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Playful & Creative Science


Admission Requirements

Bachelor degree (completed)


The course "Playful & Creative Science" follows on the course "Research Fundamentals". That course is about more commonplace science practices, whereas Playful & Creative Science discusses unconventional, playful ways of doing science. The course is organized along three main steps in the scientific cycle: (i) ask questions; (ii) execute research; and (iii) formulate answers.

Course Objectives

The objective of the course is to show how scientists have been playful and creative in those three mentioned steps.
1) To make clear that scientists are less restricted to all kinds of rules, than often taught.
2) To give confidence to students to find own ways within science.
3) To help students being playful along the above mentioned three steps in the scientific cycle.
4) To show that scientists (sometimes do) produce other outputs than just scientific articles, and to provide numerous inspiring examples of such "other" output.

Time Table

The dates are included in the Media Technology calendar

Mode of Instruction

Lectures, self study and excursion

Assessment Method

There will be six lectures, plus a final presentation session. In each lecture we will show, discuss and analyze numerous examples. We also want the lectures to be playful! It is intended to include one guest lesson (by some inspiring, playful or "peculiar" scientist) and/or an excursion to an example of unconventional scientific output. Finally you end this course by executing a small research project.



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  • You have to sign up for courses and exams (including retakes) in uSis.

  • Please also register for the course in [Blackboard].

  • Due to limited capacity, non-Media Technology students (external and exchange) can only register after consultation with and approval of the programme coordinator/study advisor (


Barbara Visscher-van Grinsven, programme coordinator/study advisor for the Media Technology MSc programme (


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