Film and Television - Documentary Film, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English, Finnish
University rank #137 (QS) ,
The goal of the Master’s Programme in Film and Television, major in Documentary Film is to train visionary documentary film directors who create the future of the field. This Film and Television - Documentary Film programme is offered by Aalto University.


In Master’s degree studies, the students deepen their vision regarding theory, history and contemporary expression in the genre, and develop their competence in relation to the changing professional field of documentary film.

A broader understanding of development in the field and its future possibilities is built on the foundation of the director’s competence in his/her professional role. Direction of the MA diploma film is an important framework within which students strengthen their specialisation in the professional field of the genre and take part in developing a tradition of expression.

A graduate with a major in Documentary Film (Master’s programme) is able to:

  • work as an independent documentary film director, teacher, instructor or be employed in applied professional tasks in the documentary film profession (such as festivals, financing, distribution, production, production of commissioned films)
  • identify his/her style as a director
  • question and develop practices in the field
  • question and reflect on the traditions in his/her field and apply for further film studies.
Career opportunities

The students graduate as independent film directors who have the opportunity to work as players, teachers, critics or event organisers who shape the future of the genre while working in organisations and at festivals and in the broader field of culture.  In particular, master’s degree studies are a requirement for working in teaching positions. Students who graduate from the programme with a master’s degree are at the forefront of the field in our country and have an important influence as instructors or when working in other sectors. The works produced by graduates of Documentary Film studies are highly visible at various international festivals.

 This Film and Television - Documentary Film programme is offered by Aalto University.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

    • Practice Based Research and Filmmaker's Theory
    • Film Analysis and Essay Writing
    • Master Clinic
    • Advanced Information Literacy
    • History of Documentary Film 2
    • Theory of Documentary Film 2
    • Documentary Film and Ethics
    • Seventh Art
    • Dramaturgy in Music
    • Special Areas in Film Dramaturgy
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                      Detailed Programme Facts

                      • Programme intensity Full-time
                        • Full-time duration 24 months
                      • Credits
                        120 ECTS
                      • Languages
                        • Partially taught in English
                        • Partially taught in Finnish
                      • Delivery mode
                        On Campus

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                      • Finnish Bachelor's degree from a Finnish university of applied sciences
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