Creative Technologies and Entrepreneurship

Minor of the professional bachelor Multimedia & Communication technology

  • Does your heart starts beating faster upon hearing the words entrepreneurship, ground-breaking multimedia and imagery? Expect the unexpected!
  • Open to students in Multimedia, Industrial Sciences & Technology and Business Administration and Commercial Sciences or in a related field
  • Get inspired by our mix of creativity, technology and entrepreneurship and let curiosity take over
  • Get triggered to start your own project!
  • Study in an international classroom: A perfect introduction to an international career.  
  • You will be guided through this programme by highly skilled professionals and dedicated teachers
  • Language? English spoken
  • And….. free classes Dutch language!
  • When? Autumn semester only

What to expect?

This programme is presented to you by the faculty of Science & Technology and is open for all students in the field of Multimedia, Industrial Sciences & Technology and Business Administration and Commercial Sciences or in a related field.

Creative Technologies & Entrepreneurship offers a fine selection of courses of the professional bachelor Multimedia & Communication technology, a degree programme entirely in English. Therefore, classes will be attended by both international degree students and exchange students, thus creating a real international experience.

We offer a crossover of three domains: Entrepreneurial attitude, Technical digital skills and Creative thinking.

Depending on your background, you pick the modules of your choice:

  • Creativity: animation, graphic design, storytelling
  • Technology: online marketing, principles of game design, prototyping
  • Entrepreneurship: Lean Start Up, Entrepreneurial skills, trend watching

As the world is rapidly changing, companies are eagerly searching for skilled people, young urban potentials, ready to take on the world. This course will give you the chance to refine your creative, technological and entrepreneur skills.

Course Overview

Entrepreneurship
15 ECTS
Technology & Entrepreneurship Start up your start-up
(
10 credits - mandatory
)
  • This project will start with a creative Bootcamp, to open up your mind, start the innovative thinking process and get to know your team members.
  • You will be guided through the essentials of Project Management, in order to work on the concept of your innovative idea.
  • Once you have a clear focus, you will start campaigning your idea. In a final run to the presentation of your Project, we will focus on the branding & presentation of your project.
  • We expect you to have a clear defined project (a product, application, service,…) at the end of this semester, you will have to proof this during a presentation for an actual jury.
  • During the project, you will be tested on the following competences:
    • Project management, entrepreneurship and creativity 
    • Intercultural communication 
Trendwatching
(
5 credits
)

iPhone or Fairphone? Local produce or eco-friendly Brazilian coffee? Tiny house or digital nomad? Which trends will be popular next year? Why do we choose one trend over another? Who decides what we like? Over the past decades, trend forecasting has become an increasingly important creative industry, reflecting on the most prevalent cultural moods of the present and predicting the sensitivities of the future.

  • At the end of the course, you’ll have developed the critical skills to analyze and interpret trends – and the practice of researching future trends.
  • You’ll be able to write a paper in which you reflect on or present a particular trend.
  • You will sell your trend insight as a true storyteller.
Technology
15 ECTS
Principles of game design
(
5 credits - elective
)

Prior knowledge required in programming

In this course you will study the basic concepts of game design and how they are documented. You will also apply this concretely in a game sample, so bring along your coding skills!

Online Marketing Essentials
(
5 credits - elective
)

After taking this course, you will know the basics of social media marketing and can apply them in practice. You can work with Google Analytics to draw conclusions in order to optimize online marketing. You’ll know the functioning of online acquisition (SEO, SEA, email marketing, display, ...) and can formulate an SEO advice.

Kickstarter Media Lab
(
5 credits - elective
)

You’ve seen so many ways to express your ideas in a digital way, but always were afraid to start using it, because it feels like rocket science? Not anymore! We will provide you with a lot of surprisingly easy tools to get you going.

There is a lot to discover:

  • start building your own small digital portfolio,
  • make a stop motion to present a product,
  • prepare your laptop and webcam to have a professional looking streaming environment.
  • Make al small 3D printed prototype,
  • Record your own vlog

The student will build enough confidence to start experimenting on his own. Doing something wrong is no failure, doing nothing is.

Creativity
15 ECTS
Digital Storytelling
(
5 credits - elective
)

A combination of storytelling and good design should work in partnership to turn what can be a ‘dry’ publication into a truly effective communication piece. In addition to good storytelling, good design can help your story deliver an emotional punch, and make it clear what’s distinctive about your organisation’s work. This course will help you become an expert in both aspects.

Motion Graphics
(
5 credits - elective
)

Prior knowledge is required in graphic design

In a series of tutorials with accompanying lectures you will work with a combination of:

  • Illustrator (prepare graphics and illustrations and draw them yourself)
  • After Effects (moving parts and animating them separately)
  • Premiere (add parts to rotated images)

A basic knowledge of the programs is mandatory

Innovation Bootcamp (subject to changes)
(
5 credits - elective
)

The Innovation Boot Camp is an intensive week organized by the Hochschule der Medien (HdM) in Stuttgart, Germany, in collaboration with the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA) in The Netherlands, and Karel de Grote University College (KdG), Belgium.

