Bachelor in Information Management and Multimedia - International Digital Product Architect specialisation

General

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Program Description

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Do you want to impact society by creating digital products that truly make life and work easier, richer and more efficient? The International Digital Product Architect programme will prepare you to radically change the world of Information Technology.

International users look for specific qualities in a digital product. It must be user-friendly, interactive, operational under all circumstances and have an attractive design. This programme gives students a future-proof view of the possibilities of technology: identifying opportunities and easily exchanging ideas with seasoned professionals in the field. On top of that, this programme will prepare you to launch a real digital product in a global market.

The programme consists of three pillars: designer skills, maker skills, and entrepreneurial skills. From day one, students work intensively on developing their own professional profile. The e-portfolio work is particularly demanding, challenging students to incorporate all of their skills and knowledge.

Designed to create a better future

As an architect of digital products, you have an impact on many aspects of society. You can create added value by making life and work easier, richer or more efficient. After your studies, you will end up in all areas of society and industry.

  • You are the architect who understands which digital products the international users want: user-friendly, interactive, in all circumstances operational, in an attractive design.
  • You know the possibilities of technology, see opportunities and can exchange ideas with hardcore technical people.
  • You are able to find ways to commercialise and put the digital product into a global market or context.
  • You realise that you do not make art, but products that are commercially interesting and socially relevant.

All assets to excel

Your training programme consists of three pillars: designer skills, maker skills, and entrepreneurial skills. You will also develop your own profile within the study programme - personal profiling - and thus put more emphasis on design or technology, for example. We guide you intensively through this search, as of day one. During three years you will have opportunities to discover your talents, in a creative and inspiring environment. Particularly interesting are the challenges and the e-portfolio work, where you’ll apply all your skills and knowledge in an integrated way.

Your training programme consists of three pillars: designer skills, maker skills, and entrepreneurial skills. Think of courses such as design thinking, interaction technology, internet of Things, Smart Technology, programmeming, multimedia, User EXperience, collaborative learning, web-tech, front-end, back-end, business, interaction, visual communication, storytelling, animation principles, smart networks, pitching strategies, portfolio design, frameworks, video 360, 3D, AI.

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Building blocks

The programme

IDPA is a full 3-year international professional bachelor programme. Real digital products are the central focus and starting point in each semester. During the programme, you will make 6 digital products, 1 each semester. These products are the realisation of a real-life or virtual case. The following cases are imposed:

  • Building Interfaces
  • Building Smart Solutions
  • Building ready-to-market applications
  • Building profitable business models
  • Building innovative products
  • Sell your products

The product

A Product is the result of a case within one semester of work. We will describe the requirements, but you create and design your personalised result. To get you started, we will provide 3 projects, that will contain all key competencies you will need to successfully design and build your solution.

The project

Each project is structured in the same way. We start with a bootcamp which are workshops, given by highly qualified experts. They will formulate the challenge (assignment), that you must create, design and present. The experts and your coaches will be there to guide you and provide feedback. At the end of this teaching spiral, you will be evaluated, you stop, or you play on!

The semester

Taking all elements, a semester has a fixed layout:

  • An introduction week in which the case is introduced. From then on you can start designing/developing your case product.
  • Three project cycles in order to acquire the knowledge and skills needed for the design and/or development of our case product. containing bootcamps, challenges, feedback, and Play/Stop Sessions.
  • Should you get stopped after a project, don’t worry, you can retake it in week 14.
  • Finalizing the product, presenting and defending in order to get your grades.

1. building an interface

In the first semester, we will introduce you to the concept of interfaces. The Product that you will make is a real working interface. The three projects that we will use to get you up to speed are:

  • Building a static webpage with a logo and a brand book.
  • This project main goal is to introduce the basic concepts of the technology to build web pages and to give you basic skills in design principles.
  • Building a prototype.
  • In order to build interfaces for a specific user, one must build prototypes. Knowing the basic aspects of users and how to organise a concept of an interface in a prototype is the major focus of this project.
  • Translating prototype to live website.
  • A prototype is not a finished product. In order to translate a prototype to a working digital product, one must be able of putting logic into the design and make it work. Programmeming is the only word in this phase. After programmeming and making it work one must test if everything is working according to wishes of the users.

