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Multimedia Design

Would you like to be an active player in the mass digitalization taking place across the world?

With a multimedia designer study programme, you will be working across every different aspect of digital development - from ideas and planning to implementation and testing.

The programme has a particular emphasis on digital user interfaces.

You will gain a broad understanding of the entire digital development process, which you can take with you directly into the workplace or use as a solid foundation for further studies.

Facts

  • Study start: 24. August 2021 Application deadline: 15 March 2021 at 12:00 CET for Quota 2 applicants // 5 July 2021 at 12:00 CET for Quota 1 applicants
  • Admission requirements: Education equivalent to a Danish upper secondary education incl. English and Mathematics or Business Economics at a certain level.
  • Duration: 2 years, 120 ECTS (NQF/EQF Level 5)
  • Tuition: EU/EAA/Swiss citizens – no tuition fees. Non-EU/EAA citizens – DKK 75,000/year

Mode of study: Full-time, on campus

Language of instruction: English

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Heidi Lønbæk Nygaard Pedersen
- The teachers are unusually skilled and competent. They do a lot to make sure that we, the learners, take responsibility. And they are very good at listening, on both a professional and a personal level.
Heidi Lønbæk Nygaard Pedersen
Multimedia Design student 2016 - 2018

Study Multimedia Design at IBA

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What you learn

The multimedia designer course is a 2-year Business Academy study course, consisting of a mandatory core programme, various elective modules, a practical or internship period, and then a final assignment project.

On this programme you will be very involved with the design, programming, and planning of multimedia projects, as well as taking on the theoretical and practical tools used for developing professional design within the field of multimedia.

With the multimedia design programme, you will be able to self-sufficiently handle all of the various aspects of digital media production. This includes design, planning, realization and project management, along with implementation, administration and maintenance.

Over the course of the programme, you will work cross-discipline with:

  • Communication and presentation, journalism and copywriting
  • Graphic design, aesthetics, 3D animation and audio/video
  • IT systems, data communication, and building websites
  • Project management, concept development, and business understanding
  • Marketing

The teaching on the multimedia design programme is very varied. You will encounter different types of teaching such as classroom teaching, group work, lectures, presentations from relevant people, theme days and project weeks. No two weeks are alike.

You will work with programmes such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, and will learn developer languages such as HTML, CSS, Javascript and PHP.

Structure of the programme

The study programme consists of a mandatory section over semesters 1 and 2, elective modules in semester 3, and a practical or internship period, along with a final thesis assignment, in semester 4.

The programme covers five main areas. As such, you get a chance to stock up your toolbox with everything you need to get ahead in the world of digital media.

  • User interface development: In this module you will work with design and development, with a particular focus on the production of digital interfaces. The subject module is based on a broad range of development methods, so you’ll be prepared for whatever you might encounter in the business world. You learn about the planning, design and production of digital media solutions.
  • User experience: In this module, there is a special emphasis on ways to involve the user in your digital solutions. You learn to understand your user. You also learn about evaluation and road-testing of the user experience, along with how to read and utilize whatever data you might obtain.
  • Content production: The name largely says it all - in this module you work around producing content for digital media platforms. You learn to understand what type of content is relevant for specific kinds of media. You learn about different types of content, and how best to convey your message.
  • Business: Here, you take a closer look at understanding business, data, the existential foundations of companies, and the role of the multimedia designer within the value chain. You gain a deeper understanding about the general structure of a business, and how to find your place within it. And you learn to understand organizational structures and processes.
  • Technology: It is important to always stay updated on the latest technologies, and of course the digital world moves extremely fast. This module is all about understanding and investigating technologies. You will be working with the technologies involved in the production of digital media at this moment. As such, you will be able to seek out new forms of media in the future and quickly get up to speed with them.
Study environment and teaching method

Teaching takes place in classes comprising between 25 and 35 students, giving you an excellent opportunity to enjoy a great social life with your fellow students. You will experience teaching approaches emphasizing theory as well as practice.

The instruction is based on projects, many of which run in cooperation with local and national businesses, and the tasks are normally carried out in groups. You must be prepared to make an independent effort and to cooperate with your fellow students.

Some of the project tasks, and the final project in particular, are independent tasks which you carry out on the basis of the theory that you have learned.  The projects should be based on specific cases from businesses, insofar as this is possible. You will be given good advice and constructive criticism along the way.

Career opportunities

As a multimedia designer, you have many options. You can work in many different types of companies, where you can handle a broad range of tasks within multimedia production - anything from planning and implementation to administration and maintenance.

You can work with web design, video production, graphic design, programming, or within the film/TV branch. Typically, multimedia designers work across a combination of these areas, and function as experts when it comes to digital communication.

If you’re a qualified multimedia designer, you will be able to hold titles such as project coordinator, web designer, programmer and planner.

