Media and Arts

The focus of the full-time degree programme is to provide up-to-date competences in a continuously changing and growing international media and arts sector.

Degree: Bachelor of Culture and Arts

Full-time studies

240 cr (4 years)

Study field: Culture

Tampere, Mediapolis

48 study places

Application period for English Bachelor's 8. – 27.1.2016

Begins: August 2016

Study programme: Bachelor of Culture and Arts, DP in Media and Arts

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 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.

Language of instruction

The language of the degree programme is English.

Study contents

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
  • animation
  • cultural export
  • research, development & innovation
  • working with customers 
  • entrepreneurship.

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.

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.

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.

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Final project

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.

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.

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.

Contact information

Head of Degree Programme, Mr Timo Kivikangas,, tel. +358 40 869 8840

Study Counsellor, Ms Kirsi-Marja Uimonen,, tel. +358 503 119 773

Application instructions will be published later

The application instructions of the next application period will be published in the autumn. You can find the application instructions of the previous application period in the archive.


TAMK's Admissions Office offers help to those applicants who are applying to TAMK via the national joint application system or the transfer application process.

NOTE: The Admissions Office is open Mon-Fri between 10.00-13.00 (Finnish time)

TAMK Admissions Office
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tel. +358 3 245 2395
fax +358 3 245 2396

Exceptions to the opening hours:

The Admissions Office is closed
Wed 16 Sep
Fri 25 Sep
Mon 5 Oct
Tue 6 Oct from 10 to 11
Tue 20 Oct from 11.30 ->
Wed 21 Oct from 11.30 ->
Tue - Wed 4 - 5 Nov
Wed 2 Dec

Before arriving in Finland

If you are admitted to TAMK, there are several formalities you must take care of before arriving to Finland: residence permit, finances, health insurance, etc. Note also that you are required to arrange your accommodation yourself.

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Before arriving in Finland

When studies begin

Your studies will begin with orientation days. There you will get useful information about studying at TAMK and starting your degree programme. Also, if you have earned study credits elsewhere, it should be transferred to your TAMK degree at the beginning of your studies.

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When studies begin


The curriculum describes the thread and competence development objectives of your studies. It includes the study modules and courses of the degree programme. The curriculum contents are developed based on working life and student feedback.