Creative Expression

Always wanted to explore your creative talents? In this exchange programme we will dive right in, exploring a plethora of creative expressions by analysing, assessing, and creating. You can expect field trips, workshops, guest lecturers, documentaries and films, discussions, creative outlets, pitches and presentations.

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After this exchange programme, you'll be able to create more impactful designs for your concepts, pitches, presentations and other professional products. Next to creation, you will be stronger in your assessment and advice on creative work. On top of this, you’ll also have access to new forms of expression to explore your own creativity.

Useful to know

Start moment February, September
Number of ECTS 30 Dutch Education System
Programme level Minor
Programme code JM-CE-23
Language of instruction English
Year of study Year 3 or 4
Practical Matters Housing and Immigration
Location Utrecht Science Park

Course content

What do you need to enter this programme? And what can you expect when you apply? In this section you'll find all you need to know!

A picture says more than a thousand words. Today’s (creative) industries expect higher attention to visual presentation. Not everyone can produce, choose, or assess a good and impactful design. With this programme, you'll get closer to that.

We will connect professional practice through real briefs, invite guest lecturers, take field trips to creative and art-oriented places (such as museums, art-shows, shops, workshops). Attendance to this extracurricular activities is encouraged, but not mandatory.

Would you like to know more about this programme or do you have a specific question? Please contact the programme and academic coordinator David van der Merwe.

The programme takes place during one semester and contains the following courses:

Course unit title ECTS
Creative Culture
Picture Book
Idea Engine 5
What's it Worth?
A Night at the Movies
Parlez-vous Design?

Please note that the programme reflects a (logical) bundle of courses/subjects and should normally be followed as such. By choosing this package you will have to participate in ALL the courses included. It is not possible to combine (two or more) programmes in one single period.

In our course guide you can find all relevant information about the programme in one practical document. You can download it here for your convenience.

There are no specific entry requirements for this exchange programme. No artistic talent is required, but you should be excited to creatively explore analogue and digital forms of expression.

English CEFR level B2.

Please note: If your English language ability proves to be insufficient to participate actively in (parts of) the courses you have chosen, we cannot be bound to the Learning Agreement, neither can we guarantee to offer you the required amount of study load (EC’s). Teachers might request you to take a diagnostic test at the start of the course to check if your English language ability is sufficient to successfully participate in that specific course. In all cases it is up to the programme manager to decide if your English language ability is sufficient to be eligible for the programme/course.

Each block will have three courses: one theory, one creative practice skills and one applied visual design. The core competences assessed in this programme include:

  • Creative Thinking
  • Commercial Excellence
  • Human-centred Approach
  • Applied Research
  • Lifelong Learning

Practical information

When you move to a different country to study, there are lots of things to arrange. For instance, where will you live, how much are the costs? Visit our practical information page to help you prepare your stay. It is also important to start arranging a living space as soon as possible. Our housing pages will help you on your way. A student living in the Netherlands needs about € 800 - 1000 a month to cover living expenses, such as housing, food and transportation. This includes insurances – health insurance is mandatory.

Find out how to apply

Ready for an international adventure?

Why choose HU?

  • Inspiring international setting

    HU supports your ambitions. Our lecturers will tutor and assist you in making the most of this international programme. During your time in Utrecht, you will meet students from all over the world and make connections to last a lifetime.

  • Utrecht Science Park Campus

    Studying at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht means you get to enjoy all the benefits of our modern campus, Utrecht Science Park (USP). A miniature city with the universities' buildings, student housing, restaurants, cafés, a sports centre, and much more, it enjoys excellent transport links to Utrecht and beyond.

  • Vibrant university city Utrecht

    Beautiful Utrecht has lots of young people and excellent facilities for student life. It has a mediaeval city centre which is small enough to explore by foot or bicycle. Enjoy a drink next to the quaint canals or dine in one of the converted wharf cellars.

The so-called Harry Potter-stairs at Heidelberglaan 15

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