Kymenlaakson ammattikorkeakoulu, University of Applied Sciences KyUAS (KyAMK) Culture Sector (Design & Media)

mission statement

Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences focuses on promoting positive changes in the industrial structure of the province and the development of innovative, responsible industries in the region, as well as reinforcement of Kymenlaakso’s logistic position and management of changes in the population structure. The only independent higher education institution in the province, Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences focuses on high-quality education and RDI activities. KyUAS’s strategic partner in the higher education institution network is Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences.

international role

KyUAS Culture sector has a wide range of Erasmus university partners all over Europe. Student exchange and work placement as well as staff mobility from and to KyUAS Culture sector are active. KyUAS Design has launched and organized a series of national design competitions for design students, called Modo. This competition has later on developed on to international level: Baltic Modo 2009, Media Modo 2010 and the latest: Euro Modo 2011. Students from partner universities have been active participants in these competitions. Joint seminars and workshops have been arranged during the competition processes. KyUAS Culture sector has also been active in EU projects like Leonardo projects (eg. IDE-EDI –project 2003-06, in which KUAS Design co-ordinated the project). With non-EU partners especially KUAS Media has been active with a Russian university partner with educational exchange and joint projects.

national role

Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences is the only higher level educational institution in Kymenlaakso region and therefore its role in general and the role of KyUAS Culture sector especially for Kouvola region is fundamental. KyUAS offers some nationally unique and popular degree programme orientations in the design & media sector and the statistic figures like applicants per study places have been high during the recent years.

main focus

The Culture sector of Design and Media at Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences educates future professionals for the fields of design, media and restoration. We emphasise a visual and contextual approach in education, use of technology and development of the student’s communicative skills. Design and Media is a part of the faculty of International Business and Culture. Close cooperation and joint-projects with the Business unit promote entrepreneurial working methods. On practical, educational level it requires vocational product and service design projects in collaboration with companies. The degree is Bachelor of Culture and Arts, either in Design, Media Communication or Restoration.

faculties and departments

- Design Programme: Industrial design, Interior architecture & furniture design, Designer-stylist (fashion, interior, event), Stage costume design ESA (starts autumn 2012) - Media Programme: Audiovisual Design, Graphic design, Digital Media - Restoration Programme - Design Programme in English (taught in English)

bachelor level programs

Bachelor of Culture and Arts in: - Design - Design (in English) - Media Communication - Restoration - all 240 ECTS credits - estimated duration time: 4 years

master level programs

- Master Level Programme in Design (taught in English) (starts autumn 2012) - 90 ECTS credits - estimated duration time: 1,5 - 2 years

research activity and main areas

The Kymi Design&Business unit is the RDI (research, development & innovation) unit of Media and Design. It realizes design, media and product development projects either as research schemes or as direct commissions from enterprises. The current & main orientations in the research field are: - Boatbuilding design - Computer game industry - Wood construction development

doctorate level programs

None

subject areas for exchange students

Design: basic studies, various design studios, professional software courses, art courses, professional projects - briefing also in English Design (taught in English) - same as above Media - same as above Restoration - same as above

application deadlines

Incoming: June 1st (autumn semester), November 1st (spring semester) Outgoing: between December 1st – January 31st

teaching languages

Finnish English (Degree Programme in Design, also briefing & tutoring in English for exchange-students on most courses)

semester dates

autumn semester: September 1 - December 15 spring semester: January 3 - May 25

cost of living per month (studying and living)

Costs approximately: 600 € / student / month - including all basic costs of living

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