Creative Media & Digital Innovation Exchange Programme – enjoying the perfect study-life-balance in Chur for a semester
In the autumn semester of 2020, Switzerland's University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons will introduce a new programme for international exchange students. Incoming students will be able to benefit from a unique study programme combining courses from the fields of Multimedia Production and Digital Business Management. Both fields are combined in a multidisciplinary project (10 ECTS credits) in which students independently develop a research question and either theoretically or practically work on it in a creative manner. The multidisciplinary project can draw from the following disciplines and will be mentored by faculty members specialised in these fields: visualization, interactive media, video and audio production, animation, live communication, corporate communication, radio production, media science, user experience, xR, data science, digital business innovation and digital strategy.
Besides the multidisciplinary project, a maximum of four courses (4 ECTS credits each) from the following selection can be chosen individually:
Designing a Video Game
Storytelling as well as narration play an important role when new worlds are created in the design of video games. The goal of this minor is to develop a game design document and to test the ideas with prototypes. Game designing is a powerful skill that can also be used in other contexts such as filmmaking.
International and Intercultural Communication
New technologies and globalisation demand new communication skills. An important requirement to communicate successfully in international and intercultural contexts is that one is aware of their own culture. In this minor, students gain a comprehensive cultural understanding and learn how to interact positively in intercultural situations.
In this module, students create a journalistic multimedia product for the platform digezz.ch. Topic and form of this product are chosen by the students themselves. The focus is on the exploration of new media potential, creativity and innovation. Importance is also attached to critical self-reflection in relation to concept, experience and learning.
On the basis of new technologies, students will deal with the explorative development of information and data visualisations, both physical and virtual. An important key term in this context is spatial multimedia presentation.
Introduction to Programming 1
Usually, software development and the implementation of information systems require a profound knowledge of algorithms, data structures and programming languages. However, with basic knowlegde of computer programming it is already possible to understand the possibilities and limitations of software engineering. On this course, students will learn to use the programming language Python, implement their own small software projects and make small changes to other Python projects.
It is essential that interactive systems (e.g. websites, software, consumer electronics) do not only meet technical requirements but also consider user needs. In order to define these needs, users, their tasks, the context of use and cultural factors must be investigated. The course covers the basics of user-centred design (UCD) and usability engineering with a focus on usability evaluations.
Digital Disruption Potential
Technological progress and ubiquitous network connections combined with entrepreneurial ingenuity are turning industries upside down. This course takes an in-depth look at the root causes and effects of this tremendous shift and introduces key concepts and models that improve students' understanding of digital disruption. The course also offers students valuable practical insights in the form of company visits.
Until a few years ago, xR (augmented, mixed and virtual reality) was often called a hype. However, since the big players began investing huge sums in new technologies and releasing better applications and devices, no one doubts the enormous potential of xR anymore. On this course, students will learn about the various application fields of xR and the major challenges with regard to design, technology and storytelling.
Students also have the possibility of taking a language course (2 ECTS credits) and receiving training with regard to their scientific writing skills in English (2 ECTS credits).
Apart from a unique study programme in a professional, modern environment, a stay at the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons offers students the opportunity to live in a stunning region with over 1,000 mountains, 150 valleys and 615 lakes. Only a couple of minutes from the campus is Brambrüesch mountain, an ideal area for hiking, biking and skiing. There are regular buses and trains between Chur and the manifold mountain areas of the Grisons, which are loved by tourists from around the world. Chur has numerous museums, restaurants and cafés as well as plenty of bars to meet up with friends and enjoy the lively city's exciting nightlife. Furthermore, Switzerland’s location in the heart of Europe makes it an ideal base for city trips to Zurich, Munich, Milan or Paris.
The exchange programme will take place during the autumn semester of 2020 from 7 September 2020 to 22 January 2021. Exams are scheduled to be held between 25 January 2021 and 12 February 2021. Overall, a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 30 ECTS credits can be acquired, depending on the regulations of the sending institution. All the above-mentioned courses are subject to change depending on future developments and may overlap in some cases. If you have further questions about the exchange programme, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be very happy to help you.
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