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Learn to master your own creativity

Sem02 (2021-2022) Mastering Creativity

The course Mastering Creativity offers an interdisciplinary approach of creativity, which will help you understand it and be creative in your own life.

Why Creativity?
Our future is an open question. More and more people struggle to find an adequate orientation on our reality, exposed to powers as climate change, digitization and migration. The elusiveness of the future asks for tools that help us in our understanding of the world around us, that enables us to imagine possible consequences of current developments and qualifies us to shape society. Tools that teach us how to translate our visions, values, principles and ideals into action. Creativity is of high importance, if we want to be able to imagine these possible alternative worlds and to actually realize innovation in thinking, learning and living.

Next to this problem-solving way of thinking about creativity there is the value way of thinking. Creativity in art, play, personal life (think about finding your style, your way of living and interaction with others) is of great importance to a human being. In a way, we are all creative in everyday live, just by choosing what to wear or which beauty we take in by looking at films, listening to music or choosing the colours on our wall.

What are we going to do?
The course has three pillars:

  1.  Theoretical lectures that offer different perspectives of creativity,
  2.  Reflection sessions with a practical approach and
  3.  Direct observation of Creative Masters – leading creative figures within several professional fields.

The lectures will serve as input for a broad understanding of the concept of creativity, the reflection sessions will give the you the opportunity to question the discussed ideas and to connect them to your personal life. Besides this, you will learn how to apply and combine several theoretical concepts. In the meetings with your creative master you will discuss her or his work, observe and use the experiences as inspiration for your own creative process as practical counterpoint of the offered theories.

Course details

  • Practical information

    Academic year


    4, 5

    Tuesdays and Thursdays 

    Tuesdays: 18.00 - 21.00

    Thursdays: 10.00 - 13.00

    Tuesdays subjects
    Creativity and neuroscience, philosophy, entrepreneurship, literature, sociology, art, psychology and politics

    Thursdays subjects
    Creativity and art, psychology, architecture and entrepreneurship

    Number of meetings

    Dates all meetings

    • 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 February 2022
    • 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 March 2022
    • 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 April 2022
    • 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 May 2022

    Vrije Universiteit, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam


    • Tuesdays (8, 15, 22 February & 1, 8, 15, 22 March & 5, 12, 19, 26 April & 10, 17, 24 May): NU-3B19
    • Thursday 10 February: NU-3A57
    • Thursday 17 February: SYM-Shanghai (room 1.24)
    • Thursday 24 February: HG-6A00
    • Thursdays 3 & 10 March: HG-16A00 (Kerkzaal)
    • Thursday 17 March: NU-3B05
    • Friday 18 March: HG-15A37
    • Thursday 24 March: HG-16A00 (Kerkzaal)
    • Thursday 7 April: HG-02A33
    • Thursdays 14 April: WN-C121
    • Thursday 21 April: MF-A311
    • Thursday 28 April: WN-C121
    • Thursdays 12 & 19 May: WN-C121



    • Marijn Moerman (Philosopher and theatre maker)
    • Mattie van der Worm (Visual artist)
    • And many many more
  • Learning objectives

    After finishing the course

    1. You are capable of defining a theoretically substantiated vision on creativity.
    2. You are able to reflect on ethical, social, cultural, scientific and personal aspects of creativity and on your own (future) societal roles.
    3. You are conscious of your own creative potential.
    4. You are able to use your creative potential in concrete ways. You will find new ways to solve solutions and new ways of cooperating. You will create the perfect circumstances for your innovative and imaginative capabilities and discover how to translate them into solutions and decisiveness.
    5. You are able to take ownership over your education by drafting, follow and evaluate your personal goals.
    6. You are able to work together with and for others and give and receive constructive feedback.
  • Working formats & structure

    The final result of this course, a vision on creativity based on all discussed fields, will be ‘materialized’ and presented during an end event or product (f.i. a film, a website, an actual thing etc), that will be fully produced and created by the students of the course.

    At the beginning of the programme you choose your creative master within the tracks  of politics and activism, entrepreneurship or art. Together with other students from the group, you are supposed to research creativity within the specific field. This is called ‘the master track’ and will take place outside the two weekly contact moments of the programme. The first weekly lecture on Tuesday will cover the theory offered by several academical and practical experts, the second session on Thursday is for practical reflection. Within these sessions there will be exercises such as visualization, creating a Gesammtkunstwerk, find solutions with The Pressure Cooker and practising with different expressive media, such as writing, digital tools, performance, visual design.

    Who will guide this course?
    Thematical teachers, whom are expert within a certain theme and guarantee the quality of the substantive coherence of the components of the program:

    • Eugene Sutorius (Judge and lawyer)
    • Laura van Steenbergen (Scientist on the crossroad of biology, neuroscience and psychology)
    • Nirav Christophe (Professor Performative Processes at HKU)
    • Jeroen Lutters (Lector Art and Education, writer)
    • Bart van Rosmalen (Cellist and Lector Music Professionalization)
    • Rita Kucinskaite (Creative director of DEPT digital agency)
    • Eva Bartels (Multidisciplinary artist) 

    The creative masters of the course will be for politics and activism:

    • Hedy D'Ancona (Dutch and European politician)
    • Sylvia Borren (Former head of Greenpeace and Oxfam Novib)

    For art:

    • Erik Kessels (Advertisement maker and artist)

    For entrepeneurship:

    • Dionne Schulf (International marketeer)

    Workgroup teachers
    The workgroup teachers are responsible for the practical assignments, reflection on the thematical teachers and the guidance of expression.

    • Marijn Moerman (Philosopher and theatre maker)
    • Mattie van der Worm (Visual artist)
  • Assessment methods

    The final result of this course, a vision on creativity based on all discussed fields, will be ‘materialized’ and presented during an end event or product (f.i. a film, a website, an actual thing etc), that will be fully produced and created by the students of the course.