Student Story - Emilia Ewa Kwiatkowska-van Dijk
Emilia Ewa Kwiatkowska-van Dijk
Home country: Poland
What are you currently doing: EYA Ambassador for Poland and Finland and Blogger
How did you find out about TAMK and what made you choose it for your studies?
When I moved to Finland in 2011, I really wanted to do two things: find a job and study Fine Arts. One of my friends knew about that and sent me a link about TAMK's Media Programme application. At first, I was hesitating because my artwork was based on traditional art such as paintings. I created a portfolio (of my paintings), learned Adobe Illustrator to create pre-tasks within 2 weeks and I applied at the very last moment. I chose that programme because I wanted to deepen my knowledge about Fine Arts and find a way to combine it with modern technology. Luckily, the programme supported that idea.
What did you like most about Tampere and Finland?
Tampere is a very nice city with great opportunities waiting for you behind the corner, especially when you are a student. Before moving to Tampere, I spent a few months in Forssa and from there I planned my next big step. I felt that Helsinki was a bit too big for me and that Tampere had everything I needed at that time.
Tampere is full of nice cafés where you can go with your laptop/book and study, has great libraries available for everyone, green parks in the middle of the city, public saunas (you definitely should try them), good public transportation and much more to offer.
In what ways have your studies contributed to your professional and personal life?
Thanks to TAMK, I met many fantastic people and my professional network widened a lot. TAMK throws you in for the deep end; suddenly you have to work with professionals on real projects, in real time. I travelled a lot with TAMK to participate to workshops organised abroad in Latvia, Hungary, Spain and Austria. During these trips, you can meet people interested in similar fields and learn from each other, because you come from different countries and you have a different background. TAMK widened my perspective. I can see more possibilities to work as a freelancer and/or employee than I saw before.
How has TAMK supported your needs as a student?
The best part of studying TAMK's Media programme was the possibility to attend international workshops and to rent the equipment (at TAMK it is free of charge). This gave me a possibility to practice new skills learned during the master classes and discover new ways of self-expression. I could rent high quality cameras, lightning equipment, sound and video mixers, lenses, etc. At TAMK premises, there are several studios (photography, sound) available and ready to be booked by students. It was very inspiring to meet people who work in the Design, Art and Music business by being invited to TAMK to share their knowledge. TAMK's Media programme slogan should be: "Studying by doing and sharing knowledge!".
What would you say to anyone considering studying at TAMK?
If you like to learn by doing and you have self-motivation, this is definitely for you. At TAMK you have lots of possibilities to experiment and find out more about your profession. You just have to actively search for it.
This story was written in May 2016.
Note: Nowadays, Fine Art is a study path within the Media programme in Finnish.