Media and Arts
Practical competences for creative minds
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. The programme is on the Mediapolis Campus together with the Finnish Broadcasting Company.
During the first year, you will follow one of the study paths: Interactive Media, Music Production or Fine Art (see videos below). Besides following 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 expert, developer and entrepreneur in e.g. game companies, music and live event production, new media production, service design, and art galleries.
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Extent of studies
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: emerging media (VR/AR/MR/XR, etc.), web design and services, game design, user experience design, motion graphics design, production and content design, music production and music business, song writing, 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 member of a team
- acquire the competence to enter both national and international fields of employment as a professional and as an entrepreneur.
The language of the degree programme is English.
The first year provides a broad perspective on the basic skills needed on the chosen study path. In autumn you will study a wide selection of introduction 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 to 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 second year, you can choose modules from the selection of all study paths. Projects included to 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. For example, studying entrepreneurial and working life competences in our student driven co-operatives is one option. You can also experiment with the newest techniques and content creation methods in Emerging Median Production minor. In addition, 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 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:
- applied fine art
- cultural export
- drawing and painting
- emerging media production (VR/AR/MR/XR)
- emerging media in sound design and music production
- user experience design
- event production
- fine art photography
- game design and production (Game Academy)
- live event technology
- motion graphics design
- moving image
- music production and song writing
- research, development & innovation
- sound design
- visual design
- web and app design
- working with customers
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, user experience design, music production and business, live 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, such as one year long Game Academy, which are shared between different study paths and with other related degree programmes in Art, Music and Media. Collaboration with Tampere University will open more options for course selection and projects.
There are no tuition fees for those students who
- have started their studies before 1st August 2017
- are citizens of EU/EEA/Switzerland
- have an EU Blue Card
- have a continuous residence permit card in Finland, Type A permit
- have a permanent residence permit card in Finland, Type P permit
- have an EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence permit card in Finland (Type P-EU)
- have an EU Family Member's Residence Card in Finland
From 2017 onwards, the degree carries a tuition fee of EUR 9 800 / academic year for non-EU/EEA students.
Applicants must submit relevant documentation together with their application.
If you are unsure about whether you'd be subject to tuition fees, check the 'Am I required to pay tuition fees?' section on the Studyinfo.fi application site.
The scope of the degree programme is 240 ETCS 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 at TAMK, and the school and the workplace will jointly agree on your working and learning objectives.
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
Graduates of the degree programme have many challenging, national and international job opportunities for example in 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 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, song writer, performing artist, live sound and light engineer, event producer, and production manager.
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.
Working with customers is one of the key areas of the studies. During your studies you will learn to create content for customer-based productions. You will also work with customers and/or participate in research and development projects in media and arts -related tasks.
As a degree student of TAMK, you have the possibility, when enrolled as present, to select studies also from the curriculum of Tampere University to include in your degree within the framework of your study plan. With these cross-institutional studies and shared projects you can create a personalised study portfolio with extended knowledge and skills. As a student of TAMK, a national study portal provided by the Finnish universities of applied sciences is also open for you.
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 ETCS 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.
Below you can find the applications this degree programme is in. Carefully read through the admission criteria in the application that suits you best.
For additional questions on applying, application documents and application process, please contact our Admissions office. For questions regarding the content of the programme, please contact Mr. Timo Kivikangas, timo.kivikangas(at)tuni.fi.
The student selection has two phases: the first phase is a compulsory pre-task, based on which the best-performing applicants are invited to phase two, an online interview. Admission is made based on the combined points of pre-task and online interview. Click to see the admission criteria.
Eligibility for the degree programme is given by the general eligibility for bachelor’s degrees in universities of applied sciences in Finland.
For further information see the website University of Applied Sciences (UAS) Bachelor’s degree > Who can apply?
Language skill requirements
Sufficient English language skills are also required for degree programmes conducted in English. English language skills will be evaluated as part of the pre-task and the online interview.
The 2020 intake for Bachelor of Culture and Arts, Media and Arts in joint application is 50.
National Joint Application: Bachelor of Culture and Arts, Media and Arts
Applicants will be divided to the selection methods by the study path chosen at the application as follows:
- Fine Arts 15 study places
- Interactive Media 20 study places
- Music Production 15 study places
The student selection has two phases. The first phase is a pre-task and the second phase is an online interview. Applicants are admitted based on the combined points of the pre-task and online interview (maximum total points 200).
The pre-task instructions 2020 for each study path will be published here by 29 November 2019.
The compulsory pre-task has to be delivered as per the given instructions by 22 January 2020 at 15.00 Finnish time at the latest.
Please look for more information about the pre-task under the section Pre-task.
Based on the points of pre-task, 120 best-performing applicants will be invited to the online interview. Invitations to the interview are sent to the e-mail address given in the application by the end of February 2020. A preliminary assignment may be sent with the invitation.
The interview takes place on 3-5 March 2020.
Please look for more information about the online interview under the section Entrance examination.
Selection between applicants with equal points
If two or more applicants earn the same admission points, the application system will automatically draw the order.
