Thursday, 22 December 2011

Now it't over...

The time here as an exchange student was really great!

We never regretted coming here because we made friends for life. You probably will never ever experience such a time, with getting to know people from all around the world, learning for your lives and simply have fun.

Best regards and hyvää joulua!

Text: Alina, Christin, Sandra and Cathrin, exchange students from Autumn term 2011
Photo: Mirja Onduso

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

From Prague to Tampere – Virrat – Helsinki

A busy week? Try one of our international guests’! Jitka Hejtmanová from FAMU International, Czech Republic, visited us last week to practice what we preach, exchange best practices with us, that is. International staff exchange at its’ best is giving as well as receiving perspective to your own work. We got some idea what it’s like work at FAMU, and Jitka picked on some of the well polished practices we have at TAMK to take back home with her.

As FAMU International is a partner for Art and Media programmes, Jitka spent a day at Virrat campus with International Coordinator Janne Tauriainen. She was also hosted by Sohvi Sirkesalo at Finlayson campus and TAMK International Services at Kuntokatu 3. In addition, for her final day in Finland, Jitka hopped on a train to spend it in Helsinki.

Fortunately there was a Christmas menu served at Campusravita restaurant and Jitka got a taste of traditional Finnish Christmas food such as swede casserole and gravlax. Must have been interesting, but “tasty” was her word. She also explained us the Czech tradition of St. Nicholas, angel and – yes – the devil, a trio that greets the children and treats them with small gifts on December 5th
Jitka having Christmas lunch
During the week, we had meetings where we discussed about international cooperation between FAMU and TAMK, how it’s working and how it would be best developed. During the visits to Finlayson and Virrat, Jitka got some hands-on information about the students that hopefully in the future will be applying for exchange at FAMU.

Jitka left home inspired, as she said. But also, we got a good conception about the international operations at FAMU. For now, the TAMK International Services  will slow down the hosting part of our work for Christmas to ponder on the ideas and suggestions we got from all our visitors during this fall. We’ll be welcoming next visitors again in – OMG – 2012!

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Text: Noora Järventaus, International Services
Photo: Jitka Hejtmanová

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Application period for our Programmes run in English start soon

The application campaign posters are out, this one in front of TAMK
Finlayson campus

Applying to programmes conducted in English at universities of applied sciences takes place through a joint application system. Applying takes place online at 9 January - 14 February 2012

TAMK bachelor's programmes in English:
The applicants of Degree Programme in Media must return also the required pre-task by 14 February to TAMK. 

All details about applying for TAMK programmes in English 

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

After all, it was totally worth it!

Not everything is as perfect as it seems. The reality is that everything in Finland is insanely expensive, from food to travel and leisure, the money just flies out of your pocket. The language is really hard to understand and if Google translator is not at your hand you are basically screwed. On top of that the cold and darkness don’t really help my pessimism. And don’t even get me started on the food – potatoes here, potatoes there, potatoes everywhere! Also it is not uncommon to see a number of “really happy” Finnish guys with bottles of alcohol in their hands on an early Saturday afternoon – a hell of a drinking culture! Being a Finn is being hardcore.

But not all is bad. Being the geek I am there was one thing that really cheered me up. It was the chance to see a StarCraft 2 tournament in Helsinki held at DiGiExpo event. My friends and I spent hours watching similar tournaments streaming on the Internet, and being able to see it live was extremely exciting.
It was an early morning in November (and early mornings I don’t like) when I set off on a train to Pasila. I met my brother there and we went to the site of DiGiExpo together. We were running a little late and the quarterfinals already started so we didn’t have time to look around, we just went straight to the tournament.
First Elfi (Finnish Protoss player) competed versus SeleCT (Korean Teran player). It was amazing to see how fast the hand movement of the Korean player was. Elfi of course didn’t stand a chance. Although the tribune was packed and we had to stand, we got lucky since after a couple of minutes a few seats in a front row emptied. In the second game of quarterfinals, idrA (Canadian Zerg player) competed versus whiteRa (Ukrainian Protoss player). It was intense and very exciting, two of my friends are huge fans, one of idrA, the other of whiteRa, and they could see me on the Internet on the stream, being extremely jealous. IdrA naturally won and it was time to get some signatures for my jelly-friends.
Time for food! More potatoes, but they couldn’t spoil the perfect day. Soon afterwards the real show started. The finals! The tribune was even more packed than before, but we got lucky again and got a spot on the floor, just in the middle. The game SeleCT versus IdrA was even more intense and unpredictable. IdrA won again, he earned the first prize of 6000 $! But SeleCT didn’t walk away empty-handed, the second prize was 3000$. Since the tournament was in Finland it is only fair that the third prize of 1000$ goes to Finnish player Elfi
So to sum it up, although Finland is not my ideal country, there are bright moments that help me cope with the cold and darkness of it all. Peace out!

Text and photos: Maša Pelc, Slovenian exchange student in Fine Arts

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Media Programme application pre-task online!

  • In 2009 they planned a global tenth anniversary celebration of mankind’s presence in Mars.
  • In 2010 they created a concept for a digital sports game.
  • In 2011 they designed a campaign to fight overweight and obesity.
  • In 2012 they will arrange a global 24 hour party before the disastrous astroid hits Earth.

They are applicants of IMP, our international interactive media programme.

Application period for the international degree programmes of Finnish UAS is January 9 to February 14 2012.
For the Degree Programme in Media it is not enough that applicants fill in the online form, they also have to complete and send by the deadline a pre-task with two assignments.

The 60 eligible applicants having most points will be invited to the entrance exam 17th or 18th April, and finally 20 of them will start their Bachelor of Culture and Arts studies at Finlayson Campus right in the centre of Tampere in August.

The focus of the four year programme is in interactive media content design and production. The students learn about current digital media issues and they specialise in visual design, interaction design or project management.
Download the pre-task
All details about the application process
Media Programme home
Media Programme on Facebook
#tamkmedia on Twitter
Read about studies and free time activities of IMPs

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Tampere got the first snow

It finally snowed in Tampere!

We got the first snow cover on Finnish Independence Day, 6 December. The winter is about one month late. 

Text and photos: Mirja Onduso, International Services