Film and Television - Film Directing, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English, Finnish
University rank #137 (QS) ,
Master’s programme in Film and Television, major in Film Directing strengthen the student director’s idea generation skills, idea development, storybuilding and narration skills in addition to developing the director’s personal cinematic style and directorial identity. This Film and Television - Film Directing programme is offered by Aalto University.


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

Master’s studies in Film Directing deepen the student’s production competence and provide the skills to direct a feature-length film.

Education content

In master’s studies in the major in Film Directing, the student develops his/her artistic thinking and cinematic vision. The studies comprise thematic study modules with changing content. The study modules are divided into theory teaching periods and workshop work or combinations of these two elements. Some of the studies are laboratories built around a single central theme in order to develop research skills and are realised in conjunction with one or more majors.

During the master’s courses, the student develops his/her artistic thinking, studies the idiomatics of film, structure and examines the starting points for his/her personal artistic work in more detail.

A discussion on the student’s plan for studies provides the underpinnings for the Personal Study Plan (HOPS), according to which the student, in addition to film directing studies, acquires greater depth of competence in scriptwriting, visual narration and/or sound narration studies, or applies for some existing module of minor studies open to MA students.

Career opportunities

A student who graduates from master’s studies is able to work as a director of a feature-length film and in a television production. Film directors work in domestic film production companies as directors, in television production companies and at Yleisradio (the Finnish Broadcasting Company) as television drama directors, in commercial film and video productions and non-fiction productions, and as instructors in the field at universities of applied science and media institutions.

The student has the opportunity to complete an internship in the master’s phase, either in a film and/or television production.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Film Analysis and Essay Writing 
  • Master Clinic
  • Advanced Information Literacy
  • MA Seminar
  • Film History Specialisation
  • MA Master Class
  • MA Film Excercise
  • Worshops in Directing
  • Genre Workshop
  • International Studies (MA)
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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:

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Academic Requirements

  • A first cycle higher education degree (a bachelor’s degree from a university or a polytechnic) grants eligibility to apply to a master’s programme.
  • A printed and signed cover letter from the online application system.
  • 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 if the degree certificate and transcript of records are not in Finnish, Swedish or English 
  • 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

  • 975 - 1590 EUR/month
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