Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


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

- present and develop their thesis plans according to University guidelines.

- outline a theoretical framework including literature in support of their MA Thesis

Credits: 4

Schedule: 07.09.2020 - 26.03.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Liisa Ikonen, Sofia Pantouvaki

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Sanna Lumikko, Sofia Pantouvaki, Susanna Suurla

Contact information for the course (valid 04.09.2020-21.12.2112):

Course teacher: Susanna Suurla,

Responsible teacher: Professor Sofia Pantouvaki,

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: Finnish

Languages of study attainment: Finnish, Swedish, English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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. During the course students identify central concepts and methods of artistic research for the performing and screen arts. The course enhances skills related to thesis writing and dialogue amongst the students, thus building a common culture for understanding, analysing, presenting and critiquing thesis work. 

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course will be taught in English. 

    Due to the Covid 19 pandemic situation, the course will be taught remotely, all meetings will be held via Zoom.

    You will find the Zoom invite to each meeting at the announcements on the front page of the course here in MyCourses. The zoom invites will be placed by Monday morning before each meeting. 

    Topics covered in the Spring are:

    • Monday 11.1. at 15.15 - 17 Reasoning & Arguing + Possible student presentations
    • Monday 1.2. at 15.15 - 17 Writing Practices
    • Monday 22.2. at 15.15 - 17 Wellbeing and the thesis writing process + Possible student presentations
    • Monday 15.3. at 15.15 - 17 Turnitin
    • Monday 22.3. - Friday 26.3. Intensive week, schedule to be published later

    Topics covered in the autumn are:

    •Monday 7.9. at 15-17: INTRODUCTION + THESIS GUIDELINES
    •Monday 28.9. at 15.15-17: ARTISTIC RESEARCH + FINDING A TOPIC 
    •Monday 19.10. at 15.15-17:
    •Monday 9.11. at
    •Monday 30.11.
    at 15.15-17:

    The autumn classes are aimed at first year MA students or students who have not taken part in the course yet. The spring classes are aimed for both 1st and 2nd year students and students who have not completed the course yet.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Student's development and motivation during the course. 80% attendance to seminars required.

    Independent and group work outcomes. Active participation in discussions and feedback sessions. 

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, discussions, presentations and groupwork 75h, independent work 33h. 

    The seminar consists of two parts: the first is aimed at 1st year students and second at 2nd year students.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Ma seminar (English):

    Academic writing, research and management of materials:

    Biggs, M. A. R. and Karlsson, H. eds.,2011. The Routledge companion to research in the arts. London: Routledge.

    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.

    Nelson, R. (ed.)2013. Practice as Research in the Arts: Principles, Protocols, Pedagogies, Resistances. UK: Palgrave Macmillan.


    Theatre/Film Scenography and Costume:

    Bleeker, M., 2011. Visuality in the Theatre: The Locus of Looking (Performance Interventions). Reprint edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

    Collins, J. and Nisbet, A. eds., 2010. Theatre and Performance Design: A Reader in Scenography. London & New York: Routledge


  • Applies in this implementation:

    Course materials will distributed during contact meetings and also via the materials page on my courses.