The operational activities at Arcada are organised into five educational departments.
Arcada offers vocationally oriented university education and engages in research and development to assure the availability of a Swedish-speaking workforce and contribute to a vital bilingualism. The educational activities are organised in five departments for awarding degrees. The degree programmes in the same sector co-operate in clusters.
The research and development activities are an integrated part of the education and are focused on strategically selected profile fields, where research and development take place in teaching teams lead by a principal lecturer. Research and development is run in networks of research institutes and other universities nationally and internationally.
The operational activities are organised into five educational departments. Each educational department is under the leadership of a Head of Department.
- Department of Business Management and Analytics
- Department of Energy and Materials Technology
- Department of Health and Welfare
- Department of Culture and Media
- Department of Healthcare
Department of Business Management and Analytics
Exciting opportunities, an international atmosphere and working life contacts are key attributes of the programmes at the Department of Business Management and Analytics. Here, more than 900 students are preparing for modern business life. The department offers three bachelor's programmes (Business Administration, Information Technology and International Business) and two master's programmes (Big Data Analytics and International Business Management). The aim of the department is to train internationally oriented, innovative people and give them advanced professional skills.
With a focus on curiosity, openness and team work, the department prepares tomorrow's experts for a rapidly changing labour market. In our programmes we also emphasise independent responsibility, sustainability and leadership. The programmes have a strong focus on corporate collaborations and real projects. In business, there is a focus on multicultural teams and a global labour market. The degree programme in information technology gives you the skills to become an expert in information analysis, by developing software and implementing machine learning methods for smart software services. The programmes have a digital vision for tomorrow’s working life.
At the department, researchers, teachers and students work side by side in various research, development and innovation projects. We also develop various solutions for the business community and collaborate with companies. One of the priority areas at Arcada and the Department Business Management and Analytics is business development and analytics with an emphasis on analysis of large amounts of data, machine learning, AI and robotics. We also prioritise interdisciplinary research and development projects where students and teaching staff from our department and the Department of Health and Welfare collaborate to develop digital tools for healthcare and physiotherapy. We also conduct research in digital marketing with a focus on tourism, e-commerce and customer relationship management.
Department of Energy and Materials Technology
Nearly 300 enthusiastic students study for a degree in Energy and Environmental Technology or Materials and Processing Technology at the Department of Energy and Materials Technology. In addition to tools for digital design and learning, several laboratory environments are utilised for practical exercises.
The programmes in technology are acknowledged by today's working life, and support the development of future carbon neutral societies. We develop competence in sustainable and digital applications that are in demand by the society and working life. Our department educates decision-makers for large and small projects that aim to start using new technologies for a sustainable future. Engineers need skills in utilising the modern tools for technical modelling and analysing the problems on a systemic level to understand the possibilities and the limitations of digitalisation of technology and working life. Evidence-based and sustainable decision making for new technologies require skills to utilise digital data and research based working mode.
Today and in the future engineers need to design utilising the principles of resource efficiency taking in consideration the new practices by circular economy and digitalisation. The department is networking, via the development projects, with national and international partners to answer in an agile manner for the competence needs in the future. Larger and smaller research projects at the department are created based on the technological and practical problems in connection with ecological sustainability in the society and industry. The engaged students and staff at the department work side by side in projects to find viable solutions around the great topics of sustainable materials technology, digital manufacturing and renewable energy.
Deptartment of Health and Welfare
The Department of Health and Welfare has about 650 students and 25 employees. With openness and innovation as keywords, the department trains tomorrow's experts for a constantly changing labour market. In our programmes, we lay emphasis on sustainability and ethical awareness, health promotion and leadership so that our graduates will develop the skills required in their industries and also be able to drive development within them further.
The department includes four bachelor's programs: Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Sports and Health Promotion and Social Services. We also have a master's programme: Social and health care services for the future welfare society. The master's programme is aimed at graduates in social and health care as well as sports. We care about meeting society's and working life's needs for education and are happy to collaborate on various development and education projects together with partners in working life.
Research, development and innovation activities linked to the department emphasise social sustainability and are related to local and global challenges in the social and health care of the future. A person- and family-centered perspective is integrated into the research we do. A user-oriented perspective is also emphasised. We also have a growing research activity on smart solutions and technology in health and social care as well as sports. In our research and development activities, we actively collaborate with regional actors. We also have strong Nordic networks.
Department of Culture and Media
The Department of Culture and Media inspires students to new levels of creativity and innovation in the cultural field. At Arcada, we see it as our mission to educate professionals for international careers in online media, film, TV and cultural production. We offer degrees in Swedish and English to more than 300 students in Media Culture (BA), Cultural Management (BA) and Media Management (MA).
Through collaboration with leading players in industry, we identify, explore, and analyse changing patterns and trends in order to enhance our learning experience and contribution to society. Our staff and students are therefore often involved in a wide range of pioneering projects that make a difference in the field through the advancement of knowledge and skills.
Department of Healthcare
The department of healthcare is characterised by quality and long experience. At the department, which has almost 700 students, we call for a constant update and acquisition of new knowledge and support the student to independence and responsibility. Our programmes prepare for work within interprofessional teams with readiness for the increased demands on competence in digital and technological skills. The department offers six programmes at bachelor level: one Nursing programme in Swedish, one bilingual programme (Swedish and Finnish) and one in English, Public Health Nursing, Midwifery and Emergency Care, and one programme at master's level: Leadership for Nordic Healthcare. At the Department of Healthcare, we know that empathy and curiosity are the key to educating a knowledgeable and competent workforce that can seriously make a difference in the reality of care.
We provide students with interdisciplinary knowledge that gives them basic skills to work in the various contexts of healthcare, both in the public and in the private sector. Our bachelor's programmes provide nursing qualifications in Finland in accordance with national legislation and EU directives. Simulation pedagogy is a central pedagogical concept in the bachelor programmes. Through simulation, we enable and strengthen students' learning in the art of caring in a safe environment. Our master's programme is an English-language online programme based on problem-based learning.
Caring science is a meta-concept that encompasses several different research themes at the Department of Healthcare. The studies at Arcada focus on sustainable work in healthcare and digital healthcare with a strong Nordic connection. We believe that our research can promote innovative and exciting care work for the future. Our development work contributes to a healthier and more sustainable life, a digital care that is ethically sensitive and healthcare where the staff feel job satisfaction, empathy and pride. Our students at both bachelor's and master's level are welcomed into our research in the same way that we welcome our surrounding society to participate in our efforts to maintain high-quality evidence-based care in Swedish in Finland.