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

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