Internship

On the Multimedia Design programme there is a mandatory 12-week internship during semester 4.

During your studies you will see both a careers advisor and a company consultant from IBA Career, who will provide dialogue and guidance around exactly what a targeted application and an effective CV should contain.

As a student you also have the option of an individual session, in which a careers advisor from IBA Career will go through the CV and the application with you, and together you’ll plan for the next stage of the process.

IBA Career has a strong network of previous internship companies, both in Denmark and abroad, and students from IBA are very much in demand. Many students from the programme seek out their own internships, while others work alongside IBA Career, who regularly receive job announcements for both internships and permanent positions. These will all be posted on the job portal. Find the job portal here.

IBA Career also holds various different activities for IBA alumni (i.e. former IBA students).

Before you embark on an internship you will also be invited to a career day at IBA, to which a range of companies are invited, all of them looking for an intern just like you.

Both career advice and internships are to help get you fully prepared for your future career.

Students, companies and IBA alike all have a shared responsibility to create good relationships, and to ensure that each party gains some tools and knowledge from the student’s internship within the company. IBA Career has solid experience of securing an internship placement for every student.

International opportunities

As a student on the Multimedia Design programme at IBA, you can take advantage of a whole range of international opportunities. There is the option of traveling overseas to study for a semester, or to take your internship. Or if you’re not quite prepared for a whole 3-month visit overseas, there are also study trips with your classmates, which last for around a week.

Finally there’s the opportunity to go to one of our partner schools and take part in their International Business Week. There, you will be given an assignment relevant to your studies, which must be completed in groups made up of students from different countries and different academic institutions.

Read more about going abroad.

Further education

Upon successful completion of the Multimedia Design degree, you can progress automatically to complete the 3-semester Bachelor in Web Development at IBA, or use your credits to study further in Denmark or abroad. Notice that the Bachelor in Web Development is only offered in Danish.

Lecturers
  • Ditte Hoffmann Kærslund
    Ditte Hoffmann Kærslund
    Lecturer
  • Hanne Skov Bertelsen
    Hanne Skov Bertelsen
    Senior Lecturer
  • Laila Nadine Villadsen Kjær
    Laila Nadine Villadsen Kjær
    Lecturer
  • Morten Jul Petersen
    Morten Jul Petersen
    Senior Lecturer
  • Per Toft
    Per Toft
    Programme Manager
  • Rikke Lind
    Rikke Lind
    Senior Lecturer
Maxim Paladii
- I thought I’d be building on my knowledge about design, but I got so much more - I also learnt about business and communications, and it’s been really great.
Maxim Paladii
Multimedia Design and Communication in 2016-2018

Admission requirements and application procedure

You can apply for AP Multimedia Design only for summer intake.

If you have questions in connection with admission, you can contact our Admission Office via email apply@iba.dk.

All applicants eligible for admission to the programme in Quota 2 will have to complete an online admission interview. If the applicant does not show up for the interview, the application will not be considered further.

Non-EU/EAA/Swiss applicants are required to pay an application fee before their application can be processed by IBA. Read more about the application fee.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the programme, you must fulfil both general and specific entry requirements.

General entry requirement

You must have finished an education equivalent to a Danish upper secondary education, or relevant vocational education on the same level. English and Mathematics or Business Economics (Virksomhedsøkonomi or Erhvervsøkonomi) must be included.

To find out if your non-Danish entry qualifications fulfil the minimum entry requirements for the programme, you can visit website of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

Specific entry requirements

All applicants must have completed and passed the following subjects:

  • Mathematics or Business Economics (Virksomhedsøkonomi or Erhvervsakademi) at a Danish C-level.

The Mathematics C-level is represented by 125 hours*.

The Business Economics (virksomhedsøkonomi or erhvervsøkonomi) C-level is represented by 75 hours*.

  • English at a Danish B-level with a GPA of 3,0 on the Danish scale.

The English B-level is represented by 210 hours*.

In addition, students with foreign upper secondary education/entry qualifications must submit a valid, recognised international English proficiency test. Please read the requirements for English tests and exemptions here.

If your upper secondary school certificate does not contain information on hours of instruction per subject, you can use the Verification Form (must be signed and stamped by your institution).

* Note that the figures are calculated in hours of 60 min during the last three years of upper-secondary school (equivalent to the Danish B-level of a Danish upper-secondary examination).

Application Procedure – Summer intake

All applications must be made online* through www.optagelse.dk. Applications open on 1 February every year. You must use this area admission number when making your application: 81365.

The admission process and application deadlines differ depends on which Quota your application falls under.

*Please note that we cannot accept applications or any documentation containing personal information via e-mail.

Quota 1

You have to apply via Quota 1 if you have obtained a Danish qualifying examination, which includes HHX, STX, HTX, HF or EUX.  You must also fulfil the abovementioned specific requirements for the programme.