During the different projects, you will get enough information in order to apply this knowledge and skills to build your own interface.

2. building smart solutions

In the second semester, we will enlarge the scope of digital products from interfaces to full-scale solutions. The focus here is to get familiar with the typical design cycles applicable in the field of digital products.

The different steps that we take to get there are:

  • Exploring the context of digital applications
    In order to build a fully digital solution, one must understand the context in which the solution is taking place. The user needs, business landscape. During this phase, we will also introduce how to cooperate because in many cases one must collaborate with others to come to a result.
  • Building 4 data gathering
    Data handling, in general, is a key component of digital solutions. We will introduce these concepts by using smart technology (Arduino + sensors) to gather real live data. In this way, we will create a smart solution.
  • Presenting ME 0.1
    The design cycle ends with the pitching of the solution. All aspects of presenting and pitching will be introduced here, including the design itself of presentations and sharing information.

Why choose International Digital Product Architect

Future-proof skilled

Digital Product Architecture is a new field without National borders. We prepare you for your future in the booming technology sector with expert teaching, cutting-edge facilities and equipment, and globally-recognised qualifications.

The world at your feet

You will work in an international practice enterprise run by fellow students or be in the company lead of your own international digital product startup, all guided by international experts. The digital world will welcome you with open arms!

100% in English

You’ll be taught and coached by Belgian and foreign professionals. You’ll be part of an international class. So you’ll experience the true meaning of ‘interculturality’ every day. No coursebook or syllabus can top that.

After Graduation

Get to work

Your future

  • Digital Product Designer
  • Digital Product Architect
  • Interaction Designer
  • Front-end Developer
  • Back-end Developer
  • UX Designer
  • Application Developer

Admissions

EEA candidates

Application procedure
  1. Apply online: submit an online application.
  2. File assessment (+- 2 weeks) & Submit supporting documents (if you haven’t already provided all the necessary documents).
  3. If approved, you will receive a letter of admission.
  4. Register online.
  5. Start your student life!
Admission requirements
  • Diploma requirements:
    if you’re qualified to start an equivalent programme in higher education in the country where you completed your secondary education, then you’re qualified for admission to Thomas More. Additional requirements may be set for candidates with a diploma obtained in a non-EEA member state.
  • Language requirements:
    you need to be reasonably proficient at speaking and writing English (level B2, European Framework).
  • Additional requirements for abridged programmes and postgraduates:
    Those applying to our abridged programmes and postgraduates will have some extra requirements to meet in addition to the standard diploma and language requirements. Please check the programme’s webpage to find detailed information about the requirements as well as the contact details of the programme manager. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have further questions or need assistance.

Non-EEA candidates

Application procedure
  1. Apply online: submit an online application.
  2. File assessment (+- 2 weeks) & submit supporting documents (if you haven’t already provided all the necessary documents).
  3. If approved, pay the tuition fee for 1 semester.
  4. Receive digital registration certificate
  5. Apply for a student visa.
  6. Register online.
  7. Start your student life!
Admission requirements
  • Diploma requirements:
    if you’re qualified to start an equivalent programme in higher education in the country where you completed your secondary education, then you’re qualified for admission to Thomas More. Additional requirements may be set for candidates with a diploma obtained in a non-EEA member state.
  • Language requirements:
    you need to be reasonably proficient at speaking and writing English (level B2, European Framework).
  • Additional requirements for abridged programmes and postgraduates:
    Those applying to our abridged programmes and postgraduates will have some extra requirements to meet in addition to the standard diploma and language requirements. Please check the programme’s webpage to find detailed information about the requirements as well as the contact details of the programme manager. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have further questions or need assistance.

Immigration and visas in Belgium

  • Students coming from the European Economic Area, Monaco or Switzerland can enroll in an undergraduate degree programme in Belgium without a student visa.
  • All other students need to apply for a visa before coming to Belgium. You can apply at the Belgian Consulate or Embassy in your country or in the country where you legally reside.

Last updated Nov 2020

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