Design for the Performing Arts

Professor in Charge of Major

Professor Liisa Ikonen

Learning Outcomes

The major in Design for the Performing Arts trains artistic designers who are responsible for the visual, spatial and operational concept for a performance or event. 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 the skills needed for pursuing doctoral studies. The aim is no longer purely to acquire vocational skills but also an ability to develop one’s field creatively and with initiative. Master’s degree students are expected to work independently and to play an active role in planning their own studies.

A graduate of the Design for the Performing Arts major will be able to

  • work as a scenographer in demanding productions in the theatres and other areas of performing arts
  • manage the special areas of design for theatre, film and television that were the focus of studies
  • manage broad artistic entities
  • lead and motivate a working group that is implementing the designs
  • deepen his/her artistic expression independently
  • 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 with other people who have artistic responsibility for productions in theatres and other areas of performing arts
  • continue his/her studies in a programme leading to a doctoral degree

Content of the Studies

The Master’s studies continue the BA level teaching by returning to the core questions of scenography with a research-oriented attitude, extending and enhancing the professional skills and knowledge, artistic and technical skills acquired earlier. The student is encouraged to plan his/her individual study path on the basis of personal interests and strengths. All theatre work studies and part of the scenography studies are organised together with the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki.

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

ELO-E5017

Performing and Screen Arts Theories

1–4

ELO-xxxxx

History of Finnish Performing and Screen Arts Design

3

ELO-E5015

History and Theory of Modern Scenography

3

In addition, students choose  5 ECTS of optional advanced art or theory 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 Performance Design. Students choose 10–15 ECTS of studies from an annually changing selection of courses for the study module Performing and screen arts design. In the personal stydy plan it can also be agreed for courses other than the ones mentioned below to be included in the study module.

ELO-E6000

Mediated Performance Design

8

ELO-E5209 

Sound and Scenography

5

ELO-E6001  

Performing Objects

4

ELO-E5003 

Exhibition and Installation Design

6–10

ELO-E6002

Experimental Scenography Workshop

2–8

ELO-E5004

Special Materials and Techniques

2–8

ELO-E5200

Projection Techniques

3

ELO-E5007

Virtual Space and Body

2–8

ELO-E5006

Advanced Digital Expression

1-3

ELO-E5016

Scenography, Production and Costume Design Lectures

1-4

ELO-E5012

Special Areas of Scenography (MA)

2-25

ELO-xxxx

SPACE reading circle

2-4

ELO-E5208

Introduction to Intermedial Design

2

ELO-E5205

Digital Visual Media Production for Performing Arts

5

ELO-E5207

Performing with Visual Media

5

ELO-xxxx

Interactive and Playful Design in Performing Arts

5

Performance 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 Performance Design. Students choose 25–30 ECTS of studies from an annually changing selection of courses for the study module Performance Design. In the personal stydy plan it can also be agreed for courses other than the ones mentioned below to be included in the study module.

ELO-E5201

Big Stage

8

ELO-E5202

Dance as a Comprehensive Work of Art

10-15

ELO-E6004

Performance Design Masterclass

2–8

ELO-E5008

Independent Project (MA)

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 Scenography

Code

Name

Credits

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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