Our education specializes in creative exploration and a broad understanding of scientific research and technology. It prepares students for a career involving creative and critical thinking, and in particular for a future in scientific research.
We aim to fulfil the need for flexible, technically autonomous, critical individuals in research. We offer a full-time Master's programme that takes two years. This is an intense research-oriented study programme and students must be available to study full-time.
All our students go on a study trip to the Ars Electronica Festival in Austria, the world’s leading forum on electronic art, technology and society. Works from hundreds of artists and scientists are presented in exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, lectures, symposia, concerts, films, and more.
The study trip is co-organized with the ArtScience program.
We educate researchers. To understand what it means to be a researcher and what it could mean, we have several academic formation courses: Research Fundamentals, Playful & Creative Science, and Sciences and Humanities.
To understanding the (im-)possibilities of technology, one must understand its human context. For this students learn from courses about Human Computer Interaction, Non-human Cognition, Sound, Space & Interaction, and Artificial Creatures.
In the course Exhibition: Science 2 Experience, students learn to communicate scientific insights by means of a designed experience instead of the written paper. They create audience experiences, such as installations and performances, that are hosted in a public exhibition. A great skill for future researchers.
Digital technology is not just a problem solver, but a medium in its own right. Proper technology exploration requires understanding of what a medium was, is, and can be.
To enable students in this, they are exposed to courses as Creative Programming and Hardware & Physical Computing, but also Essentials in Art and Music and Meta Media.
Our educational vision
Our education matches our research vision. Fundamental, knowledge-generating research is at our core, also in our teaching. We are a research-methodological programme, not about a particular research topic.
Projects encourage students to create “products”. These can be physical things, but also stories, film, software, performance, visualizations, etc. The process of researching while creating the product is as important as the product itself.
Students are encouraged to draw knowledge available throughout Leiden University and other institutes. Both “accent courses” and “elective courses” leave room for individual shaping of personal interest.
Our staff and students together form a research community, in which ideas are openly shared and discussed. Students are encouraged to publish their course products at relevant conferences, journals and festivals.
The programme is completely taught in the English language, enabling participation of students and lecturers from diverse nationalities and backgrounds. We are open to students from different topical backgrounds, including humanities, sciences, arts, engineering and social sciences.