The first students ready for Media City Bergen

The competition was tough among this year's applicants for media studies at UiB. Now 220 students are ready to move in to the brand new premises in Media City Bergen, in Lars Hilles gate.

220 students are ready to move into the new premises in Lars Hilles gate. Halvard Alvheim Vegum and Tomine Monsen are two of them.
Ingrid H. Kvamstø

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- Our studies are unique. We have intentions of being nationally and internationally leading in research, education and innovation around media and digitization, says Knut Helland, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Together with the Head of Administration at the Department of Information and Media Studies, Carina Ottesen, they have a strong belief in the new study programmes, and not least in the new students. 

- We are very forward looking and assertive in regards to technology. ICT forms the basis of much of what is happening here and the study programs reflect this, says Helland, who adds:

- In the new premises you will find editing suites, recording studio and Mac labs. 

Close collaboration with media companies 
The Bachelors degree in Media and Interaction Design is one of the six professional oriented study programmes where teaching will take place in collaboration with media companies in Media City Bergen, amongst them TV 2, BA, NRK, BT, Vizrt and Vimond. 

- It's important that the students get close to the industry and that this proximity becomes a natural part of the study experience and milieu, says Ottesen. 

Halvard Alvheim Vegum and Tomine Monsen agree. They are both students on the new study programme in media and interaction design, starting this Autumn.

- One of the reasons I chose this study programme is its close link to the industry and work life, Monsen says, and continues: 

- I hope the programme will help us acquire a competence that we can not get from books alone, but also with the help of experience. 

Vegum agrees with his fellow student : 

- This programme is more vocational than the other studies I considered applying to. This sounds so amazing to me, especially in these premises, says Halvard Alvheim Vegum.