Schedule: 09.09.2019 - 20.03.2020
Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Liisa Ikonen, Sofia Pantouvaki
Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Upon completion of the course, the students are able to:
- analyze, argue, present and reflect on their own creative work and respond to constructive criticism
- discuss and give critical feedback to others' written or artistic work, ideas and methods
- raise a shared discussion and debate on cultural and artistic subjects
- read and analyze academic texts on design for theatre, film and television, and explore how to use them to support their ideas and to contextualize their own work within contemporary creative production
- write work and thesis plans, and their thesis structure
- outline a theoretical framework including literature in support of their MA Thesis
Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Student's development during the course, motivation and attendance to seminars. Independent and group work outcomes. Active participation in discussions, feedback sessions, visits and screenings. Presentation of one's own ideas for the diploma project or MA thesis.
Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
The MA Seminar in English generates discussion on topics related to design for theatre, film and television and supports the development of the MA thesis in English. The course enhances dialogue amongst the students, thus building a common culture for understanding, analysing, presenting and critiquing artistic work.. Through reading and analyzing scholarly texts , the students engage with ideas and their application through writing practice in English. The students present and develop their thesis plans according to University guidelines.
Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Academic writing, research and management of materials:
Coffey, A. and Atkinson, P., 1996. Making Sense of Qualitative Data. Thousand Oaks/London/New Delhi: Sage Publications.
Kershaw, B. and Nicholson, H. eds., 2011. Research Methods in Theatre and Performance. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press
Murray, R., 2011. How to Write a Thesis, 3 rd Edition. Berkshire: Open University Press / McGraw-Hill.
Orna, E. and Stevens, G., 1995. Managing Information for Research. Buckingham/Philadelphia: Open University Press.
Theatre/Film Scenography and Costume:
Aronson, A., 2005. Looking into the Abyss: Essays on Scenography. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press
Bachelard, G., 1958. The Poetics of Space. 1994 edition. Boston: Beacon Press
Barthes, R., 2006. The Language of Fashion. Oxford & New York: Berg
Bleeker, M., 2011. Visuality in the Theatre: The Locus of Looking (Performance Interventions). Reprint edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Bruzzi, S., 1997. Undressing Cinema, Clothing and Identity in the Movies. London & New York: Routledge
Collins, J. and Nisbet, A. eds., 2010. Theatre and Performance Design: A Reader in Scenography. London & New York: Routledge
Craig, E. G. and Chamberlain, F. ed., 2009. On the Art of the Theatre. London & New York: Routledge
Entwistle, J., 2000: The Fashioned Body: Fashion, Dress and Modern Social Theory. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Eynat-Confino, I. and Šormová, E. eds., 2000. Space and the Postmodern Stage. Prague: Ekon
Howard, P., 2009: What is Scenography? 2 nd ed. London & New York: Routledge
Lehmann, H-T., 2006. Postdramatic Theatre. London&New York Routledge
McAuley, G., 2000: Space in Performance: Making Meaning in the Theatre. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press
Monks, A., 2010. The Actor in Costume. Basingstoke/GB: Palgrave MacMillan
Munich, A., 2011. Fashion in Film. Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press
Nadoolman Landis, D., 2012: Costume Design. Lewes: Ilex
Oddey, A. and White, C. eds., 2006 . The Potentials of Spaces: The Theory and Practice of Scenography and Performance. Bristol: Intellect Books
Street, S., 2001. Costume and Cinema: Dress Codes in Popular Film. London: Wallflower Press
Thomas, H., 2003. The Body, Dance and Cultural Theory. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
MA-seminaari (4 op), MA seminar (4 cr)
Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Completed BA studies or equivalent other studies.
Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Pass - fail
Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
The order of priority for admitting students to courses at Aalto ARTS 1.1.2018 onwards (approved by The Committee of Arts, Design and Architecture on 10.10.2017)
The order of priority is as follows:
- students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have scheduled it for the current academic year in their personal study plan (HOPS);
- exchange students for whom the course is a part of his/her officially approved learning agreement and scheduled to be taken during the current semester;
- students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have not completed it yet;
- students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and has been scheduled in the student's PSP (HOPS) for the current academic year
- students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
- students for whom the course is compulsory for their minor;
- students, for whom the course is part of his/her minor subject’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
- students who have applied for the course through a student mobility scheme (internal mobility within Aalto University, flexible study right (JOO) studies etc.);
- other students.
Courses that are intended to be multidisciplinary (e.g. UWAS courses) may apply an order of priority based on the learning outcomes of the course, while bearing in mind the university obligation of enabling students to complete their degrees within the normative duration of study set for the degree. The order of priority does not apply to courses organised by the Centre for General Studies or doctoral courses.
This decision on the order of priority does not influence the right of the teacher to define prerequisites for the course.
Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
The students will be accepted to the course in the following order:
-Students of production design, design for the performing arts and costume design major, for whom the course is compulsory.
- Students of production design, design for the performing arts and costume design major, for whom the course is optional.
- Exchange students of the above mentioned majors.
- Minor students.
- Other students of the Department of Film, Television and Scenography
- Other studentsThe students can also participate in the rotating MA Seminar in Finnish. The students' presence and other workload will be considered jointly for the two seminars at the end of the year, and the credits will be added.
The credits accrued during the academic year are counted as follows:
4 credits/ECTS - 108 h (1 ECTS - 27h)
- attendance in a seminar meeting - 3 h (including preparation)
- seminar presentation - 15 h
- discussion/reflection/written response / other active participation - 8 h
Missing credits can be substituted by written essays and/or by attending various lectures held in the course of the academic year, upon agreement with the tutor.