Bachelor's Degrees

Media and Arts

Degree: Bachelor of Culture and Arts, 240 cr
Field of Education: Culture
Tuition Fee:No tuition fee
Place of Study: Tampere, Finlaysoninkatu
Start Date:August 2015
Applications: Joint application for English degree programmes
7 Jan to 27 Jan 2015


Student experiences
Best learning outcomes achieved through practice
Aino Yrjänä, Finland


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Degree programme in the growing phase
Sabrina Seidl, Austria


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Media professionals have a lot to choose from
Eeva-Kaisa Ahlamo, Finland


Student experiences
New directions with Media
Douglas Symon, England

Study objectives

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 divided into sub study paths. These 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 and moving image as well as 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.

More about the language of instruction

The language of the degree programme is English.


The other main objectives are that the graduate

- is capable of creative and applicable innovations and solutions
- masters the articulation, working methods and technology of her/his speciality
- is able to act professionally in the typical communication and interaction situations of the field
- can design, create and head media and art related productions and act as member of a team
- has the competence to enter both national and international fields of employment as a professional and as an entrepreneur.

Choosing a main subject or field of specialization

The main study paths are Interactive Media, Music Production, and Fine Art. These are divided into sub study paths (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 selection. Choosing studies across other main or sub study paths is also possible. The curriculum also contains large shared parts and projects between study paths as well as other related degree programmes in Art, Music and Media.

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)

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)


Study contents

First year provides a broad perspective on basic skills needed on each study path. In the spring term you select the first module of your specialization. After the first year you know how to use the essential tools and techniques.

Second year provides hands-on experience by working with customers. You also study international networked media culture and English language. In the spring you choose your second module and learn to use professional production techniques of your selected specialization (choosing modules across paths is possible).

During the third year you deepen and broaden the professional insight in your specialization in international exchange, or you choose the third study module (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.

Fourth year consists of studying media analysis and research. You may choose free-choice studies or one more module on top of studying basic research methods. The spring term consists of the practical training and bachelor’s thesis.

Make your own path

Please notice that the above mentioned is just an example of a study plan. You have the opportunity to plan your individual study programme with tutor teachers and 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
  • animation
  • cultural export
  • research, development & innovation
  • working with customers
  • entrepreneurship. 

Choosing studies across other main or sub study paths is possible. The curriculum also contains large shared parts and projects between study paths as well as other related degree programmes in Art, Music and Media.

Structure of studies

The degree programme in total is 240 credits 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 contain 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 have a supervising teacher for the practical training, and the school and the workplace will jointly agree on your working and learning objectives.

Final project

The thesis 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 which includes a critical written part describing and reflecting the work and its theoretical background
  • a written research report.


Career opportunities

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.

Potential job titles are e.g. 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.

Internationalization

The degree programme has an international focus. The studies contain extensive modules and courses which are implemented in international collaboration with partner universities and companies.

It is also recommended that students take part in exchange studies and complete their practical training abroad.

Cooperation with other parties 

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 and work with customers and/or 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 Master of Culture and Arts. 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 the Master's degree awarded by a university.

More information

For information regarding the application process: admissions(at)tamk.fi

For information regarding programme contents:
Mr Timo Kivikangas, Head of Degree Programme

Study Secretary: Ms Päivi Sohlman
Study Counsellor: Ms Kirsi-Marja Uimonen

Contact: Search from TAMK staff members

E-mail addresses: firstname.lastname@tamk.fi

 


Updated 09/03/2014