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Open Day

Do you want to study IT or media?

What can you do and where can you work after completing a bachelor's degree in IT or Media? Seinor year pupils from Upper Secondary schools received answers to these questions during the “Open Day” at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies.

Frode Guribye forteller om informasjonsvitenskap
Frode Guribye talks about the Bachelor’s degree program in Information Science.
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Zulfikar Fahmy

Pupils from Upper Secondary schools attending “Open Day” learned about the seven forward-looking bachelor's degrees at the Department of Information and Media Studies. The degrees range from journalism and TV production, to media and communication and IT subjects such as Information Science, ICT and Cognitive Science, as well as Media and Interaction Design.

Bachelor’s degree programmes in Journalism, TV production and Media and Interaction Design.

- Media City Bergen is a brand new and unique building that opened in the autumn of 2017. There is no place like it. In Media City Bergen, the University of Bergen is located together with media houses and technology companies. We are part of a larger community, says Leif Ove Larsen, Head of the Department of Information Science and Media Studies. He adds that the institute has around 200 students at Media City Bergen.

- The students are part of a vibrant, dynamic media environment, based on close collaboration with editors and technology companies in the building, says Larsen.

The Department offers following undergraduate degree programs in Media City Bergen:

- Motivated students get jobs, says Lars Arve Røssland, Associate Professor and Head of the bachelor’s degree program in journalism.

- I started to study journalism this fall. It is very nice to study here in Media City Bergen with media companies such as TV2, BT, and NRK. I found that journalism is a good fit for me, because it allows me to work with a wide range of subjects and areas, says Emma Aldal Sætre, second-year student.

- The first term gives the students a taste of the entire program, and this term we will have internal practice. Next Spring we will do two placement periods in two different media houses, such as NRK, TV2, BT, BA or other local newspapers. I'm really looking forward to that, says Aldal Sætre.

- We are 22 students. You become good friends and you become part of a class. Our class do a lot together in our spare time, says Aldal Sætre.

- Through the Bachelor’s program in Media- and Interaction Design you learn to design systems related to media and media use. The media industry is undergoing major changes as a result of digitalization, says Kristine Jørgensen, Professor in Media Studies and Head of the program.

- Streaming services are taking over from traditional linear television. HBO and Netflix’s apps are examples of systems that you will work with, says Jørgensen.

- We have a lot of practice throughout the program. The first year you will meet companies that come to visit and tell how they work with interaction design. During the second year you will visit companies and solve problems they are experiencing, says Jørgensen.

- The third and last year you will have no leashes. You will work on your own bachelor project. The project will be an assignment from a company, which is to be worked on in groups, says Jørgensen.

Kristine Holmelid, Lars Arve Røssland og Emma Aldal Sætre forteller om journalistikkstudiet
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Zulfikar Fahmy

Bachelor’s degree program in Media and Communication

- If you are to understand what is happening in society, you must first understand the media. A bachelor's degree in Media and Communication gives you the opportunity to gain this insight, says media scholar, Magnus Hoem Iversen.

- Industry insights, and an understanding of the media audience and users, as well as how best to reach a target group with communication and messages, are central areas of this bachelor’s degree program, Iversen says.

- What is the difference between ordinary journalists and bloggers, or so-called "alternative media"? How do people use media? What do we gain from the media? Why do we watch news, use social media and play video games? How does one send a message to a targeted audience?

- Our people get jobs in media production, in the cultural sector - for example at the annual festival “Festspillene” in Bergen - and, quite a few as communication advisors. You can work in publishing houses, or with opinion polls. It is a broad and exciting education, because the media intervenes in everything, concludes Iversen.

Magnus Hoem Iversen forteller om medier og kommunikasjon
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Zulfikar Fahmy

Bachelor’s degree programmes in Information Science, Information- and Communication Technology and Cognitive Science

- The amount of information technology we use in our society is growing, and if you want to sit in the driver's seat through this development, it is a good idea to study it, says Frode Guribye, Professor in Information Science.

- There are some myths that IT studies are best suited for "nerds" and that they are not for girls or women. But that is not true. Furthermore, you do not have to be a "math genius". Everyone is welcome!

We offer three Bachelor’s degree programs in IT:

What can you do after completing these studies?

- IT developer, interaction/UX designer, IT project manager, teacher or researcher. There is major growth in the number of IT jobs. If you study IT, then you are well prepared and equipped. You can work within the health sector, media, banking, finance or shipping, says Guribye.

Elever får hjelp av studiekonsulent Trude Lome
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Zulfikar Fahmy