Mastering Creativity

Academic year2020-2021
Semester    2
Period4 and 5
DaysTuesdays 18.00-21.00
Thursdays 10.00-13.00
Tuesdays subjectsCreativity and neuroscience, philosophy, entrepreneurship, literature, sociology, art, psychology and politics
Thursdays subjectsCreativity and art, psychology, architecture and entrepreneurship
Dates 2021

2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 February
2 ,4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 30 March
1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 29 April
11, 18, 20 May
1, 3 June

Locationwill be announced later
  • Marijn Moerman
  • Wytze Patijn
  • Hedy D'Ancona
  • Ivo van Hove
  • Jan Jongert

Course Description

Our future is an open question. While more and more people struggle with adequate orientation on reality, seemingly abstract forces such as climate change, digitalisation and human flow challenge us to innovate: to develop new ways of thinking, learning and living. In order to imagine these new ways and to discover possible "other worlds", creativity plays an indispensable role. As de Bildung Academie (DBA), it is our opinion that an interdisciplinary approach on this human trait is essential as it will help you: 

  • Understand and use your own creativity 
  • Apply this to develop both personally and professionally 
  • Become a more versatile and adaptable individual 
  • To enjoy and create something beautiful, something amazing or disturbing, or just something new, stimulating the forming of your ideas 

De Bildung Academie (DBA) is an academical platform that builds education programmes with a focus on social and personal development. DBA and The School of Business and Economics (SBE) collaborated to form this course. Besides learning about the theoretical view on creativity, DBA and SBE think that practicing creativity in the fields of form (f.i. film, writing, performing) and in the field of ideas (f.i. a business plan or a solution to a specific social problem) increases your flexibility in doing, thinking and communicating.

This course is designed to "master your own creativity". It is set up threefold: 

  • theoretical lectures discussing different perspectives on creativity 
  • practical reflection sessions 
  • close observation of creative masters, leading figures of practicing creativity in their work in the field of art, politics, entrepreneurship and science. 

The lectures on Tuesdays serve to help you develop a broad understanding of the concept of creativity. On Thursdays, practical reflection sessions will let you and your fellow students connect and relate these perspectives to your own life, and try out different creative forms. In this way you learn how to apply, choose from, and combine different perspectives. By meeting with, talking to and observing the creative masters, their work and lives may be of use to you as inspiration and comparison for your own creative process.
Ultimately, to complete the course you and your fellow students will materialize your findings into an end product. The final result of this will be presented during a Studium Generale about creativity in the International Theatre of Amsterdam. 

At the start of the course, you will pick one of three creative master-tracks in either: 

  • Politics - Hedy D’Ancona
  • Entrepreneurship & Science - Jan Jongert 
  • Arts - ITA/Ivo van Hove

Together with your group and your master, you will research creativity in your field of choice. This is called the master-track and takes place outside the classes.

Weekly build-up
Every Tuesday evening you will follow a lecture, either by an academic or a practical expert. 

  • Every Thursday morning will be a session to reflect on the discussed theories and the master-tracks and put your findings into a practical and personal context. 
  • Thursday morning also is the time where we do practical creative exercises. 

Learning objectives

  • Academic: what ideas and practices circulate in the realm of creativity? 
  • Practical: what do you need in order to be creative in society? 
  • Personal and social: How do practices and ideas on creativity affect you and your vision? 

Answering these questions can help you develop a well-founded vision on the concept creativity, both theoretical and practical, and let you explore your own creative potential. As well as showing you concrete ways to apply this into your life and work.
What helps to receive this goal is the wide range of ideas and experiences as explained above. The course incorporates a method called vicarious learning. In this method indirect sources such as observing, doing and the life outside of school are used as legitimate ways of learning besides the more theoretical foundation. 

In order to achieve this goal, we will work towards three major assignments wherein you can express your vision and exploration.

  1. personal work about your own vision of creativity in general, and how it affects your life: This can be a manifest, a film, a business plan, or some form of expression wherein you can bring about your personal view or action plan about creativity your life or work.
  2. organize a flipped classroom about your master-track: In the master-track group you will teach the other students what you found in your creative field, invite interesting speakers, show relevant work and, if needed, give an exercise that shows how a creative act works in your researched practice.
  3. design and organize a Studium Generale about creativity in the International Theatre of Amsterdam: This Studium Generale should reflect an overall vision about creativity, general as well as personal, theoretical as well as practical, discussing or showing the relevance for the individual as well as for society.
    Apart from these three assignments there will be several smaller homework assignments,  involving reading, watching video material and different forms of creative output (writing, designing, performing). 

Method of assessment 
As our aim is for our students to form their own vision on creativity, it is not fit to grade this subject in a classical way. You will pass this course if you have complied with the requirements. The requirements are 85% attendance and the fulfillment of all weekly assignments stated in the curriculum and the personal work as stated above. 

For the flipped classroom and the Studium Generale we will judge students based on PGO (probleemgestuurd onderwijs, English: problem based education). We do not work from a problem, but utilize this testing method. What is leading in this method is to let students formulate their own learning objectives, and give feedback on those during the assignments. Students and their peers will give themselves and each other the final appraisal. In order to let this appraisal be grounded, we let the student keep a log about their progress and that of others.