Media and Arts
|Degree:||Bachelor of Culture and Arts, 240 cr|
|Field of Education:||Culture|
|Tuition Fee:||No tuition fee|
|Place of Study:||Tampere, Mediapolis
|Start Date:||August 2015|
Joint application for English degree programmes
7 Jan to 27 Jan 2015
Best learning outcomes achieved through practice
Aino Yrjänä, Finland
Degree programme in the growing phase
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Media professionals have a lot to choose from
Eeva-Kaisa Ahlamo, Finland
New directions with Media
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The focus of the degree programme is to provide up-to-date competences in a continuously changing and growing international media and arts sector. The studies follow three main study paths:
- Interactive Media
- Music Production
- Fine Art.
The main study paths are subdivided into study modules, which lead to high professional competences in one or more of the following areas of application: web design and services, game design, motion graphics design, production and content design, music production and music business, song writing, sound design, event production, cultural export, fine art photography, moving image, drawing and painting, animation, and applied fine art.
The general aim of the studies is that students become professionals who are able to work as experts, developers and entrepreneurs in the field, both in Finland and abroad.
On a more specific level, the main objectives are that the graduate will
- become capable of creative innovations and solutions which can be applied in practice.
- master the media, working methods and technology of her/his speciality.
- be able to act professionally in the typical communication and interaction situations of the field.
- be able to design, create and head media and art -related productions, and act as member of a team.
- acquire the competence to enter both national and international fields of employment as a professional and as an entrepreneur.
Field of specialization
The main study paths are Interactive Media, Music Production, and Fine Art. These are subdivided into study modules (e.g. game and web design, music business and event production, fine art photography, moving image, applied fine art). You can build your own field of expertise by choosing or combining studies from the range of study options on offer. Choosing studies from more than one main or subsidiary study path is also possible. The curriculum also contains large sections and projects which are shared between study paths and with other related degree programmes in Art, Music and Media.
The first year provides a broad perspective on the basic skills needed on each study path. In the spring term you will select the first module of your specialization. After the first year you will know how to use the essential tools and techniques.
In the second year you will gain hands-on experience by working with customers. You will also study international networked media culture and English language. In the spring you will choose your second module and learn to use the professional production techniques which are central to your selected specialization (choosing modules across paths is possible).
During the third year you will deepen and broaden your professional insight into your specialization either by participating in an international study exchange, or by choosing a third study module at TAMK. (Choosing modules across paths is possible.) In the spring term the syllabus consists of international art and media studies, working with customers, and practical training.
The fourth year programme consists of studying media analysis and research. You may choose free-choice studies or one more module on top of studying basic research methods. In the spring term you will do practical training and produce a bachelor’s thesis.
Make your own path
Please notice that the description of the studies given above is just an example of a study plan. You will have the opportunity to plan your individual study programme with teacher tutors and a student counsellor.
You may specialize in a number of fields of expertise:
- visual design
- motion graphics design
- web design
- game design
- song writing
- music production
- sound design
- event production
- live event technology
- moving image
- fine art photography
- applied fine art
- drawing and painting
- cultural export
- research, development & innovation
- working with customers
Combining studies from more than one main or subsidiary study path is possible. The curriculum also contains large sections and projects which are shared between different study paths and with other related degree programmes in Art, Music and Media.
Structure of studies
The scope of the degree programme is 240 credits in total, consisting of
- basic and professional studies, 180 cr
- practical training, 30 cr
- free-choice studies, 15 cr
- bachelor’s thesis, 15 cr.
To ensure good possibilities for employment, the studies include about five months (30 credits) of practical training. It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with more than one work task and working place during the training period. You will get guidance for the practical training from a supervising teacher from TAMK, and the school and the workplace will jointly agree on your working and learning objectives.
The final project required for the bachelor’s degree consists of the thesis, an evaluation seminar and a maturity test. The thesis may take the following forms:
- a media project, development work or a work of art, including a critical written part describing and reflecting on the work and its theoretical background.
- a written research report.
Graduates of the degree programme have many challenging, national and international job opportunities in e.g. television, theatre, interactive media, digital media companies, content production, advertising agencies, game houses, record companies, publishing companies, booking agencies, event production companies, recording and mastering studios, art organizations, galleries, and production companies.
Possible job titles include: animator, art director, concept designer, game artist, graphic designer, project manager, producer, UI designer, web designer, web programmer, artist (Fine Art), art photographer, art director in communal projects, sound designer, song writer, performing artist, live sound and light engineer, event producer, and production manager.
As a TAMK student you have the opportunity to complete part of your degree abroad in one of TAMK's partner universities, of which we have over 300 in more than 50 countries. The practical training, too, can be done anywhere in the world; you are free to arrange your training placements to suit your own international career plans. Other means of guaranteeing a truly international and multicultural study experience is to immerse yourself in language studies, peer tutoring for other international students, friend-family activities, and international projects and themed weeks.
Working with customers is one of the key areas of the studies. During your studies you will learn to create content for customer-based productions. You will also work with customers and/or participate in research and development projects in media and arts -related tasks.
Postgraduate study opportunities
After your bachelor's degree and three years of work experience you can apply for the Master of Culture and Arts degree programme. The master's degree awarded by universities of applied sciences is 60-90 credits in scope, and requires 1-2 years of part-time study.
The master's degree awarded by a university of applied sciences offers the same qualifications for positions in the public administration sector as a master's degree awarded by a university.
Language of instruction
The language of the degree programme is English.
This tag cloud illustrates the hobbies and interests, areas of expertise and dream jobs of the Media Programme students who started in August 2012. (Picture generated by Wordle.net)
For information regarding the application process: admissions(at)tamk.fi
For information regarding programme contents:
Head of Degree Programme, Mr Timo Kivikangas
Study Counsellor, Ms Kirsi-Marja Uimonen
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How to Apply
7 Jan -
27 Jan 2015
Previously written theses
(in the previous Finnish language Media programme)