Production Design

Professor in Charge of Major

Professor Kaisa Mäkinen

Learning Outcomes

The major in production design involves training artistic designers who are responsible for the visual, operational and productional entity of a film and TV productions.

The aim of the education is to find and enhance the student’s personal artistic vision, to extend his/her professional competence and/or specialization and to provide skills needed for doctoral studies. Along with professional skills, the goal is to achieve the ability to develop one’s 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 specialization. Another aim is to encourage the student to boldly bring forth his/her perspective on artistic collaboration as a whole.

A graduate of the Production Design major will be able to

  • work as a production designer in 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 competence according to development and new requirements in the field
  • 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

Content of the Studies

Master’s degree studies include delving into the special areas of production design, research-related studies to develop conceptual thinking relating to design for theatre, film and television, and productions that realize artistic expression.

The students can take research-oriented and theoretical studies that are an introduction to doctoral studies in the Degree Programmes of both Film and Television and Design for Theatre, Film and Television.

Master's Degree 120 ECTS

Major Studies

90 ECTS

Art, theory and research 20 ECTS
Performing and screen arts design 10-15 ECTS
Production design 25-30 ECTS
Master’s thesis 30 ECTS

 

Elective Studies

30 ECTS

Major Studies 90 ECTS

Code

Name

ECTS Credits

Art, theory and research

20

ELO-E5000 

Research Practices

1

ELO-E5001

MA Seminar

4

In addition, students choose 15 ECTS of art, theory or research studies from the following areas: research and theory of performing arts, history of finnish performing and screen arts design, history and theory of film, history of architecture, art history, history and theory of television.

Performing and screen arts design

10–15

Students need to complete a total of 40 ECTS of studies from the study modules in Performing and Screen Arts Design and Production Design. Students choose 10-15 ECTS of studies from an annually changing selection of courses for the study module in Performing and Screen Art Design. In the personal study plan it can also be agreed for courses other than the ones mentioned below to be included in the study module.

ELO-E5003

Exhibition and Installation Design

6–10

ELO-E5004

Special Materials and Techniques

2–8

ELO-E5006

Advanced Digital Expression

3

ELO-E5016

Scenography, Production and Costume Design Lectures

1–4

Production design

25–30

Students need to complete a total of 40 ECTS of studies from the study modules in Performing and Screen Arts Design and Production Design. Students choose 10-15 ECTS of studies from an annually changing selection of courses for the study module in Production Design. In the personal study plan it can also be agreed for courses other than the ones mentioned below to be included in the study module.

ELO-E5502

Virtual Set Design 1

3

ELO-E5503

Virtual Set Design 2

6–9

ELO-E5504

Production Design Masterclass

2–6

ELO-E5007

Virtual Space and Body

2–8

ELO-E4010

Advanced MA Lab for Film Art

10–25 *

ELO-E5008

Independent Project

1–20 *

ELO-E5009

International Project

1–10

ELO-E5010

MA Production

6–12

Master’s thesis

30

ELO.thes 

Master’s Thesis

30

* ) Students have the right to be credited with components of courses from courses over 12 ECTS.

Elective Studies 30 ECTS

In addition, students choose 30 ECTS of elective studies. As elective studies, students can complete minor studies and/or take individual courses from other programmes at Aalto University or other Finnish universities, participate in an international student exchange programme, do an internship in Finland or abroad, or take elective courses offered by the major.

Elective Studies in Pruduction Design

Code

Name

Credits

ELO-E5511

Production Design

10–20

ELO-E5506

Storyboard 3

ELO-E5507

Conseptual Design

4

ELO-E5509

Essay (MA)

1–8

ELO-E5510

Learning Portfolio

1–2

ELO-E5505

International Seminar

1–10

ELO-E5012

Special Areas of Scenography (MA)

2–25

ELO.trai

Training (MA)

3–20

ELO-E5011

Literature (MA)

1–8

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