Master of Arts in Design for Theatre, Film and Television; Scenography

Aalto University

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Master of Arts in Design for Theatre, Film and Television; Scenography

Aalto University

Note! The Master’s Degree Programme in Scenography will not accept new students for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Goal of education

The major in scenography trains artistic designers who are responsible for the visual, spatial and operational concept for a live performance. The aim of the education is to to help students find and enhance their personal artistic visions, extend their professional competencies and/or specialisations and to provide them with skills needed for pursuing doctoral studies. The aim is no longer to acquire purely vocational skills but also the 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 Master’s Degree Programme in Scenography will be able to

  • work as a scenographer in demanding productions in the theatre and other areas of performing arts
  • have a good command of the special areas of theatre, film and television design that were the focus of studies
  • have a good command of broad artistic entities
  • lead and motivate the production team technicians that implement the design elements
  • 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
  • stay on top of developments in the field with other people who have artistic responsibility for productions in theatres and other areas of the performing arts
  • continue his/her studies in a programme leading to a doctoral degree

More about the language of instruction

The language of instruction in the Master’s Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television is Finnish. However, in the major of Scenography, part of the courses are taught in English. The degree can be completed in English.

Education content

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 of the theatre studies and part of the scenography studies are organised together with the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts in Helsinki.

Career opportunities

In addition to working in theatre, a scenographer who has completed the MA programme may work in the field of expanded scenography or in multidisciplinary art projects. Graduates of the programme may also apply for doctoral studies.


Graduates of the programme work as scenographers, primarily in professional theatres or in opera, puppetry, dance, circus or other performing arts.


Students are encouraged to complete part of their studies in international exchange programmes or internships. International visiting teachers and exchange students enrich the teaching and help students network.

Admission procedure

Applicants for the Master’s Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television (Scenography) may apply through master’s level admissions in the field of art and design.

The key admissions criteria for the major in scenography include: the artistic level of the work presented, the applicant's grasp of the basic skills associated with the profession and his/her level of motivation towards advanced studies. The main requirement is a bachelor’s degree completed in the field or an equivalent level of knowledge, skills and experience in theatre, film or television production.

Student selection takes place by means of a two-stage entrance exam. Some applicants are eliminated in the first stage. Applicants must submit the required application documents, work portfolio, letter of motivation and CV. Selection is based on these submissions as well as an interview and possible additional samples of work.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Finnish
  • Swedish
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Last updated October 21, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
2 years
Full time
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The application period is 1 December 2015 - 15 January 2016.
Start date Aug. 2017
Finland Helsinki
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The application period is 1 December 2015 - 15 January 2016.
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Duration 2 years