Film and Television - Cinematography, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English, Finnish
University rank #190 (WUR) ,
In Master’s Programme in Film and Television, major in Cinematography, the student deepens his/her vocational competence to achieve a greater mastery of the overall artistic, production and technical entity of his/her professional area in various film, TV and advertising productions. This Film and Television - Cinematography programme is offered by Aalto University.


A student of cinematography has a wide-ranging mastery of artistic means of expression, cinematography methods and challenging technical concepts, equipment and work methods. In addition, the student becomes familiar with both the cinematographer’s changing role and also the use of new artistic and technical working methods and technologies along with innovative research connected with them.

The goal of education is to reinforce the student’s personal strengths and development in line with personal artistic vision, deepen cooperation skills with others responsible for artistic film work, and provide the skills needed for independent research work.

Career opportunities

A cinematographer with an MA is able to work as the person with artistic responsibility in demanding drama, documentary and advertising films. A graduate of the major in Cinematography is able to work as a cinematographer in a feature-length drama film, documentary film, television or advertising film.  Cinematographers also work as instructors in the field at universities of applied science and media institutions.

Although the goal of education is to primarily produce professionals with strong personalities for the film industry, it also encourages students to apply for further studies and lifelong learning.

Cinematographers are mainly employed as freelancers in film, television and audiovisual productions. Cinematographers are also suited to work in various phases of digital post-production and effects work and in designing and realising virtual scenography.

Recommended minor subjects for students of cinematography include directing, film editing, graphic design, digital and virtual scenography and digital modelling.

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

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Cinematography Methods
  • Master’s Thesis Seminar 
  • Creator-centred Research and Creator Theory
  • Film Analysis and Essay Writing 
  • Advanced Information Retrieval  
  • Master Clinic
  • Film History Specialisation
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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

                                    English Language Requirements

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                                    Academic Requirements

                                    • Finnish Bachelor's degree from a Finnish university of applied sciences
                                    • A printed and signed cover letter from the online application system. (Cover letter pdf is provided in the system after submitting your online application form.)
                                    • An officially attested copy of an official Bachelor's degree certificate/diploma
                                    • An official transcript of records 
                                    • An authorised translation of the degree certificate/diploma and an authorised translation of the official transcript of records
                                    • Language certificate
                                    • Portfolio
                                    • A CV

                                    Tuition Fee

                                    • International Applies to you

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

                                      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

                                    910 - 1400 EUR/month
                                    Living Costs

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