  • Your application is assessed based on the GPA of your first obtained qualifying examination.
  • If there are more applicants than there are available study places, we will admit them based on their GPA.

The application deadline for Quota 1 is July 5th at 12:00 CET.

Please note that if you want your application to be assessed on something other than just the GPA you must follow the application procedure and the deadline for Quota 2.

Quota 2

Applicants with the following qualifications must apply before March 15th, 12:00 CET:

  • Applicants with foreign upper secondary education/entry qualifications including an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma or other international upper secondary education.
  • Applicants with vocational education or several HF single subjects.
  • Applicants who have received/want a dispensation from the requirement for an entry qualification.
  • Applicants with Danish upper secondary education/entry qualifications wishing to apply via Quota 2 and have their application assessed on something other than just the GPA.

Criteria for assessing Quota 2 applications:

  • Relevant work experience, incl. internships and compulsory military service (max. 12 months)
  • Relevant supplementary training/courses
  • Other activities, such as attending a Danish Folkeskolen (folk high school), stays abroad.

Abovementioned applicants will also be considered in Quota 1 if their GPA can be converted to the Danish 7-point scale. You can check whether your application will be considered in both Quotas here (in Danish).

Applicants without a Danish CPR number

Applicants who do not have a Danish CPR (Civil Registration Number) will be required to provide an e-mail address to have their application profile registered. Once this is done, a direct link to the login page will be sent to the provided e-mail. With this login the applicant will be able to start the application process. The system will automatically create a temporary CPR for the applicant. The e-mail address and temporary CPR will be used to identify the applicant the application system. Please do not change your e-mail address during the application process.

Applicants must submit the application form and upload all available enclosures on www.optagelse.dk before March 15 at 12:00 noon CET. Any enclosures not yet available (e.g., English test, upper secondary diploma etc.) may be uploaded up to July 5 at 12:00 noon when the application system closes. If you receive your upper secondary diploma after this date, please send it to apply@iba.dk.

Signature page (VERY IMPORTANT!)

When the application is submitted, the applicant must use the special print icon to print the “Signature page(s)” which contains a unique code “Application ID”.

Signature pages must be sent to apply@iba.dk. If the applicant applies via a recruiting agency, the name/stamp of the agency should be visible on the signature page.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the signature page reaches IBA Admission Office before the application deadline. Please note that you must send a signature page for each education programme for all priorities. Without this signature page we will NOT be able to see, download and consider the application!

Here is an information on how to fill in the application via optagelse.dk.

Applicants with a Danish CPR number

If the applicant already has a valid Danish CPR number, she/he must use this to log in to the application system instead of an e-mail address. The applicant will not receive the signature page and do not have to notify IBA after having submitted the application and enclosures.

Necessary documentation – Application checklist

You must attach documentation to support the information mentioned in your application.

All relevant documentation must be attached to your application by the application deadline.

Mandatory documentation:

  • Upper Secondary School Diploma (Copy of original and translation)
  • Transcripts of records (last 3-4 years from the upper secondary school, copy of original and translation)
  • Documentation for English language skills – see here which English test Certificate we accept.
  • Copy of valid passport/national ID.
  • Letter of motivation (max.2 A4 pages)
  • Verification form must be signed and stamped by the educational institution. This document should be used if your upper secondary school certificate or transcripts of records do not contain information on hours of instruction per subject.

Optional documentation:

If you want to make your application more competitive and to be assessed on additional qualifications, you can provide the following documentation:

  • Other relevant educational activity (higher education, relevant supplementary training/courses
  • Relevant work experience, incl. internships and compulsory military service (max. 12 months)
  • Voluntary unpaid work
  • Other activities, such as attending a Danish Folkeskolen (folk high school), stays abroad.

Financial issues

Tuition fee

Danish, Nordic, EU and EEA students: Free of charge.

Other students: DKK 75,000 per year (DKK 37,500 per semester).

Students who are exchanged between IBA and other institutions where exchange agreements exist are exempt from paying tuition fees to the IBA. 

Expenses

Books (approximately DKK 2,000 during the course of two years), and your own notebook PC or MAC which supports 5GHz (802.11a).

Furthermore you need to have the following programmes installed: 

  • Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 Master Collection 
  • Microsoft® Office 2013.

Scholarships

The programme is entitled to the Danish state education support (SU). Read more at www.su.dk

Video: Students working across many different study programmes at the annual ‘International Week’

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The Kickstarter project is an academic project for students who don’t go on a study visit or take part in the International Business Week.

The project involves multimedia designers, e-designers and web developers, working together to ‘kickstart’ a product. Students are divided into groups across the various study programmes, testing their capacities by working alongside students from academic backgrounds other than their own. This lends valuable perspectives regarding their own position within a company’s production cycle.

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