Based on the points of the pre-task, applicants will be invited to the online interview as follows:
- Fine Arts: 30 best-performing applicants
- Interactive Media: 40 best-performing applicants
- Music Production: 30 best-performing applicants
Invitations to the interview are sent to the email address given in the application by the end of February 2020. A preliminary assignment may be sent with the invitation.
The interview takes place on 3-5 March 2020. Invited applicants choose the interview times from the offered timetable. The interview is an online interview, in which applicants can participate also from outside of Finland via internet. Applicants do not need to travel to Tampere for the online interview.
It is possible to score 100 points from the interview. A minimum of 50 points is required in order for the interview result to be accepted.
The online interview is tied together with the pre-task and will test applicants' motivation and suitability to the field of study. Applicants must be prepared to be interviewed (i.e. have a computer with a microphone and a camera available) at the given time. The interviews will be arranged during office hours Finnish time.
The pre-task and interview results are only valid for the one specific application period.
English language skills are evaluated as a part of the pre-task and the interview.
The pre-task instructions 2020 for each study path will be published on Studyinfo.fi and TAMK’s website on 29 November 2019. Submit FIRST the official online application AND THEN one of the following pre-tasks by 22 January 2020 at 15.00 Finnish time at the latest:
- Music Production
- Interactive Media
- Fine Art
Follow the instructions carefully. Please remember to submit all the required sections. The pre-task submission form is only available during the application period.
It is possible to score a maximum of 100 points from the pre-task. A minimum of 20 points is required in order for the pre-task to be accepted.
NOTE: You may apply only to one study path. Therefore, submit only one pre-task.
If you have special needs which should be taken into account when arranging your online interview/entrance exam, please fill in the application form and deliver it with the other required enclosures to TAMK Admissions Office by 29 January 2020 (3 pm Finnish time).
You need to describe your special needs and the grounds for special arrangements in the application. Please enclose any relevant copies (e.g. medical certificate).
Application form (opens in December)
If you do not deliver the application in time, TAMK has no obligation to make any special arrangements. If the need for special arrangements arises or is discovered between the end of the application period (22 January 2020) and the online interview/entrance exam, you must deliver the special arrangement application without a delay to TAMK Admissions Office.
The special arrangement decision only applies to one application round.
- Check your eligibility for the degree programme of your choice.
- Apply via Studyinfo.fi portal during 8 - 22 January 2020 (3 pm Finnish time).
- Submit the compulsory pre-task by 22 January 2020 (3 pm Finnish time).
- Upload the requested attachments to your application form by 29 January 2020 (3 pm Finnish time).
- Take part in theonline interview.
- Accept the offered study place.
- Join the TAMK community!
The electronic application form is available during the application period 8 - 22 January 2020 (3 pm Finnish time) in the Finnish national application portal Studyinfo.fi.
Note that your e-mail address is only valid for filling out one application. You cannot fill out additional applications with one e-mail address.
Non-EU/EEA citizens: If you wish to qualify for the Early Bird -scholarship at TAMK, you must accept the offered study place within 7 days from the time that student selection result is published. Please see more about tuition fees and scholarships.
One study place
Please notice, that you can only accept one study place among Bachelor's/Master's degrees in Finland starting during the same academic semester (1 Aug-31 Dec/1 Jan-31 Jul). Even if you register as absent or quit your studies, you cannot accept another study place during the same academic semester.
The confirmation of study place is binding and it cannot be changed afterwards.
When applying to Bachelor's Degree Programme in Media and Arts, you have to submit a pre-task by 22 January 2020 at 3 pm Finnish time at the latest.
Submit one pre-task by the given instructions. The instructions will be published on 29 November 2019. Please note to submit all the required sections.The pre-task submission form is only available during the application period.
The applicants will be ranked based on the points of the pre-task and the 120 best-performing applicants will be invited to the online interview.
NOTE: You may apply only to one study path.
A degree completed outside of Finland
You have to upload the required certificate copies to your application form by 29 January 2020 at 3 pm Finnish time at the latest. If your original degree certificate is in a language other than Finnish, Swedish or English, you also have to upload a copy of its' authorised translation. The authorised translation has to be in Finnish, Swedish or English and it has to include the translator’s signature and stamp.
International matriculation examination (IB, EB, RP/DIA)
You have to upload the diploma and the official translation (RP/DIA) copies to your application form by 29 January 2020 at 3 pm Finnish time at the latest.
Finnish matriculation examination prior to 1990
You have to upload the matriculation examination certificate to your application form by 29 January 2020 at 3 pm Finnish time at the latest.
Graduates of spring 2020
You have to upload a stamped and signed document from your school stating that you are graduating by the end of the academic year to your application form by 29 January 2020 at 3 pm Finnish time at the latest. If you are applying with IB diploma and graduating during the academic year 2018-2019, submit a Predicted Grades or equivalent by 8 April 2020 at 3 pm Finnish time at the latest to the highest study option's UAS' Admissions Office.
