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Professor (Artistic Practices) of Screenwriting for Film and Television
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Date Posted Jun. 29, 2018
Title Professor (Artistic Practices) of Screenwriting for Film and Television
University Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Department Department of Film, Television and Scenography / ELO Film School Finland
Application Deadline Aug. 30, 2018
Position Start Date Early 2019 or as agreed
  • Helsinki
  • Professor
  • Film/Video
    Drama/Theater/Theater Education
    Fine Arts - General

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture is one of the most prestigious international universities of art, design and architecture in the world. The school is a strong source of social influence. Key areas of research are design, digital media, audiovisual representation, art, visual culture, well-being architecture and emerging technologies, and urban planning and design. The school’s history dates back to 1871. ELO Film School Finland, founded in 1959, is one of the eldest film schools in Europe and in the world.

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture is now looking for a


The successful candidate will be appointed for a fixed 5-year term with the title of Professor (Artistic Practices). The position is planned to begin in early 2019 or as agreed.

The position is located at the Department of Film, Television and Scenography / ELO Film School Finland. The film school was founded in 1959, and it is one of the eldest film schools in Europe and in the world.

The ELO consists of two degree programmes. The Degree Programme in Film and Television offers education in seven areas of specialization: directing, screenwriting, film and television producing, film editing, cinematography, sound design, and documentary filmmaking. The Degree Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television offers three areas of specialization: production design, production design for performing arts and costume design. In addition, the Department offers education in history of film and courses in research skills. The Department endorses practice-based research with questions emerging from experiences in artistic and production work. The research activities aim at producing new theoretical and practical knowledge, insights and approaches to filmmaking and scenography. The Department collaborates closely with the University of the Arts Helsinki and with other national and international higher education institutions specialized in arts. For more information, see

Job description

The Professor of Screenwriting for Film and Television will focus on teaching and developing methods of screenwriting. The purpose is to educate students to become professionals in the field of film and TV, especially professional screenwriters and script editors. The Professor will participate in developing the major and the department in collaboration with faculty of the department. S/he will also be working tightly with the field and building collaborations within Aalto and outside of Aalto. The professor is expected to maintain and create national, Nordic and international collaboration networks in the field.

The selected person is also encouraged to maintain an active professional career as Screenwriter while working as the Professor (Artistic Practices). The Professor is encouraged to take periodic, uncompensated leaves of absence to pursue her/his artistic work.


The applicant is expected to have strong artistic qualification and professional experience in the field and an excellent knowledge both in dramaturgy and aesthetics of film. In addition, the applicant needs to have deep understanding of the theory, practice and technical demands of the field and a strong and well-articulated vision regarding the field and how it should be developed.

The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of the following areas: artistic and professional merits, teaching, co-operative skills, activity and leadership in artistic/ professional/ academic community and research. Artistic and professional merits will be emphasized in the selection process. Research and publication activity is considered to be an asset, but it is not required.

The position requires excellent command of both written and spoken Finnish. For other language requirements, please see:

What we offer

In the Professor position you will have the opportunity to support the learning and development of young artists and professionals in an environment of talented and inspiring students and colleagues. The position also provides an opportunity for facilitating the development of the field. You will have the option of planning and developing your own work and flexibility for artistic leaves. Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities, but applicants may also provide salary requirements. The contract includes the occupational health benefits.

Screenwriters are trained in the same place where other professionals of the audiovisual field, at ELO Film School Finland. Aalto University provides high-end facilities for filmmaking. For more information, please see

Professor (Artistic Practices) position in Aalto University

The titles Professor (Artistic Practices), Professor (Design Practices) and Professor (Architectural Practices) provide departments with the possibility to hire highly qualified professionals to open new areas of teaching and research and/or artistic work, and re-evaluate and dynamically develop a field. A Professor (Artistic/ Design/ Architectural Practices) is considered a professor-level position with university-level requirements and external evaluation. The positions are intended for the fields of art, design and architecture.

In general, Professors (Artistic/Design/Architectural Practices) are expected to exercise and guide research and/or artistic activity, to provide education based on it, to follow the advances of their field, to participate in service to the Aalto University community, and to take part in societal interaction and international collaboration in their field.

How to apply

The application process includes two phases. In the first phase the applicants are required to submit the following material:

  • Application letter addressed to the Dean of the School
  • Curriculum Vitae (including contact information and a possible list of publications
  • Filmography (including list of festivals, distribution, awards etc.)
  • Summary of teaching experience (max 2 pages)
  • A description of your views regarding teaching (max 2 pages)
  • A description of your views regarding the present situation and the future development of the field (max 2 pages)

The application deadline is 30 August 2018. For more information and application instructions please see:

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