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.



The students learn the process of preparing a master's thesis. They develop a methodological, analytical, creative, and problem-solving approach to their own creative ideas and work. They are able to read and analyze academic texts for animation and respond to constructive criticism.


Credits: 6

Schedule: 13.09.2021 - 16.05.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Tuula Leinonen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


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    The students discuss topics related to animation, film and other art forms. They present and develop their thesis plans through reading, analyzing and discussing They outline a theoretical framework including literature in support of their MA Thesis.


Assessment Methods and Criteria
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    Lectures, reading and analyzing scholarly texts, discussion, exercises and homework.



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    Contact teaching 12 h/cp, Independent studies 15 h/cp

    Compulsory attendance contact teaching: 80%


Study Material
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    Study material will be provided during the course.

    Get to know about the graduation and about the master's thesis in ARTS in

    Students should consult the "Master s Thesis Guide of the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture" for further details.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
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    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I-Spring V

    2021-2022 Autumn I-Spring V

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: Sisu replaces Oodi on 9 August, 2021. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture:

    Registration occurs through WebOodi.