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Apps, animations, interactive television and social media: they are all perfect examples of creative solutions that have been developed in recent years. You find them all over the world. New technological developments are emerging at breakneck speed and are being applied creatively to produce new ideas. But who thinks up these ideas? And how? Within Art & Technology, you learn all about the process of applying creativity. And who knows, you might be thinking up brand-new concepts yourself in a couple of years’ time.
The Art & Technology course forms part of the Creative Media and Game Technologies degree. On this course, you learn how to apply new techniques to create new forms of communication and subsequently develop new, interactive concepts. You take account of customer wishes, of course, while drawing on your own creativity as a specialism. Because as an Art & Technology student, you are – needless to say – extremely creative. In addition you are curious, inventive and open-minded.
School of Creative Technology
At Saxion, we consider it important that you can achieve your full potential during your time as a student. The School of Creative Technology, which runs the Art & Technology course, offers you plenty of opportunities for personal development. For example, you can opt for the short degree programme, or you can choose to follow the full bachelor’s programme. Saxion ensures that you can complete your degree in a way that suits you personally.
Within the School of Creative Technology, you can enjoy studying in an informal and fun atmosphere. Your class will include many other international students, from many different backgrounds and with different languages. This ensures that, during your studies, you not only learn a lot about art and technology but that you are also able to get to know other cultures. Plus you have the chance to improve your language skills, and plenty of opportunity to taste Dutch student life alongside your time spent studying. With their large student populations, the cities of Enschede and Deventer offer numerous options for sports and nightlife and to form new groups of friends.
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Short degree programme
Have you already completed a three- or four-year degree in your home country which is similar to Art & Technology? If so, you could be eligible for the short degree programme. You will find specific details of the entry requirements for this programme under requirements. Depending on your previous education, you can complete the short degree programme in either one or two years. At the end of the process, you receive a full bachelor’s certificate.
The short degree programme for Art & Technology is divided into two periods. In the first half year you study degree-related subjects, work on projects and draw up your graduation plan. This period looks like this:
You spend the second half year doing your thesis. The thesis phase comprises the following aspects:
Degrees in The Netherlands are based around the credit system (ECTS). What are credits? You are awarded a number of credits for each assignment, exam and traineeship that you complete. Each credit is equivalent to a study load of 28 hours. You are expected to obtain 60 credits during the short degree programme, which means that this academic year is equivalent to a study load of 1,680 hours. This should give you a reasonably clear idea of the amount of time involved in completing your degree successfully.
First of all you have to meet the general entry requirements. Besides that, the following applies to all students wanting to enrol in Art & Technology.
At the partner Universities of a SDP program for Saxion Art and Technology the contents of the total program (including the three years in the home country) must resemble as much as possible as the program of Art and Technology.
There is a margin in the graduation profiles to be chosen by the students. It is possible that the program of the first three years of the university is not as broad as Art and Technology and therefore might lead to not all graduation profiles of Art and Technology. The program of the first three years determine which graduation profiles are available for students of that University. An agreements must be made between the University and Saxion Art and Technology.
If you want to apply and you did not study at a partner University the education you did must resemble as much as possible as the program of Art & Technology.
If possible, you take part in the regular application process. If this is not possible, you need to submit a CV, testimonials, a letter of motivation and an interactive portfolio (website, weblog, Flickr album or something similar) to prove your previously acquired technical skills and the ability to design. By means of an assessment (by telephone or via Skype) it will be established if your communicative skills are sufficient for admission to the course.
At the end of the interview you will know if you are accepted or not and if you can do the SDP in one or two years. The result is final and binding.
At the beginning of the course you will have to do an assessment. The result of the assessment is a plan for the content of the SDP and a planning in time. There is a possibility that the outcome is a change in the amount of time is necessary to fulfil the requirements to graduate.
Download the factsheet with more information about the additional requirements.
Upon completing your studies, you will be employable in the world of art & technology both as a generalist and as a specialist. You will be able to look for a job in The Netherlands, or in your home country if you prefer. It is a degree which offers numerous international opportunities. You will be ready to fulfil a linchpin function in an industry where creativity, innovation and technology play a leading role. Possible positions could include, for example:
Other possibilities could be to set up your own company or go it alone as a freelancer.