Master of Arts in Film and Television - Screenwriting

Aalto University

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Master of Arts in Film and Television - Screenwriting

Aalto University

In the Master’s Programme in Screenwriting, the student studies in greater depth the central theoretical questions and artistic modes of expressions within the field and obtains the skills needed to apply this learning in their own screenwriting work. The skills needed for different work tasks and roles, such as working as a dramaturg, are strengthened through individual projects, group work, international studies and cooperative projects with other actors within the field who are involved in artistic and production work. The master’s student also acquires skills through engagement in research activities.

Goal of education

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.

More about the language of instruction

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

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.

Career opportunities

Students who major in Screenwriting specialise and are employed in artistic work in films (screenwriters, screenwriter directors, screenwriter producers), artistic production work in television (TV scriptwriters, script and story editors, producers, assistant producers), as developers in the game industry, entrepreneurs and social actors (production companies, television channels, institutions in the field) and as teachers (universities and universities of applied science).


Some of the studies are completed as international projects, seminars, and workshops. Student exchanges provide students with the opportunity to become familiar with the international education and operating environment on a longer-term basis. Broad-based, yearly cooperation is possible in conjunction with, for example, the Engage project (Screen Academy Scotland at Edinburgh Napier University, National Film School Ireland at IADT, Baltic Film and Media School at Tallinn University) and Screenwriting Research Network activities.

Admission procedure

Applicants for the Master’s Degree Programme in Film and Television; Screenwriting apply in the Master’s level admissions in the field of Art and Design. Student selection takes place by means of a two-stage entrance exam. During this process, some applicants are eliminated between the two stages. Selection is based on the application documents, advance assignments, work samples (portfolio), a study plan compiled by the applicant, and a CV. The second stage consists of an interview and any application-specific advance assignments and additional work samples required by the programme being applied for.

Key admission criteria for selecting Screenwriting students are an understanding of drama, visual storytelling ability, social skills, process work skills, understanding details and concepts, and a readiness to observe, recognise, and create special and important experiential concepts.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Finnish
  • Swedish

Last updated December 14, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
2 years
Full time
Jan. 25, 2017
Application period: 2016-12-15 - 2017-01-25
Start date Aug. 2017
Finland Helsinki
Application deadline Jan. 25, 2017
Application period: 2016-12-15 - 2017-01-25
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years