If you are applying with other than above-mentioned degree, you don’t have to send certificate copies during the application period.
The certificate copies are checked from those who are accepted as students and the final certificate copies (Transcript of Grades for those completing IB diploma) have to be sent by 15 July 2020.
Document proving exemption of tuition fee
All applicants must upload a copy of one of the following documents to establish their citizenship and/or residence status to their application form. This pertains to the legislation on tuition fees for those accepted students who are not citizens of countries of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland or holders of certain residence status in Finland. In case you hold a residence permit, upload that copy instead of passport copy, as it will also exempt you from payment of tuition fees.
You must upload the copy to your application form by 29 January 2020 at 3 pm Finnish time at the latest.
All submitted documents must be ones carrying a photograph, so they can also be used to establish identity. The copy must be fully legible and the photo must be identifiable.
Indicate which document you are referring to:
- Passport ID page or ID card of EU/EEA/Switzerland which states citizenship
- Passport ID page (all other citizenships)
- EU Blue Card
- EU Family Member's Residence Card in Finland
- Type A permit (continuous residence permit in Finland)
- Type P permit (permanent residence permit in Finland)
- Type P-EU permit (EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence in Finland)
TAMK's Bachelor degree: school certificate copies of admitted applicants
All admitted applicants (regardless of the country of the educational background) have to send the school certificate copies to TAMK Admissions Office by 15 July 2020 at 3 pm Finnish time at the latest.
This does not concern academic year 2019-2020 graduates, whose final diploma cannot be submitted by the given deadline. These applicants can be given an another deadline by request. However, academic year 2019-2020 graduates have to submit a document from the educational institution/instant in question stating that the applicant has graduated/passed the final exams by 15 July 2020 at 3 pm Finnish time at the latest. Student selection is conditional until TAMK has checked the admitted students’ original final school certificates. TAMK may withdraw the admission if you do not deliver the certificates by the deadline or if you have given false information.
If your original degree certificate is in a language other than Finnish, Swedish or English, you also have to send a copy of its' authorised translation. The translation has to be in Finnish, Swedish or English and it has to include the translator’s signature and stamp.
Results for August 2020 intake will be published on 13 March 2020 at the earliest and on 5 June 2020 at the latest.
- See their results by logging into Studyinfo.fi portal
- Receive an e-mail/a letter stating their result and points
- Admitted applicants receive also a notice of admittance by e-mail
Confirm the offered study place in time
Admitted applicants must confirm their study place by 10 July 2020 (3 pm Finnish time) at the latest by logging into Studyinfo.fi portal. If the confirmation has not been done by the set date and time, the applicant will lose the offered study place.
Non-EU/EEA students: To qualify for the Early Bird -scholarship you must accept the offered study place within 7 days!
Confirmation of the study place is binding and cannot be altered or cancelled.
If you are later admitted from the waiting list, you have 10 days to confirm your study place. Please read your e-mail regularly in order to receive the possible admittance e-mail in time. The final day of admittance is 31 July 2020.
The original certificates will be checked at the beginning of the studies. Student admission is conditional until TAMK has checked the admitted students' original school certificates at the beginning of the studies.
Original certificate delivery instructions are given in the admission letter. TAMK may withdraw the admission if you do not deliver the original certificates by the set date or if you have given false information.
One study place
You can only accept one study place among Bachelor's/Master's degrees in Finland starting during the same academic semester (1 Aug-31 Dec/1 Jan-31 Jul). Even if you register as absent or quit your studies, you cannot accept another study place during the same academic semester.
Applicants who are accepted to the degree programme which they placed highest in the order of preference on the application form, cannot choose a study place from lower preference options at confirmation stage.
This is a national policy to ensure that as many applicants as possible get a new study place annually.
Enroll for studies
When accepting the study place, you also have to register as present or absent to your studies at TAMK on the Studyinfo.fi portal.
According to Finnish legislation, first-year student may register as absent for the first academic year for the following reasons only:
- Finnish military service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007), or Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service (194/1995);
- maternity, paternity or parental leave;
- the student cannot begin studies due to being incapacitated by personal illness or injury.
If you register as absent, you must prove the legal grounds for your absence. TAMK requires you to present these documents by 15 July 2020 (3 pm Finnish time). Documents must be delivered to TAMK Admissions Office.
If you register as absent in your first academic year, but fail to deliver sufficient clarification regarding the grounds for your absence within the deadline, you will lose your right to study.
If you believe that there has been a mistake in the student selection or the set admission criteria have not been applied correctly, you can submit a written request for rectification of the student selection decision addressed to TAMK Board of Examiners within 14 days after the student selection results have been published.
Always check the admission criteria of the programme first and contact TAMK Admissions Office before writing the request. If the issue cannot be solved by the admissions officials, you are advised to submit a written request for rectification.
Form and content of request for an administrative review:
The document requesting an administrative review shall indicate the particular decision for which the review is requested, the amendment that is being sought in the review requested and the grounds for requesting the review. (Administrative Procedure Act, Section 49d)