Costume Design

Professor in Charge of Major

Professor Sofia Pantouvaki

Learning outcomes

The Costume Design Major of the Master’s Degree Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television focuses the student’s personal development in artistic practice through creative enquiry and collaboration, theoretical and critical thinking, and aims at their professional competence as costume designers in projects for screen and the performing arts. The studies are continuously enriched and updated by new design practices, new technologies and cutting-edge new research in the field.

A student who graduates from the Master’s Degree Programme in Costume Design is able to:

  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of costume within contemporary creative practice in live and media-related performance.
  • Take an active role as costume designer in artistic productions in diverse fields of the performing arts, in film, television and other camera- and media-based projects, as well as in creative projects within a broader performance context.
  • Experiment on new concepts for the creation of costumes, initiate and propose new artistic ideas in costume design in various time and space contexts.
  • Explore his/her artistic potential and develop a personal artistic vision in costume design.
  • Reflect on prior learning and develop new working methods by returning to the core issues of costume design enquiry through a research-centered approach.
  • Master diverse artistic processes and technologies for media and live performance productions, applying and extending artistic and design skills and specialist knowledge in costume design.
  • Work as a creative team member in artistic explorations and productions.
  • Lead and motivate the team that collaborates in the realisation of the costume designs.
  • Investigate existing film, media and performance design traditions and provide critical and creative input that extends the boundaries of costume beyond traditional roles in contemporary culture and practice.
  • Reach a level of proficiency where further external or doctoral studies in costume design can be undertaken.

Education Content

The major studies in Costume Design enhance the development of the students' artistic expression and conceptual thinking, and expand their creative, professional and technical skills and competency as visionary costume designers. The students have the possibility to experiment on advanced concepts for costume design in special areas of performance and media, and to reflect and respond to artistically demanding productions through the design and creative processes of costume design.

The studies include entrepreunial aspects, time and budget management skills, training in developing collaborative artistic work and in communicating ideas to a technical team. If interested, the students can focus on the history, theory and research of costume, and enrich their research skills. The learning is based on a practice-led research approach, where the students’ personal strengths and interests are taken into consideration in planning the content of the studies. The studies are organised in collaboration with the Master’s Programme of Film and Television and with the University of the Arts/Theatre Academy, as well as with external institutions, individual artists and professional companies.

Master's Degree 120 ECTS

Major Studies

90 ECTS

Art, theory and research 20 ECTS
Performing and screen arts design 10-15 ECTS
Costume 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

ELO-E5013

Performing and Screen Arts Theories

4

ELO-xxxx

History of Finnish Performing and Screen Arts Design

3

ELO-E6510

Costume and Research

3–6

In addition, students choose 2–5 ECTS of optional advanced art, theory or research studies as agreed in the Personal Study Plan.

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 Costume Design.

Compulsory courses in Performing and Screen Arts Design module:

ELO-E6501

Period Costume and Style

5

ELO-E5016

Scenography, Production and Costume Design Lectures

2–4

Additional credits for this module to be taken from the following courses:

ELO-E5007

Virtual Space and Body

1–8

ELO-E5004

Special Materials and Techniques

2–8

Costume 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 Costume Design.

Compulsory courses in Costume design module:

 

ELO-E6504

Costume Design Lab

8

Additional credits for this module to be taken from the following courses:

ELO-E6511

Costume as Performance

2–8

ELO-E4010

Advanced MA Lab for Film Art

10–20 *

ELO-E5201

Big Stage

8

ELO-E5202

Dance as comprehensive work of art

10–15

ELO-E6506

Costume Design Master Class

2–6

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 Costume Design

Code

Name

Credits

ELO-E6507

Special Areas in Costume Design (MA)

1–12

ELO-E6509

Peer Tutoring in Student Production during the MA Studies

1–8

ELO-E6508

Assistance during MA Studies

1–10

ELO-E5011

Literature (MA)

1–8

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