Degree and Master's Degree Programme in Lighting Design

In the three-year degree programme in lighting design, you will become familiar with the traditions, concepts, and current practices in your field. You will master the means and methods of expression and become familiar with the artistic planning process of lighting design. You will also learn to work as an active and competent member of a multi-professional design team. The two-year master’s degree programme in lighting design will enhance your skills in creative content production and your commitment to practice.

 

Studies

Bachelor of Arts (Theatre and Drama)

Bachelor of Arts (Theatre and Drama)

Three-year programme, 180 ECTS credits

After graduating from the lighting design programme, you will be able to work in theatre, performing arts and other culture-related environments, including dance, opera, music, circus, and media art. In the programme, you will broaden your horizons and acquire more skills for analysis and argumentation. You will gain an understanding of lighting-aesthetic and scenographic thinking and become an expert in the technical implementation of lighting. All this will happen in interaction with your environment. Your training will also equip you to work for museums and exhibitions as well as in various events. The overall objective of the programme is to educate versatile lighting design professionals with a bachelor’s degree. As a graduate from the lighting design programme, you will be familiar with the traditions, concepts and current practices of your field. You will master the means and methods of expression and be familiar with the artistic planning process of lighting design. You will also learn to work as an active and competent member of a multi-professional design team. The training will enhance your creative skills and your commitment to practical work. It will improve your communication, documentation and data acquisition skills as well as your evaluative and feedback skills. In the programme, you will learn to develop your work, acquire organisational and leading skills and become aware of the ethical codes of various work environments. As a graduate from the lighting design programme, you will be able to adopt new technologies and methods whilst maintaining a critical stance. A professional lighting designer can work for a theatre as a permanent employee, for different businesses or free groups and as a freelancer and an independent artist. During your studies, you will collaborate with students of sound design, choreography, dance, directing, dramaturgy, scenography, costume design, and pedagogy as well as with theatres, universities, and other stakeholders, especially in the field of theatre.

 

During the first year of study, you will become familiar with the basics of lighting and sound design and the characteristics of light and sound as well as their applications in the different sectors of performing arts.  From the second year onwards, you will focus on lighting design. The key components of study are the preparing process of the artwork and interactive skills required for working in a team of artists. You will improve your teamwork skills and learn to use different lighting design tools so that you can convey your ideas and visions to the other members of the team. In the third year, you will participate in a full-scale theatrical production in collaboration with other degree programmes. You will also complete a portfolio, which will serve as your thesis.

 

In addition to the students' personal growth as artists, the studies offered by the Department of Theatre and Drama emphasise the communal nature of theatre. A majority of study happens in groups and on the Shared Stage through demo performances and productions with students from other degree programmes. The objective is to help future theatre artists build their professional networks and to look for and create common topics, forms, methods, and vocabulary. You are required to possess respectful interactive skills necessary in group work. In the programme, you will explore your personality and identity as a member of a working group.

 

Performances and networking
At the Theatre Academy, performances are the meeting place and core of all programmes:  the goals, means of expression and skills of the group meet each other; students meet their colleagues; and lighting and sound designers meet the dramatist, director, choreographer, costume designer, scenographer, and the audience.

 

An international field
As non-verbal means of expression, lighting and sound are natural environments for international expression, teaching and research.

 

The Language of Teaching and Degree is Finnish. Most of the teaching is in Finnish. However, student has the right to use written or spoken Swedish in teaching and study attainments, unless it is otherwise stated in the curriculum or the character of the teaching makes it impossible.

Master of Arts (Theatre and Drama)

Master of Arts (Theatre and Drama)

Two-year programme, 120 ECTS credits

After graduating from the lighting design master’s programme, you will be able to work in theatre, performing arts and other culture-related environments, including dance, opera, music, circus, and media art. In the programme, you will broaden your horizons in general and learn analysis and argumentation. You will gain an understanding of lighting-aesthetic and scenographic thinking and become an expert in the technical implementation of lighting. All this will happen in interaction with your environment. Your training will also equip you to work for museums and exhibitions as well as in various events.

 

The overall objective of the programme is to educate versatile lighting design professionals with bachelor’s and master’s degrees. As a graduate from the lighting design programme, you will be familiar with the traditions, concepts and current practices of your field. You will master the means and methods of expression and be familiar with the artistic planning process of lighting design. You will also be able to work as an active and competent member of a multi-professional design team. The training will enhance your creative skills and your commitment to practice.

