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Design for Theatre, Film and Television - Costume Design, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #134 (QS) ,
Are you interested in studying costume in film from a practice-based, student-centred perspective? The Costume Design programme aims at creating the future professionals for the field of costume design, supporting the development of a dynamic artistic vision and a research-oriented approach for the performing arts and the film and media creative industries. 


The studies are enriched and updated by new design practices and new research in the field.

Study objectives

The Costume Design Major of the Master’s Degree Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television aims at the student’s personal development in artistic practice, creative enquiry and collaboration, theoretical and critical thinking, and his/her professional competence as costume designer in projects for screen and the performing arts. The studies are enriched and updated by new design practices and new research in the field.

A student who graduates from the Master’s Degree Programme is able to:

  • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of costume within contemporary creative practice in live and media-related performance.
  • Take an active role as costume designer in artistic productions in diverse fields of the performing arts, in film, television and other camera- and media-based projects, as well as in creative projects within a broader performance context.
  • Experiment on new concepts for the creation of costumes, initiate and propose new artistic ideas in costume design in various time and space contexts.

Career opportunities

The student is supported to plan his/her own future path from the beginning of the Master studies with personal study plans (PSP) and individual guidance, which continues during the courses and seminars. 

The interests and strengths of each student are encouraged and complemented with minor and optional studies.  Each student is offered a possibility to focus on a specific area within the performing arts or the film and television professional field or any other performance context involving costume.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Performing and Screen Arts Theories
  • History of Finnish Performing and Screen Arts Design
  • Costume and Research
  • Period Costume and Style
  • Scenography, Production and Costume Design Lectures
  • Virtual Space and Body
  • Character Design and Virtual Materiality
  • Special Materials and Techniques (Costume Design)

    Detailed Programme Facts

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

    English Language Requirements

    This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

    Academic Requirements

    General Requirements

    Applicants for the Master’s Programme Design for Theatre, Film, and Television; Costume Design apply in the Master’s level admissions in the field of Art and Design. The prerequisite for admission to the major in Costume Design is a bachelor’s degree in the same field or in a relevant field of study, or equivalent skills and knowledge. In addition, the applicants are expected to demonstrate artistic experience in the field of costume design.


    • CV (curriculum vitae)
    • Motivation letter
    • Other programme-specific application instructions
    • Language of the application documents

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      15000 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • EU/EEA

      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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    Living costs for Helsinki

    • 975 - 1590 EUR/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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