Credits: 120 ECTS cr
Responsible Professor: Professor Sofia Pantouvaki
The Costume Design Major of the Master’s Degree Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television focuses the student’s personal development in artistic practice through creative enquiry and collaboration, theoretical and critical thinking, and aims at their professional competence as costume designers in projects for screen and the performing arts. The studies are continuously enriched and updated by new design practices, new technologies and cutting-edge new research in the field.
A student who graduates from the Master’s Degree Programme in Costume Design is able to:
- Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of costume within contemporary creative practice in live and media-related performance.
- Take an active role as costume designer in artistic productions in diverse fields of the performing arts, in film, television and other camera- and media-based projects, as well as in creative projects within a broader performance context.
- Experiment on new concepts for the creation of costumes, initiate and propose new artistic ideas in costume design in various time and space contexts.
- Explore his/her artistic potential and develop a personal artistic vision in costume design.
- Reflect on prior learning and develop new working methods by returning to the core issues of costume design enquiry through a research-centered approach.
- Master diverse artistic processes and technologies for media and live performance productions, applying and extending artistic and design skills and specialist knowledge in costume design.
- Work as a creative team member in artistic explorations and productions.
- Lead and motivate the team that collaborates in the realisation of the costume designs.
- Investigate existing film, media and performance design traditions and provide critical and creative input that extends the boundaries of costume beyond traditional roles in contemporary culture and practice.
- Reach a level of proficiency where further external or doctoral studies in costume design can be undertaken.
The major studies in Costume Design enhance the development of the students' artistic expression and conceptual thinking, and expand their creative, professional and technical skills and competency as visionary costume designers. The students have the possibility to experiment on advanced concepts for costume design in special areas of performance and media, and to reflect and respond to artistically demanding productions through the design and creative processes of costume design.
The studies include entrepreunial aspects, time and budget management skills, training in developing collaborative artistic work and in communicating ideas to a technical team. If interested, the students can focus on the history, theory and research of costume, and enrich their research skills. The learning is based on a practice-led research approach, where the students’ personal strengths and interests are taken into consideration in planning the content of the studies. The studies are organised in collaboration with the Master’s Programme of Film and Television and with the University of the Arts/Theatre Academy, as well as with external institutions, individual artists and professional companies.
Master's Degree 120 ECTS
Art, theory and research 20 ECTS
|Elective Studies||30 ECTS|
Major Studies 90 ECTS
Art, Theory and Research
Performing and Screen Arts Theories
History of Finnish Performing and Screen Arts Design
Costume and Research
In addition, students choose 5 ECTS of optional advanced art, theory or research studies as agreed in the Personal Study Plan.
ELO-E5015, History and Theory of Modern Scenography, 4cr
ELO-E1020, Film History
Performing and Screen Arts Design and Costume Design
Students need to complete a total of 40 ECTS of studies from the study modules in Performing and Screen Arts Design and Costume Design as following:
Performing and Screen Arts Design
Compulsory courses in Performing and Screen Arts Design module:
Period Costume and Style
Scenography, Production and Costume Design Lectures
Additional credits for this module may be taken from the following courses upon agreement with Professor:
Virtual Space and Body
|ELO-E5028||Character Design and Virtual Materiality||2-6|
Special Materials and Techniques (Costume Design)
|ELO-C6508||Makeup and Hairstyling*||1|
|*This course is only available to MA students who have not completed their BA degree in Aalto.|
Compulsory courses in Costume Design module:
Costume Design Lab
Additional credits for this module may be taken from the following courses upon agreement in students' PSP (personal study plan)
|ELO-C5004||Workshop Health and Safety**||1|
|ELO-E6507||Special Areas in Costume Design||1-12|
Costume Design Master Class
Costume as Performance
|ELO-E5213||Artistic Collaboration (TeaK)||10-15|
Advanced MA Lab for Film Art
|**Compulsory to students who have not completed their BA degree in Aalto.|
|In addition, students choose 30 ECTS of elective studies. As elective studies, students can complete minor studies and/or take individual courses from other programmes at Aalto University or other Finnish universities, participate in an international student exchange programme, do an internship in Finland or abroad, or take elective courses offered by the major.|
|ELO-E6508||Assistance during MA Studies||1-10|
|ELO-E6509||Peer Tutoring in Student Production during the MA studies||1-8|
|ELO-E5026||Special Areas of Scenography (MA)||1-12|
|ELO-E5514||Focus on Production Design||1-12|
|ELO-E6007||Experimental Scenography Workshop||2-6|
|ELO-E5025||Special Materials and Techniques (Scenography)||2-6|
|ELO-E5024||Digital Expression (MA)||3-6|
|ELO-E1016||ELO / Entrepreneurship and Working Life Skills||2|
|ELO-E1017||ELO / Seventh Art||2|
|ELO-E1018||ELO / Artistic and Technical Breakdown of the Script 1||2|
|ELO-E1019||ELO / Artistic and Technical Breakdown of the Script 2||2|
|ELO-E1013||ELO / Group Dynamics and Leadership||2|
|ELO-E1015||ELO / Well Being at Work||2|
|ELO-E1005||Courses with varying content in Film (MA)||1-16|
* ) Students have the right to be credited with components of courses from courses over 12 ECTS.