 

You will improve your communication, documentation and data acquisition skills as well as your evaluative and feedback skills. In the programme, you will learn to develop your work, you will acquire organisational and leading skills and you will become aware of the ethical codes of various work environments. As a graduate from the lighting design programme, you will be able to adopt new technologies and methods whilst maintaining a critical stance. As a professional lighting designer you can work for a theatre as a permanent employee, for different businesses or free groups and as a freelancer and an independent artist. During your studies, you will collaborate with students of sound design, choreography, dance, directing, dramaturgy, scenography, costume design, and pedagogy as well as with theatres, universities, and other stakeholders, especially in the field of theatre. After graduating from the lighting design master’s programme, you will be an independent artist and possess the skills required for working as a creative and innovative member of an artistic group. You will also be able to develop lighting design both as an applied and an independent form of art and as part of various other forms of art. You will be familiar with the tradition of the field and master the related technology and design process. You will also know how to utilise the theatre apparatus to reach your artistic goals. As a graduate from the lighting design programme, you will be able to adopt new technologies and methods whilst maintaining a critical stance. As a professional lighting designer you can work for a theatre as a permanent employee, for free groups and as a freelancer and an independent artist.

 

The specialisation studies in the master’s degree programme (120 ECTS credits) provide you with an opportunity for individual choices, experiments, and specialisation.<0} The master’s degree includes 68 ECTS credits worth of compulsory studies; the thesis is included in these credits. The studies include optional courses and other studies that you will complete independently, including assistantship, work placements and individual artistic assignments.

 

In addition to the students' personal growth as artists, the studies offered by the Department of Theatre and Drama emphasise the communal nature of theatre. A majority of study happens in groups and on the Shared Stage through demo performances and productions with students from other degree programmes. The objective is to help future theatre artists build their professional networks and to look for and create common topics, forms, methods, and vocabulary. You are required to possess the respectful interactive skills necessary in group work. In the programme, you will explore your personality and identity as a member of a working group.

 

The Language of Teaching and Degree is Finnish. Most of the teaching is in Finnish. However, student has the right to use written or spoken Swedish in teaching and study attainments, unless it is otherwise stated in the curriculum or the character of the teaching makes it impossible.

Digital and Visual Design - Advanced Intermediality in Performance, 25 cr study module

Digital and Visual Design - Advanced Intermediality in Performance, 25 cr study module

Digital and Visual Design - Advanced Intermediality in Performance (DiViDe) piloted in 2016. Studies were organized by University of the Arts Helsinki and Aalto University. The joint study module of two universities wil to be organized again spring term 2018 (January-May). Read more on DiViDe webpage.

Students

Students

2016

Matias Eskelinen
Jussi Rusanen
Jaakko Sirainen
Topias Toppinen
Ellen Virman

 

2015

Jenni Horton
Alina Pajula
Veli-Ville Sivén

 

2014

Julia Jäntti
Sofia Palillo
Sami Roikola
Vilma Vantola

 

Other BA students

Mia Jalerva
Kauri Klemelä
 

MA students

Eero Erkamo

Riikka Karjalainen

Teo Lanerva

Mateus Manninen

Ilmari Paananen

Kalle Paasonen

Kristian Palmu

Olivia Pohjola

Elina Romppainen

Alexander Salvesen

Essi Santala

Luca Sirviö

Jere Suontausta

Otso Vartiainen

Graduates

Graduates

Master of Arts (Theatre and Drama)

 

Year 2017

Ada Halonen
Immanuel Pax
 

Year 2016   

Anssi Mäkinen
Miika Riikonen
Petri Tuhkanen

 

Year 2015      

Milla Martikainen
Ville Mäkelä
Jani-Matti Salo
Anniina Veijalainen  
           

Year 2014     

Juho Itkonen
Olli-Pekka Koivunen
Samuli Laine
Anton Verho                           

 

Year 2013      

Timo A. Aalto
Meri Ekola
Mika Haaranen
Antti Helminen
Ina Niemelä
Milka Timosaari
Nanni Vapaavuori                 

 

Year 2012

Jan Fedinger
Mikko Pirinen
Johanna-Mai Vihalem         

 

Year 2011

Saija Nojonen
Juha Rouhikoski
Jyrki Sinisalo                            

 

Year 2010      

Jenni Kääriäinen
Riitta-Leea Laine                    

 

Year 2009      

Hanna Käyhkö
Anna Rouhu

 

Year 2008      

Minna Heikkilä
Jukka Huitila
Timo Hynninen
Matti Jykylä
Raisa Kilpeläinen
Jarkko Lievonen
Irina Nyyssönen
Ilkka Paloniemi
Anna Pöllänen
Juho Rahijärvi
Sami Rautaneva
Antti Rehtijärvi
Nadja Räikkä
Mirkka Saari
Hanna Sartoneva
Omar Truco 

 

Year 2007

William Iles
Teemu Määttänen

 

Year 2006      

Kaisa Salmi
Riikka Vuorenmaa

 

Year 2005      

Jari Granlund
Tiina Hauta-aho
Mia Erlin
Mia Kivinen
Katja Muttilainen                  

 

Year 2004      

Sara Leino
Päivi Ronkainen
Kalle Ropponen

 

