Rune Skjoldborg Madsen – University of Copenhagen

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From KU to New York

Rune Skjoldborg Madsen, BA in Film and Media, Masters student in Interactive Telecommunications and intern at New York Times. 

Rune has a BA in Film- and Media from The University of Copenhagen and is now doing his Masters in Interactive Telecommunications at The Tisch School of the Arts in New York City. Additionally, he has an internship at New York Times.

Where art and technology meets

At Tisch School of the Arts where Rune studies they are one step ahead. It is a 2-year architectural degree that gathers architects, layers, musicians, graphical designers and programmers from all over the world. Here you learn to use technology in creative and interactive ways.

" The line between studying and working isn’t as sharp, which means that there are a lot of companies that are willing to hire you when you have finished your education

Rune Skjoldborg Madsen

Rune took his bachelors degree at The University of Copenhagen. Meanwhile, he worked for different companies with programming and graphical design and taught companies how to use programming in a creative way. But that was also when he learned that a career as graphical designer for a company maybe wasn’t the path he wanted to follow. Therefore, he looked into other options when he discovered the education in New York.

Basics from the University of Copenhagen

Even though Film- and Media is one of the more practical educations at The University of Copenhagen, Rune appreciates the theoretical tools he has been given. He believes that this is one of the main differences between studying in Denmark and in New York.

“And I am really happy that I have that from KU. That I have my theoretical background, and that I can learn to do the practicals here.”

One of the strengths that the American education carries is the close connection to the industry. This is also something that works very well together with a Danish BA.

“Something that I often think about is that this education is so connected with the industry. There are so many contacts, and we have made a line of projects together with different companies. The line between studying and working isn’t as sharp, which means that there are a lot of companies that are willing to hire you when you have finished your education.”

Home is where the heart is

Rune would like to stay in New York for a while. He has just applied for a position as teaching assistent at the university where he studies. But Copenhagen has a special place in his heart.

“When I’m in Copenhagen, I feel very much at home. I love being there, but at the same time I feel as if I’m missing out. Perhaps because my field was created here, so there are more people to stay connected with and learn from than there is in Denmark.”

The knowledge and the rapid pace are some of the things that makes it exiting to be in the melting pot. The traditions within graphical design and programming were created here, and the possibilities of developing and creating networks are great in New York. The tendencies are only slowly making there way to Europe, and here it’s mostly interactive projects and city-art that creates an interest. On the other hand, the Europeans and especially the Scandinavians are known for their quality and aesthetics within design, which the Americans very much appreciate.

"Coming here has made me realise the qualities we have in Denmark. You don’t always see this when you are at a university with other Danes. But that is something I’ve truly discovered during my time here.”

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Coming here has made me realise the qualities we have in Denmark. You don’t always see this when you are at a University with other Danes. But that is something I’ve truly discovered in my time here.”

Rune Skjoldborg Madsen 

Cease the opportunity

If Rune should give one good advice it is to be ahead of time. He started applying for scholarships while writing his bachelor project, and that takes some energy.

"You need references from your professors, scholarships and a motivated application. Therefore, I started all of this while working on my bachelor project.”

Taking a degree at a self-arranged residence in The States is not for free even though you are allowed to bring your state education grant. But Rune doesn’t think this should scare other students away. With some hard work and a good application you can get most of your expenses covered.

“I believe the scholarships are vital. Because of these, I will finish my education with no debt unlike my fellow students.”

And one of the things Rune appreciates the most about all his hard work are the people he has met during his stay.

“This is one of the greatest things I have achieved being here. Now I have friends all over The States and the world who I can always visit and keep in contact with for the rest of my life.”