INTAC began in 2010 as a collaborative agreement between OCAD University in Canada, and TAMK University in Finland, and has since grown to include universities in South Korea and Germany.
Universities Participating in INTAC
BTK University of Applied Sciences and Design, Berlin, Germany
“Since 2013 BTK has participated in INTAC as a full member, cooperating with the other three schools, organizing exhibitions, collaborative research possibilities and guest lectures. The frame of INTAC is allowing BTK to open its curriculum to sharable, interdisciplinary art projects and in the last two semesters about 35 students from BTK have actively participated. Each school is working to create exhibition opportunities and my connections in Slovakia will take us next November to Bratislava.”
Walter Bergmoser, Professor of Photography, BTK University of Applied Sciences and Design, Berlin, Germany.
BTK University of Applied Sciences and Design (BTK) is located in Berlin. It challenges and trains the creative minds of the future in five Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs – Motion Design, Interaction Design, Communication Design, Illustration and Photography. Further opportunities exist in the Design/Media Spaces Master of Arts (M.A.) program.
At BTK, modern design is combined with the traditional aspects of applied art and the innovative possibilities of new media. BTK offers interdisciplinary study programs, which enable students to explore the interface of both analogue and digital means of visual expression, and in so doing, help them to influence and determine the future of design.
Chung-Ang University, Seoul, South Korea
“INTAC is a creative art activity of working on collaborative projects with students from universities around the world. It uses a team-based environment in which ideas and materials have been exchanged through Skype, blogs and social media. Using group meetings, video conferencing and the online learning management system, as well as more public and popular social networking tools, students communicate and develop projects under professors and instructors at each school. Students should be willing to take the lead in building new relationships, sharing ideas and communicating online. Through the art project ‘Fake’ students were highly motivated and able to work well with each other in an environment where online communication activity is at the core of the process.”
YongHwan Lee, Department of Photography, and Hyun-suh Kim, Instructor of Photography, Chung Ang University, Seoul, Korea.
Chung-Ang University (CAU) is a private institution with 30,000 students and 982 faculty members. It consists of 10 undergraduate colleges and 16 graduate schools over two campuses, in Seoul and Anseong, Korea. Established in 1918, CAU has endured through the painful course of Korea’s modern history, upholding its ideal of “Truth and Justice”. Since then, CAU has taken a leading role in nurturing intellectuals of the nation. Respected as leading institution providing quality education, CAU has sped up the pace of innovation in local education. Fully accredited by the Ministry of Education and Science Technology of Korea, CAU offers a wide range of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs including a law school, global MBA programs and a medical school. Thanks to these schools’ vibrant activities, CAU gained top recognition in the nation from the MEST for the last eight years. As a major private institution, Chung-Ang University is fully committed to guiding its Korean and international students to envision their life goals and achieve their maximum potential in the increasingly competitive global society.
TAMK University of Applied Sciences, Tampere, Finland
“Photography, Video, Performance and Media art in general are among interdisciplinary tools that students from TAMK are using in INTAC. The key aims are to develop an environmentally, socially and ethically sustainable learning platform and to motivate the growing number of participating students who have been intensively joining INTAC since 2010. INTAC is a new way of collaborative working – producing creative inventions, developing students’ project management skills and critical thinking in the international contemporary art scenes – denaturalizing a Nero myth, the romanticized idea of a lonely, Nero-like artist who does masterpieces alone in the studio.”Dr. Juha Suonpää, Head of Fine Art Program, and Sari Tervaniemi, Professor of Photography, TAMK University of Applied Sciences, Tampere, Finland.
Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) is located in the second largest city in Finland and is ranked as one of the most popular universities in Finland according to the number of yearly applicants. The Faculty of Art, Music and Media offers a variety of BA programs such as Music, Film and Television, Interactive Media and Fine Art. In 2014, the Fine Art Program is being merged into the international English-speaking Media and Arts program with a future, which is open for applicants from all over the world.
OCAD University, Toronto, Canada
“The International Art Collaboration Studio was initiated in the Photography program in 2010, but now includes students from many disciplines, this year – Photography, Sculpture/Installation, Integrated Media and Graphic Design. Cross-disciplinary practices are key to OCAD’s environment and INTAC embodies this philosophy, attracting students interested in international and collaborative experiences, in cultural exchange and online communication. This fits well with OCAD’s commitment to exploring digital culture and its relationship to contemporary art. Understanding that the local and global are inextricably linked in today’s world, INTAC hopes to create direct experiences for the participants and forge ongoing networks of creative individuals.”
Chair Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices, OCADU
OCAD University is located in Canada’s largest urban centre, offers a full complement of Art and Design, as well as focused Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies programs leading to BFA, BDES and BA degrees.