Year 2003      

Taina Hokkanen
Mikko Hynninen
Ville Konttinen
Heikki Paasonen                    

 

Years 1990-2002                        

Timo Alhanen
Tarja Ervasti
Sanna Forsman
Erkki Honkakoski
Tomi Humalisto
Heini Jalovaara
Tina Jokitalo
Miikka Kari
Kimmo Karjunen
Liisa Kyrönseppä
Pekka Laine
Lauri (ex Mäkelä) Lauri Wild
Heli Nikunen
Pasi Pehkonen
Pietu Pietiäinen
Pekka Pitkänen
Panu Pohjola
Esa Pukero
Helena Roivainen
Sirje Ruohtula
Maaret Salminen
Johanna (born Salomaa) Naalisvaara
Tülay Schakir
Roope Siiroinen
Tiina Sunell
Tomi Suovankoski
Minna Tiikkainen
Tuukka Toijanniemi
Markku Uimonen
Marika Vapaavuori
Juha Westman                       

 

Graduated doctoral students

Tomi Humalisto (2012) Toisin tehtyä, toisin nähtyä - esittävien taiteiden valosuunnittelusta muutosten äärellä

Teachers

Professor
Senior Lecturer
Lecturer

How to apply

Degree Programme in lighting design admits new students every spring. Auditions are organized in May.

 

The next application period of the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki is in January 2018.

 

Please note that this programme does not offer teaching in English.

 

Digital Visual Design - Advanced Intermediality in Performance, 25cr program for exchange students, click here.

Facilities

Facilities

The locations are equipped with state of the art lighting and video technology, which are updated continuously.

 

Lighting studio

Lighting studio is a laboratory space rather than a performance space. It is not only a black box, there are windows and light tones on walls too. The stage area can be turned to black with curtains. The space is not approved for public performances, but it can seat up to 40 people. The studio size is 225 m² and the foyer 53 m².

Lighting bridges in two levels give easy access for all lighting bars. The studio is small enough for quick, efficient working and big enough to try things out for real.

The floor is black film faced plywood. It is possible to use staple gun and screws on the floor. It is possible to use smoke, haze and mist in the space.

There is a little lobby for the lighting studio. There is a sound isolated window to the next door recording studio.

 

The Video Editing Workshops 1 and 2 (Rooms 512 and 513)

The Video Workshops are in the fifth floor. They are designed for video editing and small-group work. Video Workshop 1 is 23 m²; Video Workshop 2 is 19 m².

There is a little lobby for the lighting studio. There is a sound isolated window to the next door recording studio.

 

The Sound studios

In the sixth floor of the building are the recording studios. They consist of structurally identical control rooms and two studio rooms with different design and dimensions. The studios are acoustically isolated from the rest of the building by floating. The recording rooms can be freely used with either of the control rooms. Also the lighting studio 601 can be utilized as a recoding space for large scale music recording.

The control rooms are designed to ensure largest possible listening area for course work. The surround listening environment is calibrated and ITU-775-compliant. It is possible to produce, listen and edit sound material in many formats from stereophonic up to 6.1.-surround sound.

 

Room 607: Dialog studio

This studio is designed for dialog and sound effect recording. The recording room is 11 m² in size.

 

Room 609: Music studio

This studio is designed for music recording. The recording room is 49 m² in size. It is equipped with movable acoustic panels for controlling and varying the room acoustics.

 

The Sound Workshops 1 and 2 (Rooms 409, 410)

The Sound Workshops are in the fourth floor. They are designed for sound editing and small-group work. They are furnished with simpler systems than the recording studios, the main focus here is in learning sound creation, editing and production techniques. The systems are designed to ensure easy integration with laptop computers that the students are using for production work.

 

The CAD Class (Room 401)

The IT Class includes full compatibility with CAD usage.

 

The Project Class (Room 514)

The Project Class is a versatile testing space equipped for workshop use.  It is suitable for developing and testing various combinations of performance-, group work, and technologies. The versatile design enables many activities relating to lighting, sound, video, and electronics. 

 

Other Facilities

Students have a 24 access to the premises. The lounge areas can be used for student exhibition.

 

Room 411: The Paintshop

There is a workshop room for all those messy projects. The paintshop has a robust floor, water station, washing machine and downdraft table to extract the painting fumes.

 

Class Rooms 405 and 407

There are two regular class rooms. The small one is 57 m² and bigger is 95m². There are tables and chairs for 10 students in each room. In addition the bigger classroom has large trestle tables for drafting, model making and other long lasting projects.

 

Contact

Street address: Lintulahdenkatu 3, 00530 Helsinki
 

 

All University of the Arts Helsinki e-mail addresses are in the form firstname.lastname (at) uniarts.fi


Planning Officer
Tiia Kurkela
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Department Secretary
Raija Koskivaara
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Rehearsal Expert 
Seija Suontausta
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AV-technician
Kari Tossavainen (Ufo)
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