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Master's Program in Film and Television - Costume Design

Aalto University
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
English, Finnish, Swedish
Start dates
15,000 EUR
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15,000 EUR
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15,000 EUR
Inquire for more information
Aalto University

Program description

Master's Program in Film and Television - Costume Design

Are you interested in studying Costume Design at the forefront of the field? Would you like to explore costume from a practice-based perspective that stimulates new concepts and ideas? Do you want to be part of international costume-related events? The Costume Design major of the Master’s Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television aims at creating the future professionals for the field of costume design, supporting the development of a dynamic artistic vision and a research-oriented approach for the performing arts and the film and media creative industries.

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Admission requirements

You are eligible to apply in master's admissions if you have a bachelor’s degree. The bachelor's degree must be equivalent to 180 ECTS credits or three years of full-time study. The degree must give eligibility to apply for master’s degree studies at university in the awarding country. The awarding higher education institution has to be a recognised part of the official national education system of the country. It has to be accredited as a degree-granting higher education institution by the country where it is located or by a relevant international organisation (such as UNESCO).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The Master 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.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

For non-EU/EEA citizens: €15000/year


Degree: Master of Arts (Art and Design)

Credits: 120 ECTS

Study objectives

A student who graduates from the Master’s Degree Programme is able to:

  • Demonstrate a 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-centred 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.

Continuing studies

The programme provides good foundations to continue to doctoral studies.

Career opportunities

Students are supported to plan their own future path from the beginning of the Master studies with personal study plans (PSP) and individual guidance, which continues during the courses and seminars. The interests and strengths of each student are encouraged and complemented with minor and optional studies.  Each student is offered a possibility to focus on a specific area within the performing arts or the film and television professional field or any other performance context involving costume. The field of artistic practice for a costume designer is very broad and includes all kinds of live performance (theatre, opera, dance, circus, opening ceremonies and special events, and performance art), film, television and other screen and media projects, commercials and promotional events, festivals and celebrations. The structure of the studies in cooperation with other programmes and individuals provides a unique opportunity for networking and collaboration with professionals from other fields, opening the potential for new cooperation in the future. It is also possible to focus on the theory and research of the agency of costume in performance, and later undertake doctoral studies.

Costume designer, costume concept artist, costume supervisor, costume advisor, costume expert, teacher/educator in costume design, costume theorist, costume researcher, costume curator

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Aalto University

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Otakaari 1B
02150 Espoo

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