Major in Film Directing

Lecturer in Charge of Major

Lecturer Lenka Hellstedt

Learning Outcomes

Master’s studies with a 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.

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 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. According to the study plan drawn up in the personal study plan discussion, the director deepens his/her competence in scriptwriting, visual narration or sound narration.

During master’s studies, the student directs short films based on ideas developed and scripted by the director and implemented with light resources or a short film scripted on the basis of the director’s idea. During master’s studies, the student learns to understand the importance of resourcing when planning and realising a film and becomes familiar with actors in the professional field of film and television (production companies, financing and distribution).

Major Studies 90 ECTS

Code

Name

ECTS Credits

Advanced Studies in Film Directing

90

Students of the major complete 60 ECTS of studies from an annually changing selection of courses so that at least the minimum credit requirements of the study modules are fulfilled. In addition, students complete a master’s thesis.

Art, Theory and Research Studies

5–22

ELO-E1501

Film Analysis and Essay Writing 

4

ELO-E1001

Master Clinic

1–2

ELO-E1002

Advanced Information Literacy

1

ELO-E1004

MA Seminar

3–5

ELO-C1010

Film History Specialisation

1–6

Advanced Studies in Film Directing

30–40

ELO-E3501

MA Master Class

8–12

ELO-E3502

MA Film Excercise

8–12

ELO-E3507

Worshops in Directing

2–8

ELO-E3510

Genre Workshop

2–12

ELO-E1000

International Studies (MA)

4–8

Advanced Special Courses

2–20

ELO-E3500

MA Courses with Varying Content (Directing)

4–12

ELO-E3509

Acting and Other TeaK Courses

2–15

Master’s Thesis

30

ELO.thes 

Master’s Thesis

30

 

Elective Studies 30 ECTS

All master’s degrees at Aalto ARTS include 30 ECTS of elective studies. As elective studies, students can for example complete courses at Aalto University or other Finnish universities or participate in an international student exchange programme. 

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