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

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #134 (QS) Helsinki, Finland
The major in Design for Theatre, Film and Television - Production Design from Aalto University involves training artistic designers who are responsible for the visual, operational and production entity of a film production.
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The aim of the education is to find and enhance the student’s personal artistic vision, to extend his/her professional competence and/or specialisation and to provide skills needed for doctoral studies. Along with broad-ranging professional skills, the goal is to obtain the ability to develop the student’s own field in a creative and independent manner. Design for Theatre, Film and Television - Production Design students from Aalto University are expected to work independently and to play an active role in planning their studies.

Career opportunities

In particular, the training prepares students to be production designers in film and television. Through the skills provided by the programme and their further adaptation, it is also possible to work in digital production design.  In addition, a production designer also has the possibility to apply their skills in other work related to graphic design and the use of space, such as in the production of different kinds of performing arts, as a concept designer, or as a designer for exhibitions and fairs.

The degree includes 30 credits of elective studies. They allow the student to complement his/her degree according to personal orientation or deepen his/her competence in a desired area.

Graduates of the programme can work in many positions: set designer, production designer, Art Director, Production Designer, concept designer, exhibition designer, interior designer, researcher, teacher.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Group Dynamics and Leadership
  • Contracts and Copyrights
  • Wellbeing at Work
  • Entrepreneurship and Working Life Skills
  • Artistic and Technical Breakdown of the Script 

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

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • We seek for applicants with artistic talent and personality, the capacity for illustrative and spatial understanding, readiness to work in a group and the ability to express oneself. A bachelor’s degree completed in the field or equivalent knowledge and skills is a requirement for admission.

Evaluation criteria

The criteria we use to evaluate the applications in the first stage are
  • Sufficient evidence on skills of skills and understanding related to the processes of production design for film and/or tv productions 
  • In addition to or instead of the previous criteria, sufficient experience in professional or student film or tv productions
  • Spatial understanding
  • Artistic vision
  • Visual storytelling abilities

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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