Master's Programme in New Media - New Media Design and Production

The New Media Design and Production major brings together a multicultural group of students with very versatile skills and backgrounds. They all share the same passion of exploring the opportunities that new digital technology, such as artificial intelligence and social media, opens for communication, interaction and art.
Department of Media prototyping


Taiteen maisteri


1.12.2020 – 4.1.2021




2 vuotta, täysipäiväinen


Soveltuva alempi korkeakoulututkinto


Taiteiden ala


120 opintopistettä


Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu


EU/ETA-alueen ulkopuoliset kansalaiset, €15000/v (maisteriopinnot)

Hakuaika alkaa 1.12.2020 09:00 (UTC+2)

Study objectives

In a technology-saturated world, it is indispensable to understand and study the impacts that technology has on individuals, organisations and society. The New Media Design and Production major brings together a multicultural group of students with very versatile skills and backgrounds. They all share the same passion of exploring the opportunities that new digital technology, such as artificial intelligence and social media, opens for communication, interaction and art. By tailoring the degree according to their interests and choosing from a wide variety of focus areas including media art and culture, interaction design, physical computing, and interactive narratives, the graduates of the programme have unique competences to take on new and emerging professions within the broad spectrum of the new media industry.

Upon graduating from the Master’s Programme in New Media – New Media Design and Production, graduates will have:

  • The ability to understand the complex demands and dynamics of the modern media landscape. Graduates understand the fragmented and complex nature of various forms of digital media and concepts such as information manipulation. They have gained a profound knowledge of how technology shapes business, communication and self-expression.
  • Skills for creative collaboration, concept development, design and realisation. Graduates have strong interpersonal skills and they are able to do creative work as part of culturally diverse and transdisciplinary teams.
  • Human-centric approach to digital innovations. Graduates are skilled in anticipating consumer values, translating them into product and service offerings and keeping humans at the center of the design process.
  • Both broad understanding across disciplines and in-depth skills in a specialisation area of their choice. Graduates have the benefits of both breadth of knowledge and specialisation. Possible specialisation areas include interaction design and user-experience design, physical computing, 3D animation, as well as interactive storytelling.
  • Critical thinking skills. Graduates are able to critically analyse and develop established design traditions.
  • The ability to extend their professional competence. Graduates embrace lifelong learning as the field is ever-evolving and new technologies emerge.
  • An in-built sustainable approach to their profession. Graduates see planetary health, society and people as the starting point for successful design.

Study language(s)

In the Master’s Programme in New Media – New Media Design and Production the language of instruction is English.

Postgraduate study option

The Master’s programme in New Media – New Media Design and Production at Aalto is considered a great foundation for doctoral studies and for further pursuing an academic career.

Content of the studies

The New Media Design and Production major is run in parallel with the MA in New Media programme’s other two majors, Game Design and Production and Sound in New Media. All New Media majors have compulsory joint courses in the beginning of their studies where they are introduced to the Department of Media as well as media art and culture as an integral part of society. Students should also compile their Personal study plan, including which specialisation areas they wish to focus on. The courses in the New Media Design and Production major fall under the key themes of:

  • New Media Art and Culture
  • New Media Design and Technology

Students can choose to further specialise in some of the following areas:

  • 3D Animation
  • Physical Computing and Digital Fabrication
  • Storytelling and Interactive Narratives
  • Virtual Reality (VR)


By nature, studies in new media emphasise emerging fields and practices as well as related tools and technologies for communication, creative production and distribution. The topics deal with some of the most burning questions of our time, such as how artificial intelligence is changing creative industries and society as a whole.

Sustainability is deeply integrated into the studies – students evaluate and familiarise themselves with different fabrication processes such as 3D printing, examine material manufacturing processes through critical lenses, and come up with new, innovative design methods.

To give concrete examples of some of the topics covered in the programme, below is a selection of five courses from the programme’s extensive curriculum:

  • Introduction to Creative Coding (3-6 ECTS)
  • Introduction to Media Art and Culture (3-5 ECTS)
  • Media and the Environment (3-6 ECTS)
  • Embodied Interaction (6 ECTS)
  • Generative and Interactive Narratives (3-5 ECTS)


The education is project-oriented, combining practice with theory. The project modules emphasise interdisciplinary and collaborative work, while individual skills are developed in the tools and skills modules, in workshops, and through tutored studio work.

