Three music bands from TAMK have been nominated to participate in the EXCITE Project.

Loud Lights, Rawbeena and F.U.N.C. are the three bands eligible to participate in the EXCITE Project representing Finland. These three bands have been formed by students of Media and Arts program.

The Excite project is a collaboration between nine organizations from nine different European countries that exchange young musical talent across European borders. The participating organizations are all about supporting young upcoming bands, and with Excite, they want to give bands their first European touring experience. This is achieved by working together with a selection of festivals from the participating countries. In that manner, 20 playing opportunities for 12 bands across 9 countries are created, providing the selected bands with an invaluable networking opportunity and a chance to gain experience.

TAMK (Media and Arts program) and Lost In Music festival are cooperating in Finland to provide a perfect base for exchanging, supporting and educating young talent (both artists and producers) participating in Excite.

Text: Carlos Portilla, 2017

Rawbeena: Frej Blomqvist 
Loud Lights: Arttu Laurila
F.U.N.C.: Photo - Andres Fouche / Graphic design - Tauno Sillanpää
Text edits: CF

Loud Lights

Loud Lights



The application period to TAMK’s Media and Arts programme and its study paths Interactive Media, Music Production and Fine Art ended on 25.1.2017. This time, the number of first-choice applicants was 334, which was a really good result in the new application system.

At the moment, our teachers are assessing the applicants' pre-tasks and portfolios. As a result for assessments we will invite about 100 applicants in total to an online interview - no more travelling to exams!. Invitation letters to online interviews will be sent in mid-February 2017. The online interviews will be organized 20.-23.2.2017.

The next application period will be next year, but it's good to start practicing your skills and expanding your portfolio already now in order to be ready for the next year's application. For motivation and more information, please check these student stories about studying in TAMK's Media and programme and it's study paths.

Interactive Media:

Fine Art:

Music Production:

Check also these new success stories (these are in Finnish only at the moment)

More stories will be published from each study path in future to give you a good insight to our studies. Hopefully these will also give an extra motivation to all who will be invited to online interviews and also for those who may not be invited to interviews this year. Stay tuned to follow latest news and our students’ stories!

Timo Kivikangas
Head of Degree Programme in Media and Arts

Trip to the Minerva Art Academy in Groningen and Academy of Pop Culture in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands

Fine art students Tereza Holubova, Diana Kamaletdinova, Ina Martmann and Julia Räsänen attended the international week Here We Are Everywhere! of Minerva Academy of Pop Art with their teacher Fanni Niemi-Junkola in Leeuwarden in 6.-8.12.2016.

It was great to take part of the workshops and good to meet the Friesian colleagues from Groningen too! See you all again next year and welcome to participate TAMK Art, Music and Media International Week in April 25-28th 2017.

Text & photos by Fanni Niemi-Junkola 2016

We had an exciting workshop in Hong Kong with the students from Polytechnic University. During the first day we explored the beautiful Chinese garden of Nan Liang and got to see how the local nature feels like compared to Finland's familiar pine forests. 
Thanks to the humid and warm environment the plants were green and bright. The most distinct difference for me, was the smell.

Here are some of my favourite pictures I took:

Bridge, trees and water. Together they make a nice picture.
My favourite Bonsai tree.

Some might find small bonsai trees unnatural and trapped, but I think they are cute and all have different story hidden behind them.

Bright flowers were easy to find in the garden.

In a Finnish forest the smell is fresh and distant, but in this garden it was strong but also soothing. If you closed your eyes and ears and only smelled the garden, you could forget the huge city around you.
Old water mill had a nice atmosphere around it.

We can see the city all around the garden.

On Wednesday we arrived to Dragon's Back. It was nice hiking trail close to our hostel. The weather was quite good. It wasn't too hot and didn't rain so we were lucky. The weather forecast said there could be a typhoon but thankfully it came after we had left Hong Kong.

Before we could start our climb, we had to walk through this peaceful forest path. After the forest we climbed up and down the "Dragon's back". The view was worth all the hard work.
Forest path.

We had to open pokemon Go. ;) All Dragon's Back hiking trail's gyms were full of Dragonates. That was well done.

The view from the top of the Dragon's Back was beautiful even with the cloudy weather.

For me, the greatest part on this trip was to meet new and old friends, and to see how different our cities are. Nature is amazing where ever you go, but it's also so unique. 
Our goal is to find ways how to connect nature with virtual reality games and help people to relax that way. 
This trip expanded my view how different nature can be, and how it affects everyone in various ways.

The theme for this Workshop was Virtual reality and many of us invested it in our game concepts. I can't wait to see what we have produced by next year.

Thank you all from this amazing workshop! :)

Text & Pictures by: Eve Kyllönen