Major in Screenwriting

Professor in Charge of Major

Professor Iiro Küttner

Learning Outcomes

Master's students in Screenwriting develop their ability to produce high-quality and artistically significant work and are able to apply this ability in the artistic production process and related group work.  Master’s students become familiar with the central theoretical questions in the field and acquire the skills needed for research activities.

The educational goal in the field of screenwriting for film and television is for graduates to be able to work professionally in the field and to research and renew the current realm of human experience, in which life is more planned, produced, and recorded in writing than ever before. The master's degree programme directs students to engage in the deeper intellectual and societal structures associated with modes of artistic expression, with special focus on the use of animation in screenwriting, during the study process, and in research.

Education Content

The core content in the master's degree programme consists of structured project work in which the students work individually to produce a piece of art and develop their specialist expertise in dynamic multi-disciplinary groups.

As a master’s thesis, the student produces a competitive script of high artistic and production quality and the related research section, in which he/she addresses an issue in the screenwriting field that is meaningful both personally and to the screenwriting community.

The master’s student also becomes familiar with the practice, theory, and research history of screenwriting as well as with recent achievements and new applications in the field. The student is able to assess the importance and feasibility of their own screenwriting, film and television series projects, and those of fellow students. The skills needed for various duties and job descriptions are strengthened through personal projects, group work, international studies, and joint projects with other artistic practitioners and producers in the field. Minor study modules (such as Film Directing, Film and Television Producing, Film Editing or other university-level studies) allow the student to understand the comprehensive and organic nature of film and television and related fields. Seminars, variable study modules, international workshops, and educational projects help students identify their personal strengths and network in a meaningful manner.

Major Studies 90 ECTS

Code

Name

ECTS Credits

Advanced Studies in Screenwriting

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

min. 10

ELO-E1004

MA Seminar
(Obligatory)

3-5

ELO-E1001

Master Clinic

1-2

ELO-E1002

Advanced Information Literacy

1

Art, Theory and Research Studies in Screenwriting

ELO-E2000

Screenwriting Literature

2-5

ELO-E2027

Film analysis

3-5

ELO-E2003

Television Series Course

4-6

ELO-E2004

New Forms of TV Fiction

4-6

ELO-E2005

Academic Theatre Club

3-5

ELO-E1006

Theoretical and Research-Oriented Studies or Project with Varying Content

2-15

ELO-E2028

Festivals, Seminars, Other Events (MA)

2-15

Advanced Studies in Screenwriting

min. 20

Studies supporting artistic master's thesis. Study module: Ideasta käsikirjoitukseksi

21-30

ELO-E2006

Idea

3-7

ELO-E2007

Treatment Revisited

2-5

ELO-E2025

Reference Film

3

ELO-E2009

1st Version

8

ELO-E2026

Feedback

3-5

ELO-E2011

Alteration Workshop

2

Advanced Studies in Screenwriting

ELO-E2020

Special Courses in Screenwriting

2-15

ELO-E2014

Adaptation

4-10

ELO-E2029

Dramaturge

2-15

ELO-E1000

International Studies (MA)

2-15 (max 7 ECTS per year)

ELO.trai

Training

2-15 (max 7 ECTS per year)

ELO-E2015

Projects

2-15 (max 7 ECTS per year)

ELO-E2016

Other Creative Literary Activities

2-15 (max 7 ECTS per year)

ELO-E2017

Development and Expertise Skills and Services

2-15

Advanced Special Courses

min. 5

ELO-E2030

Genre Workshop

4-6

ELO-E2031

Comedy Workshop

4-6

ELO-E2032

Science-Meets-Script Project

8-10

ELO-E2020

Special Courses in Screenwriting

2-10

ELO-E1005

Courses with Varying Content in FIlm (MA)

2-10

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

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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