Bachelor's Degree Programme in Media and Arts

General

Program Description

Practical competences for creative minds

Media and Arts is a degree programme for future experts in the field of culture. The studies will guide you into creating fresh ideas and developing them into high-quality products in an artistically, technically and economically successful manner.

The Degree Programme in Media and Arts provides you with up-to-date competences in the growing, international and constantly changing sector of culture. You will learn how to use emerging media tools and different working methods in a customer-friendly way. Options for practical training and exchange studies abroad will offer you an exceptionally good opportunity for an international career.

During the first year, you will choose one of the study paths: Interactive Media, Music Production or Fine Art. Besides choosing your main study path, you can construct your personal curriculum from several subdivided study modules, such as games design, sound design or fine art photography.

As a graduate, you will have the skills needed in the international media and arts sector. The industry offers a variety of job opportunities as an expert, developer and entrepreneur in e.g. game companies, music and live event production, new media production, service design, and art galleries.


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, songwriting, 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 a member of a team.
  • acquire the competence to enter both the national and international fields of employment as a professional and as an entrepreneur.


Study contents

The first year provides a broad perspective on the basic skills needed for each study path. In autumn you will study a wide selection of introductory courses and one basic Finnish language course. In the spring term, you will select the first professional studies module of your specialisation from your study path. After the first year, you will know how to use the essential tools and techniques. Projects included in the spring study module will contain also work with customers.

In the second year, you will choose a second specialisation module for the autumn term and a third module for the spring. As of the second year, you can choose modules from the selection of all study paths. Projects included in the modules will include also working with customers.

During the third year, you will deepen and broaden your professional insight into your specialisation either by participating in an international study exchange or by choosing a fourth study module at TAMK. E.g. studying working life competencies in our student-driven co-operatives is one option. Choosing modules across paths and including studies from Tampere University cross-study selection is possible. In the spring term, the syllabus consists of some language studies, free choice studies and practical training.

The fourth-year programme for the autumn term consists of free choice studies and of studying media analysis and research. In the spring term, you will do practical training and produce a bachelor's thesis.


Carve your own study path

Please note 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 your teacher tutors and your study counsellor. There are many choices and the list of mandatory courses is not long.

You may specialise in a number of fields of expertise:

  • animation
  • applied fine art
  • cultural export
  • drawing and painting
  • emerging media production (VR/AR/MR/XR)
  • emerging media in sound design and music production
  • entrepreneurship
  • event production
  • fine art photography
  • game design and production (Game Academy)
  • live event technology
  • motion graphics design
  • moving image
  • music production and songwriting
  • research, development & innovation
  • sound design
  • visual design
  • web and app design
  • working with customers


Choosing a field of specialisation

The main study paths are Interactive Media, Music Production, and Fine Art.

These are subdivided into study modules (e.g. emerging media production, game academy, music business and event production, sound design, 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.

Combining studies from more than one study path is possible after the first year. 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. E.g. a one-year long Game Academy http://www.gamesacademy.fi/. Also, collaboration with Tampere University will open more options for course selection and projects.


Structure of studies

The scope of the degree programme is 240 credits in total, consisting of

  • basic and professional studies (180 credits)
  • practical training (30 credits)
  • free-choice studies (15 credits)
  • Bachelor’s thesis (15 credits)

To ensure good possibilities for employment, the studies include about five months (30 credits) of practical training. It is recommended that you familiarise 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.

To ensure good possibilities for employment, the studies include about five months (30 credits) of practical training. It is recommended that you familiarise 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.

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.


Internalisation

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.


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 organisations, galleries, and production companies.

Possible job titles include 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, songwriter, performing artist, live sound and light engineer, event producer, and production manager.


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.

Tuition fees and scholarships

The tuition fee for the programme is 9800 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students.

You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:

  • an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. a citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland (a continuous A or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid when you are applying for studies and at least until 1 August i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee.


Scholarships

  • 50% Early Bird -scholarship, if acceptance is done within 7 days
  • Academic Award -scholarships 25% - 50% based on credits gained and GPA

Graduating students can qualify for Academic Excellence -scholarships for a variety of reasons: exceptional thesis work, success in practical placements or project work. These scholarships are governed and awarded by the TAMK R&D Fund.

Students can also be sponsored by either family or organisations/companies. TAMK is currently negotiating company sponsorships for future students.

Last updated February 2019

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