Film and Television - Film Sound Design, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English, Finnish
University rank #137 (QS) ,
Master’s Programme in Film and Television, major in Film Sound Design train artists and professionals to work as sound designers and sound engineers in all areas of film production. The aim of master’s studies is to improve the student’s skills, especially in the area of sound design. The Film and Television - Film Sound Design course is offered by Aalto University.


The student gains a greater understanding and mastery of the artistic, production and technical content of his/her professional area by means of course modules and practice work that steadily increases in its level of difficulty. 

A sound designer and sound engineer gains a comprehensive knowledge of the practices, means of artistic expression, technical equipment and theoretical concepts in his/her own field. A key goal of the education is to further develop the student’s talents and personality, impart additional technical and artistic skills and basic knowledge of the field and its history, and develop management skills and a research work skills. The Film and Television - Film Sound Design course is offered by Aalto University.

Essential skills to be learned are audiovisual dramaturgical and content thinking in cinematic expression, the ability to understand sound and space, management skills, communication and cooperation skills, sound design and managing the dramaturgical concept and technical realisation process for a feature-length film, a deeper knowledge of the traditions and modern trends in his/her field, and the ability to think critically and analytically.

After graduating from the master’s programme, a sound designer has a mastery of the overall artistic and technical process of sound design – from preliminary planning to the finished film. During the studies, the student becomes familiar with all phases of recording, sound work and sound design in a feature-length film and artistic and with production cooperation in film and television productions.

The goal of the education is to impart a capacity to pursue further studies.

More about the language of instruction

The language of instruction in the Master’s Programme in Film and Television, major in Film Sound Design is Finnish. However, part of the courses are taught in English. The degree can be completed in English.

Education content

Master’s studies in the major in Film Sound Design emphasise the student’s independent effort in forming his/her study path. The focus is on seminars and workshops investigating special features of film sound. The student learns to different theories of film and its sound design and participates in investigative workshops that often form larger course modules.

Students learn about sound designer and sound engineer work by means of increasingly demanding exercises. The education is mainly based on practical learning by doing, work in small groups, personal guidance and dialogue-based interaction. The aim of teaching is to support the student in developing his/her personal strengths and artistic vision.

The education may contain studies with students from other fields of art. Practice productions provide the opportunity to study sound design and recording practices and practice group work and management skills. Students are encouraged to take minor studies, particularly from teaching offered in the Film Editing and Documentary Film majors and from the courses offered by Sibelius Academy.

Career opportunities

A graduate from Film Sound Design is able to work in positions of artistic responsibility in feature-length and documentary films.

The goal of the education is to provide the preconditions needed for further studies in the field and lifelong learning.

Sound engineers and sound designers are mainly employed as freelancers and entrepreneurs in film, television, game, advertising film and other television productions.


Sound designers and/or specialisation within the film industry as desired.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Case seminars 2
  • Theme seminars
  • Film Music Seminar
  • Music Recording  2
  • MA Seminar
  • Seminar Trip 2
  • Creator-centred Research and Creator Theory
  • Film Analysis and Essay Writing
  • Master Clinic
  • Advanced Information Retrieval
  • Sound as a Storytelling Tool in Film 2
  • Sound Recording in the Field 2
  • Pro Tools Sound Editing 2
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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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  • 975 - 1590 EUR/month
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