Academic communication and writing are a part of the studies, and more research courses can be chosen if the student is planning to become a researcher. Students and researchers are encouraged to network internationally and have the option to spend a part of their studies abroad through any of our exchange programmes.


Overall, the Master’s Programme in New Media – New Media Design and Production comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits. The two-year programme consists of:

  • Advanced major studies (60 ECTS)
  • Elective studies (30 ECTS)
  • Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)

Personal Study Plan (PSP)

The Personal Study Plan (PSP) is a practical tool to define a student’s own study path, compiling an optimal selection of courses that are aligned with the student's interests and programme requirements. PSP is also a useful tool for students to keep track of their studies. At best, it shows where students are with their studies and sets concrete milestones for them to follow.

For further information on studies, see Study Guide 2020-2022.


The New Media Design and Production major provides an excellent basis for an international career. A significant number of the department’s applicants, students, teachers and researchers are from abroad, and all of the courses are taught in English. Students and researchers are encouraged to network internationally and have the option to spend a part of their studies abroad through any of our exchange programmes.

Aalto University is international by nature, welcoming thousands of degree and exchange students from abroad every year. These students join the diverse Aalto community not only through studies but also via multiple free time events, celebrations and extracurricular activities around the campus. Active tutoring programs and support services work hard to help international students integrate into the Nordic culture and feel at home in Finland.

Multidisciplinary opportunities

The Department of Media’s Media Lab is often referred to as “Micro-Aalto” due to the number of different disciplines merging into a unified Master’s programme. The Master's Programme in New Media is situated at the intersection of arts, design and technology – bringing together talents from these different fields. This spontaneous environment sparks new ideas, gathers enthusiasts around them and gives birth to friendships, networks, and sometimes even startup companies. The programme also has close co-operation with the other Aalto Schools as well as with some of the leading international art schools.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have an excellent basis for an international career. Their future professional profiles relate to the various fields of new media design and research, including interface design, interaction design, information design, interactive storytelling, new media production, media art and design, software design and digital animation. As the field of digital media is in constant motion, graduates often get to define completely new roles in organisations. Novel titles and responsibilities are expected to emerge in the future.

Aalto University has well-established career services to support students’ employment in Finland and abroad. Thanks to the flexible curriculum, many Aalto students work already during their studies and guarantee themselves entry positions before graduation. There is also a very active entrepreneurship community at Aalto, working as a springboard for founding a company.

Programme-specific Admission Procedure and Evaluation Criteria

What we look for in an applicant?

A batch of students representing a variety of skills, backgrounds and talents are selected every spring. Grounds for the selection of students is based on a holistic review of the application, including proven artistic/designer talent, motivation and personal development potential as well as the applicant's academic history, cultural activities and previous activities in the field of new media. Deciding factors are demonstrated talent and suitability within the desired field of study. In addition, New Media Major applicants are expected to have

  •  work experience in digital media environments
  • insights into new media design and/or new media production and/or related research
  • fluent English (oral / written)

Evaluation criteria

Evaluation criteria will be updated later.


Portfolios are neither required nor accepted at the first stage of application process. In the second stage we want to see some of your work samples.


Applications must include the applicant’s CV (single PDF-file) indicating personal data, educational background, work experience, exhibitions, publications and articles, awards and grants, study trips and positions of trust.

Motivation letter

Applicants must write up a motivation letter of a maximum of 4000 characters in length, explaining why they wish to apply to the degree programme in question, what their particular interests are in the field, and what their hopes and expectations are regarding studies at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The plan should explain the applicant’s personal strengths, areas of interest, artistic and design visions and artistic objectives.

Language of application documents

The application documents must be written in Finnish, Swedish or English.

Second stage

Part of the applicants are invited to the second stage. The invitation to the second stage is sent to the applicants at latest 7 days in advance.

At the second stage of the application process there will be some homework, and during the interview the jury needs to see some of your other work samples. In the homework package there will be detailed guidelines how to proceed. If you are getting to the second stage of the admission process, you will get the homework package and the invitation to the interview via email.


In case of programme-specific questions and inquiries, please contact [email protected]

If there are open questions about the admissions and applying instructions, you can reach out to [email protected].

You can read more about the programme on programme’s website.

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