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.

For the years 2018-19 and 2019-20 we offer four minor subject packages: New media design and production, 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. (No autumn applications, spring only!) Application period for internal/Aalto mobility will be open 15.-31.5.2018 in eAge. Instructions for applying: https://into.aalto.fi/display/ensivuaineet2018/

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 2018-19 AND 2019-20

New media design and production

Code: ARTS3089
Extent: 15 or 25 ECTS
Language: English
Teachers in charge: Markku Reunanen, Rasmus Vuori, Matti Niinimäki
Target group: Only masters level students.

Application Procedure
Internal mobility: Application period for internal/Aalto mobility will be open only 15.-31.5. 2018 and 15-31.5.2019 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
Transcript of records and a motivation letter. In the letter the applicant describes his/her background and experience relating to the minor subject, and indicates his/her learning objectives. We expect the student to have good basic ICT skills and some first-hand experience with digital media, acquired either through previous studies, hobby or work.

Selection criteria:
1. educational background
2. work experience or other experience
3. feasible study plan
Quotas and restrictions: 3–5 students.
Prerequisites: see above.

Content and Structure of the Minor

Learning Outcomes
The students get diverse perspectives to contemporary new media and understand how and why it came to be. They learn the basics of new media design, creative programming, interactivity and media art, both in theory and practice.

Content
New media permeates almost all aspects of today’s life and, therefore, the minor can effectively supplement many other studies. The minor is aimed for students who wish to develop their skills on various new media related topics and get a glimpse of how things work under the hood. Instead of focusing on technology itself, our goal is to apply it to creative, experimental and human-centered purposes. Hardcore technical skills required: no. A curious mind: yes.

Structure of the Minor
The minor comes in two sizes: 15 or 25 ECTS. There are certain obligatory courses that are complemented by optional ones, based on the needs and interests of the student.

The compulsory courses are:
DOM-E5123 Designerly Approaches to Social Media 3
DOM-E5111 Interaction Design Course 3-5
DOM-E5024 Introduction to Media Art and Culture 3
DOM-E5041 New Media Exam 1

Student also chooses one of these two:
DOM-E5032 Software Studies for Media Designers 3-5
DOM-E5060 Software Studies: Programming for Artists 3-5

The remaining credits can be chosen from the following list:
DOM-E5025 3D User Interface Design 3-5
DOM-E5124 Alive Dead Media 3
DOM-E5125 Embodied interaction 3-5
DOM-E5074 Composing with Data Flow Programming 3-5
DOM-E5122 Contemporary Web Development 3
DOM-E5128 Digital Fabrication Studio 3-5
DOM-E5108 From Data to Pixels 3
DOM-E5088 Game Design Basics Workshop 3
DOM-E5038 Generative and Interactive Narratives 3
DOM-E5106 Generative Media Coding 3
DOM-E5112 Interaction Design Workshop 3
DOM-E5004 Interactive Art 3-5
DOM-E5015 Internet Technologies and Techniques 3-5
DOM-E5056 Multitouch Interaction 3
DOM-E5043 Physical Interaction Design 3-5
DOM-E5003 Systems of Representation 3-6

Dynamic Visualization in New Media (DVD)

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

Application Procedure
Internal mobility: Application period for internal/Aalto mobility will be open only 15.-31.5. 2018 and 15-31.5.2019 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-E5103 Topics in Visualization and Cultural Analytics, 3-6cr

DOM-E5126 Dynamic Visualization, 6-8cr

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

DOM-E5108 From Data to Pixels, 3 cr 

DOM-E5111 Interaction Design Course, 3-5cr

DOM-E5026 Dynamic Visualization Independent Studies, 3-6cr
DOM-E2102 Data Now, 3 cr

DOM-E5003 Systems of Representation, 3-6cr

DOM-E5025 3D User Interface Design, 3-6cr


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. 2018 and 15-31.5.2019 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. 2018 and 15-31.5.2019 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 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