Design for Theatre, Film and Television - Production Design

Aalto University

24 months
15000 EUR/year
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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 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


English, Finnish, Swedish
IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
92 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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