Goal of education (Learning outcomes)
The mission of the Media Lab is to explore, discover and comprehend the new digital technology and its impact in society; to find and exploit the possibilities it opens to communication, interaction and expression and to evaluate, understand and deal with the challenges it poses to design and creative production.
New Media Design and Production is Major Subject within the Master’s Programme in New Media, focusing on art and design in interactive media. The education is project-oriented, combining practice with theory, hands-on with minds-on. The project modules emphasize interdisciplinary and collaborative work, while individual skills are studied in workshops and through tutored studio work. Students in New Media in the Media Lab can choose to focus their studies on dynamic visualisation, art & culture, interaction design and interactive & generative storytelling.
The programme is fully taught in English, and students can write their thesis in Finnish, Swedish or English.
A student who graduates from the programme is able to understand the complex demands of New Media and has the skills required in special areas of creative collaboration, concept development, design and realisation. A graduate has a broad enough understanding of the diversification across disciplines for a holistic view of the field of New Media, in addition to a deepened knowledge into his/her own special expertise. He/she is capable to critically analyse and develop established digital and new media design traditions, as well as able to extend his/her professional competence and provide creative input the development of the design field of New Media. A graduate is expected to have reached a level of proficiency where further external or doctoral studies can be undertaken
During the studies students are expected to get familiar with a variety of tools, to understand the characteristics of new media. Students are expected to be both productive and creative as well have an analytical framework to operate with in the field as a New Media professionals.
Academic communication and writing are a significant part of the studies, and additional research oriented courses can be chosen if the student plans for an academic orientation. Students and researchers are encouraged to network internationally and have and option to spend a part of their studies abroad through any of our exchange programmes.
Running since 1994, about 15-20 new students start their studies every year. Our applicants' backgrounds vary widely and we have always attempted to recruit a true interdisciplinary team of students with each intake. Sharing knowledge and working in collaborative groups within experimental production and research processes is a basic premise of our work in the Media Lab.
The studies of the Media Lab are characterized by collaboration in an experimental and critical environment in which interaction and work in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams occurs on a wide scale between students and staff as well as with students of other faculties and institutions. By nature studies in ’new media’ emphasize emerging fields and practices and related tools and technologies for communication, creative production and distribution. In practice graduates of the Media Lab tend to become employed in ’new’ roles and ’emerging professions’ within the broad gamut of the new media industry, as well as in related research and development activities.
During the programme, students will specialise according to their personal skills and motivation. Their future professional profiles relate to the various fields of new media design and research including interaction design, information design, interface design, interactive and generative storytelling, new media production, software design and digital animation.
The curriculum contains a number of software tools courses, but in general we expect students to be either proficient in using the tools of the trade, or willing to set aside time for self-study. For this, we provide a library of tutorials, as well as one-on-one coaching.
The students can also continue their studies to doctoral degree.
Career opportunities and titles
During the programmes, students specialise according to their personal skills and motivation. Their future professional profiles relate to the various fields of new media design and research, including interface design, interaction design, information design, interactive storytelling, new media production, media art & design, software design and digital animation.
The Major Subject provides an excellent basis for an international career. A significant number of the department’s applicants, students, teachers and researchers are from abroad, and all the courses are taught in English. Students and researchers are encouraged to network internationally and have an option to spend a part of their studies abroad through any of our exchange programmes.
The selection to the MA in New Media, Major in New Media Design and Production happens in the ARTS Aalto master's student’s admission process. A group of students representing a variety of skills, backgrounds and talents are chosen every spring. The process consists of three steps: a written application which describes your background, experience and motivation, followed by a set of assignments and finally, an interview, which also includes a portfolio pitch.
A selection committee representing their own professional fields reviews all steps of application procedure.
Grounds for the selection of students include proven artistic/designer talent, motivation and personal development potential as well as the applicant's academic history, cultural activities and previous activities in the field of new media. Deciding factors are demonstrated talent and suitability within the desired field of study. The selection is based on application documents, the applicant's personal aims and motivation as a student, an interview and entrance test assignments, prepared in advance, as well as work presented during the interview.
In addition, New Media Major applicants should have
- work experience in digital media environments
- insight into new media design and/or new media production and/or related research
- fluent English (oral / written)
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Last updated April 22, 2016