Minor Studies

Minor subject studies in Media Lab offer an opportunity for MA level students from various fields to enhance and deepen their professional skills in a multidisciplinary design and research environment, in collaboration with students and professionals of new media design and production.

This year we offer three minor subject packages: DVD, SOiN and Games. Our minor subject packages are 15 cp or 25 cp. Participation in the minor subject studies can also offer opportunities for additional collaboration in our research projects or further studies.

JOOPAS-application time for people studying in other Finnish universities is 1.-30.4. Apply here. You can apply by using the package codes below. Application period for internal/Aalto mobility will be open only 15.-31.5.2017 in eAge. Instructions for applying: http://studyguides.aalto.fi/minors-guide/2017/en/instructions-for-applying/minor.html

Your study plan (HOPS) is an obligatory attachment in the minor subject application.

If the minor you want to apply a study right for is not listed in eAge in the menu ”Minor subject applied for”, please choose ”Other minor” and write the name (and the code) of the minor you are applying the study right for in the field “Name of the unlisted minor subject”.

MINOR SUBJECT STUDY AREAS 2017-18

Dynamic Visualization in New Media (DVD)

Code: ARTS3048
Extent: 25 ECTS
Language: English
Teachers in charge: Lily Diaz, Markku Reunanen
Target group: only masters level students

Application procedure:
Internal mobility: Application period for internal/Aalto mobility will be open only 15.-31.5.2017 in eAge.
JOOPAS: Students from other Finnish universities apply during the JOOPAS application time in April 1-30 via https://haku.joopas.fi.

Needed attachments are a transcript of records and a motivation letter. In the letter the applicant describes his/her background and experience relating to the minor subject applied for as well as indicates his/her learning objectives. Experience in working with digital media is recommended.
Selection criteria: 1) educational background relating to the minor subject, 2) working experience or other experience relating to the minor subject, 3) feasible learning goals relating to the minor subject.
Quotas and restrictions: 3-8 available places, no quota.
Prerequisites: Please see application procedure and quotas and restrictions.

Content and structure of the minor

Learning outcomes

From a practical point of view, this thematic area seeks to develop competence in visualization as a key aspect of digital design, with the objective of developing visual literacy and using this skill in the creation of effective information and communication products. From a theoretical point of view, the aim is to provide an understanding of the context of visualization as one involving dynamic processes that are of a biological as well as of a social and cultural nature. The course’s focus is on the nature of these processes as well as the role of visualization within them.

Content

Visualization involves the manipulation of abstract elements, since in many instances its objective is to provide knowledge about phenomena whose essence is not visual, or about artifacts that do not yet exist. For example, a map of its stations does not really resemble a metro itself but rather, outlines the different parts of the system, their location, as well as the process of moving from one part to another. Visualization is closely related to the notion of communication in contemporary culture. The idea of the artist or the designer as an expert in visualization, pre-supposes acquiring familiarity with the iconographic systems of diverse visual cultures. From this point of view the designer works like the anthropologist; s/he becomes familiar with the visual artifacts of the audience s/he is supposed to design for.

Structure of the minor

These courses are obligatory in DVD minor subject studies:
DOM-E2100 Information Design I, 3cr
DOM-E5033 Dynamic Visualization 1, 5cr
DOM-E5034 Dynamic Visualization 2, 6-8cr

Student can collect the rest of the needed  25 ECTS credits from these courses:

These courses will be organized every year:
DOM-E5108 From Data to Pixels, 3 cr
DOM-E5012 Interface Prototyping, 3cr
DOM-E5026 Dynamic Visualization Independent Studies, 3-6cr
DOM-E5103 Topics in Visualization and Cultural Analytics, 3-6cr

These courses are taught only every second year:
DOM-E5003 Systems of Representation, 3-6cr
DOM-E5057 Information Graphics; Formats and Genres, 3cr
DOM-E5025 3D User Interface Design, 3-6cr
DOM-E5109 UX Strategy and Service Design Workshop 3-5cr

Game Design and Production (Games)

Code: ARTS3049
Extent: 15 or 25 ECTS
Language: English
Teachers in charge: Miikka Junnila
Target group: Only masters level students.

