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

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English, Finnish
University rank #190 (WUR) ,
The major in production design involves training artistic designers who are responsible for the visual, operational and production entity of a film production. This Design for Theatre, Film and Television - Production Design programme is offered by Aalto University.


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. Master’s degree students are expected to work independently and to play an active role in planning their studies.

A key objective of master’s degree studies in production design is to support the student’s personal goals and reinforce the competence of students with different backgrounds in the field of production design as well as direct them in their choice of specialisation. Another aim is to encourage the student to boldly bring forth his/her perspective on artistic collaboration as a whole.

A graduate of the Master’s Degree Programme in Production Design will be able to:

  • work as a production designer in demanding film and television productions
  • manage broad artistic entities
  • guide and motivate the working group implementing the designs
  • deepen his/her artistic expression
  • expand his/her skills through developments in the field and new demands, (for example, digital production design, new narrative forms for film and television)
  • develop new work methods by means of experimental and investigative work
  • renew the field in collaboration with other people responsible for artistic content in film/TV productions
  • continue his/her studies in a programme leading to a doctoral degree
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 Design for Theatre, Film and Television - Production Design programme is offered at Aalto University.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Art, theory and research
  • Performing and screen arts design
  • Production design
  • Master’s thesis
  • Exhibition and Installation Design
  • Special Materials and Techniques
  • Advanced Digital Expression
  • Scenography, Production and Costume Design Lectures
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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

              You only need to take one of these language tests:

              • Minimum required score:


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              Academic Requirements

              • 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 ofan official Bachelor's degree certificate/diploma
              • An official transcript of records (or an officially attested copy of it)
              • 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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