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Creative AI


Admission requirements

Not applicable.


From the beginning of the field of artificial intelligence (AI), the possibility of producing creative systems has been a "grand challenge". This course provides an introduction to the topic of creative AI and explores approaches to developing generative systems using modern techniques, e.g., evolutionary computing, deep learning, etc. The focus of the course is the application of these techniques to creative domains, e.g., visual art, music, etc. We will practice applying these techniques through practical assignments.

Course objectives

This course will provide an overview of the topic of creative AI. After the successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • explain how AI can be used to support human creativity;

  • compare different generative techniques for developing creative AI;

  • apply generative techniques to develop creative systems; and,

  • interpret findings from experiments with creative AI.


You will find the timetables for all courses and degree programmes of Leiden University in the tool MyTimetable (login). Any teaching activities that you have sucessfully registered for in MyStudymap will automatically be displayed in MyTimetable. Any timetables that you add manually, will be saved and automatically displayed the next time you sign in.

MyTimetable allows you to integrate your timetable with your calendar apps such as Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple Calendar and other calendar apps on your smartphone. Any timetable changes will be automatically synced with your calendar. If you wish, you can also receive an email notification of the change. You can turn notifications on in ‘Settings’ (after login).

For more information, watch the video or go the the 'help-page' in MyTimetable. Pleas note: Joint Degree students Leiden/Delft have to merge their two different timetables into one. This video explains how to do this.

Mode of instruction

Lecture, Seminar.

Assessment method

Assignments (60%)
Research Project (40%)

Assignments will accompany and expand on material covered in the lectures, completion of the assignments is required. The final grade will be calculated as a weighted average of the assignments and the research project. There is an opportunity to retake assignments, however, retakes can only achieve a maximum grade of 7.

Reading list

Study materials will be provided by the lecturer during the course.


From the academic year 2022-2023 on every student has to register for courses with the new enrollment tool MyStudymap. There are two registration periods per year: registration for the fall semester opens in July and registration for the spring semester opens in December. Please see this page for more information.

Please note that it is compulsory to register for every exam and retake. Not being registered for a course means that you are not allowed to participate in the final exam of the course.

Extensive FAQ on MyStudymap can be found here.


For general enquiries, please contact the Education Coordinator. For questions about the content of the course, please contact the lecturer, Rob Saunders directly.


Not applicable.