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What will I learn?

Goal of education

Master’s programme in Film and Television, major in Film Directing strengthen the student director’s idea generation skills, idea development, story building and narration skills in addition to developing the director’s personal cinematic style and directorial identity.

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 the major 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.

A discussion on the student’s plan for studies provides the underpinnings for the Personal Study Plan (HOPS), according to which the student, in addition to film directing studies, acquires greater depth of competence in scriptwriting, visual narration and/or sound narration studies, or applies for some existing module of minor studies open to MA students.

During master’s studies, the student directs a short film that can be realised on slender resources and that is based on a script conceived or written by the director. 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).

Career opportunities

A student who graduates from master’s studies is able to work as a director of a feature-length film and in a television production. Film directors work in domestic film production companies as directors, in television production companies and at Yleisradio (the Finnish Broadcasting Company) as television drama directors, in commercial film and video productions and non-fiction productions, and as instructors in the field at universities of applied science and media institutions.

The student has the opportunity to complete an internship in the master’s phase, either in a film and/or television production.

The studies include regular meetings with actors in the field (production advisors, managers of television channel co-productions) and participation in Association of Finnish Film Directors activities.

Other recommended minor subjects for students of film directing include: Audiovisual narrative and design or the minor module options for the major in producing.

Which department am I in?

School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
€15,000.00 (12,34,568) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


Aalto University

Otaniemi Campus,

Otakaari 24,



02150, Finland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should hold a Bachelor's degree equivalent of 180 ECTS credits or more to be eligible to apply. The degree must be of at least three years of full-time studies. The degree from a foreign university must in the awarding country give eligibility for corresponding Master’s level studies. An applicable degree may also be an internationally accredited university level MBA program. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic IELTS only) Overall Band Score 6.5 and Writing Band Score 5.5; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A) Total Score 59 and Writing Score 50; TOEFL IBT (Internet-based Test) Total Score 92 and Writing Score 22 or PBT (Paper-based Test) Total Score 580 and Writing Score 4.0 or PDT (Paper-delivered Test) Reading 22, Listening 22 and Writing 24; CAE/CPE (CAE = Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, CPE = Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English) - Grades A, B, C.

For international students

Applicants must have an appropriate Bachelor´s degree or an equivalent qualification.

English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic IELTS only) - Overall Band Score: 6.5; Writing Band Score: 5.5
  • TOEFL - Total score: 92 (IBT), 580 (PBT); Writing score: 22 (IBT), 4.0 (PBT); PDT reading section 22, listening section 22 and writing section 24
  • CAE/CPE (CAE = Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, CPE = Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English) - Grades accepted: A, B, C
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic only) - Total score: 59; Writing score: 50

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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