Application procedure:
Internal mobility: Application period for internal/Aalto mobility will be open only 15.-31.5.2017 in eAge
JOOPAS: Students from other Finnish universities apply during the JOOPAS application time in April 1-30 via https://haku.joopas.fi.

Needed attachments are a transcript of records and a motivation letter. In the letter the applicant describes his/her background and experience relating to the minor subject applied for as well as indicates his/her learning objectives. We strongly recommend that the applicants provide links to videos and/or other documentation about their past games, software, art, design etc.
Selection criteria: 1) educational background relating to the minor subject, 2) working experience or other experience relating to the minor subject and 3) feasible learning goals relating to the minor subject.
Quotas and restrictions:  3-10 students.
Prerequisites: Please see application procedure and quotas and restrictions.

Content and structure of the minor

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of the minor are
• to understand what games and game design are,
• how games are analyzed and
• how they are made in multidisciplinary groups.

Content

 

The minor subject in game design and production offers the student an opportunity to understand more about games and game production. Alternative versions are worth of 15 ECTS or 25 ECTS. We encourage students to choose this 25 ECTS version of the minor subject, as that gives the student a full experience of the hands-on aspect of game design and production during the game project. We hope that the applicant has a strong interest in games and experience in some relevant skill like for example game design, art, animation or programming.

Structure of the minor

Game Design and Game Analysis courses are obligatory for all Games minor students. Game Project is either 5 ECTS credits or 15 ECTS depending on the size of the minor studies.

DOM-E5080 Game Design, 5cr
DOM-E5083 Game Analysis, 5cr
DOM-E5095 Game Project, 5-15cr

See a new Games video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swG0_91cFy8

Sound in New Media (SOiN)

Code: ARTS3052
Extent: 15 or 25 ECTS
Language: English
Teachers in charge: Antti Ikonen
Target group: only masters level students

Application procedure:
Internal mobility: Application period for internal/Aalto mobility will be open only 15.-31.5.2017 in eAge.
JOOPAS: Students from other Finnish universities apply during the JOOPAS application time 1.-30.4. via https://haku.joopas.fi.

Needed attachments are a transcript of records and a motivation letter. In the letter the applicant describes his/her background and experience relating to the minor subject applied for as well as indicates his/her learning objectives. Experience in working with digital media is recommended.
Selection criteria:
1. educational background relating to the minor subject
2. working experience or other experience, relating to the minor subject
3. feasible learning goals related to the minor subject
Quotas and restrictions: 3–5, no quota
Prerequisites: Please see application procedure and quotas and restrictions.

Content and structure of the minor

Learning outcomes

To understand more about sonic dimension of new media, in theory and in practice.

Content of the Minor

The minor study subject Sound in New Media (SOiN) is based on sound & music and related studies in the Department of Media, Aalto ARTS. SOiN consists of selected MA level courses, workshops and lecture series related to the sonic dimension of new media. We are looking for MA level students who have preferably completed BA level studies in media or music, or have gained corresponding competence from practical work. In addition to basic ITC skills the students are expected to have experience on audio technology. The students should also have an interest towards new media, new technologies and new forms of artistic expression.

Structure of the minor

Student can collect the needed  15/ 25 ECTS from these courses plus selected workshops (discussed when making personal study plan HOPS in the beginning of the academic year).

DOM-E5074 Composing  with Data Flow Programming, 3-7 cr
DOM-E5072 Sound Seminar, 3-4cr
DOM-E5073 Sound Clinic, 3-5cr
DOM-E5066 Introduction to Sound  Design & Music, 3-5 cr
DOM-E5069 Introduction to Western Classical Music, 3-5cr
DOM-E5065 Advanced Audio Production Work, 3-10 cr

More information: anna.arsniva@aalto.fi