Tuesday, 31 January 2012

TAMK doing social responsibility in Namibia

Students from TAMK Consulting Academy raised money to make collaboration with students from Polytechnic of Namibia’s entrepreneurship program ProLearning. The aim was to do a social responsibility project to help and contribute to the Namibian society. We felt that the children are the future of Namibia and that’s why we wanted to support the orphen children by donating school shoes, backpacks and other school necessities plus we gave washing powder, soap, food and toys. We chose to donate goods to a small orphanage in Katutura, a township in the capital of Namibia, called Havana children home since it only gets support from the church and some other private donors.

The children home is a house run by a woman called Lina Johannes, who has taken orphen children and raised them all by herself. Currently the Havana children home has twenty children, youngest being the age of 3 months and oldest is twenty years. Reason why we chose this particular children home was because the bigger orphanages get attention and help more often than these smaller ones so we wanted to support this lady and the good work she is doing.

We gave a lot of smiles to the childrens faces that day and I can say that it was one of the most wonderful experiences during my stay. The children were happy to have people to play with them and giving attention and I was overjoyed that we were given this opportunity to contribute to a good cause. We also got the attention of two newspapers and one tv-station and they were interested in students doing social responsibility and we hope that  the stories made encourages communities and corporate sector also to take part and help small orphanages like Havana children home more in the future. 
A big thanks goes to the students of TAMK Consulting Academy who raised the money, without them this project wouldn’t have happened. Hopefully the publicity that came out of the project brought some more help to Ms.Lina Johannes and she would be able to support her children in their education and life in the future as well. This social responsibility project made many people happy and therefore I think it was a success.

Text and photos: Suvi-Tuuli Heiskanen, graduated from TAMK in December 2011

Friday, 20 January 2012

Moi! Kiitos! (= Hello! Thanks!)

The new exchange students have started their exchange at TAMK. 

The first 60 exchangees took part in the Exchange Student Orientation on 4 – 5 January 2012. Altogether, there will be 130 new students arriving during the spring.

And the new exchange students brought the winter with them!

At Christmas, we barely had any snow in Tampere. And now we have some 50 cm and blizzards almost every day!

So the weather is quite different from what the students are used to… 

Or then not:

-The climate is just like at home, say Valeriya Pozdeeva and Tatiana Geraymovich, who come from Syktyvkar Forest Institute, Komi Republic of Russia, 1000 km northeast of Moscow. 

- The education system is very different: education concentrates very much on practice here. In Russia, it is theory, theory, theory. And we have no foreign students in our university.

- We like TAMK because it is so modern. All we need is here: computers, printers, cafe. People speak very good English. And now we know people from all around the world: Spain, Germany, Mexico, China…

Text and photos: Mirja Onduso, TAMK International Services

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Where do our Media students land?

Jan 9 - Feb 14 application time, international BA programmes of Finnish UAS

TAMK Degree Programme in Media
 aka Interactive Media Programme IMP:

Degree Programme in Media! But how to answer briefly what do they really learn? Journalism? Advertising? Broadcasting? Multimedia? Print Media? Mass Media?

Interaction Designer
- vision by Ville Salminen
No curt answer here. When setting up this programme we proposed the name would be Interactive Media Programme, but it did not suit the ministry. Interactive media, digital media, hypermedia and multimedia come closer but do not offer a comprehensive answer.

We explain: "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." Not exhaustive.

We try: "The main focus areas of the programme are visual design and interaction design. The students work with web services, games, animations etc." This comes closer.
Visual Designer
- vision by Ville Salminen

But how about telling what the geraduated students do? This would illustrate the outcome of the studies. There is however a slight problem here: Our programme is in its third year, and nobody has graduated yet. But no worries, let's look at the titles of the predecessor of IMP, the Media Programme in Finnish.

LinkedIn is a very handy resource for handling contact information. I print the titles of my contacts who are School of Art and Media interactive media graduates to a list, sort it, and here is the result: 

The highest frequency of occurrence of titles is (in alphabetical order): 2D Artist, 3D Artist, Account Manager, Animator, Art Director, Consept Designer, Creative Director, Freelance, Game Designer, Graphic Designer, Interaction Designer, Journalist, Photographer, Producer, Product Manager, Project Manager, UX-Designer, Visual Designer, Web Designer.
Project Designer
- vision by Ville Salminen

Owner, CO, Director, Managing Director, Specialist are also very popular titles and quite many have "Senior" before their title.

Cai Melakoski
Head of Degree Programme in Media