The Innovation Boot Camp is a compact intensive Bootcamp and combines Trendwatching and Innovation in the framework of Entrepreneurship. Participants will have the unique opportunity to experience business-related models and search for emerging trends in technology, innovation and sustainability.

The preliminary schedule foresees creative workshops on Design Thinking, Rapid Prototyping and MVP as well as social activities in both cities. Participants can earn 5 credits in this Short Term Program.

The Bootcamp will take place at the Karel De Grote University College in Antwerp, Belgium followed by a two day programme at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Participants are responsible for their travel, accommodation, meals and social program during the two day programme in Amsterdam.

If the covid -19 prevents us from organizing the bootcamp on campus, we will offer the entire programme online. The programme will be turned into a six week e-course with evening turoing and coaching session.

The number of participants is limited. 

Language course
Dutch Foreign Language level 1A

KdG offers free Dutch language courses for all exchange students:

  • Evening classes 
  • Courses take place at the Faculty of Management & IT at Campus Groenplaats, in the center of Antwerp
  • You can choose whether you would like to do the course for credits (thus part if your learning agreement) or without credits.

Instructions for selection of the courses

  • You have to take a minimum of 20 ECTS and a maximum of 35 ECTS.
  • The project ‘Technology & Entrepreneurship: Start up your start-up’ is the core element to the programme and is therefore mandatory! (10 ECTS)
  • You can choose freely between the other components of the programme in order to have a full programme.
  • Note that for the course ‘Principles of Game Design prior knowledge in programming  is required and for the course ‘Motion Graphics’ we expect prior knowledge in graphic design.
  • The number of participants for the intensive Innovation Bootcamp is limited and covers a two day programme in Amsterdam. The costs (accommodation, travel costs) will be at students own expenses.

Focus?

What to do after you are graduated? Better be prepared!

That is why we focus on employability. What do employers expect? What competences does a young graduate need to start a job as a multimedia/marketing or audio-visual professional?

  • Be social, for one, and start networking. How? We’ll provide you with all the necessary tools.
  • Be a problem solver! How? We’ll present test-cases.
  • Become a team player! How? You will study amidst young ambitious people from all over the world. Dialogue is key to successful multicultural business relations.

Are you up for it?

You’d better be! At the end of this course, you will shine with pride, not only because you will have refined your multidisciplinary competences (programming, write a business plan …), but you will also be triggered to start your own company. Anywhere in the world: this course is the perfect introduction to an international career.  

You will be guided through this programme by highly skilled professionals and dedicated teachers.

RideThatBike: an application that records the number of kilometres you ride on your bike and rewards you for them. 

Bosbus: an experience on wheels for meetings and brainstorm sessions.

YouCan: a refund system empty cans and bottles.

When?

Autumn Semester 2021

  • Welcoming Days: 15 - 17 September
  • CTE Information session September 17th (morning, campus Hoboken)
  • Start CTE modules term 1: 20 September
  • Changes LA (meetings): 7 October
  • Deadline changes: 8 October
  • Half term holidays (1 week): 30 October - 7 November
  • Examinations: 8-12 November
  • Start CTE modules term 2: 15 November
  • Seasonal holidays (2 weeks): 25 December – 9 January
  • Examinations: 10-28 January
  • End of semester: 28 January
  • Farewell event: To be decided

Where

  • You will study at our Campus Hoboken, the faculty of Science & Technology at the south of Antwerp.
  • You will have classes at the Campus Hoboken, the fablab at Campus Hoboken, our studios at campus Sint Jozef and Campus Zuid.
  • The campus enjoys excellent bus and tram links, and the Antwerp South train station is just a short ride away.
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Study in Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp, in the heart of Europe

  • Vibrant city of learning with more than 44,000 students
  • Home to the second-largest port in Europe
  • Diamond capital of the world

  • Thriving fashion industry 

  • Cultural heritage of world renown 

  • Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris and London all within easy reach
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Atypical Antwerp, the movie

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Welcome in Antwerp!

Antwerp, city for students

Antwerp has over 44,000 students. On a total of 511,000 inhabitants, that's a lot! 

GATE15 works hard for a student-friendly city: sufficient and high-quality housing, a clean and safe student district, cheap rental bikes, cultural offers with great discounts,  affordable and safe party areas, clear policies with respect to mounting posters and ragging, and much more.

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Antwerp, city for students. An Introduction

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This is Antwerp

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What do other students say about Antwerp?

Academic guide

Download here the academic guide for 20/21 for more information on the current programme. Soon the updated academic guide for the year 21/22 will be available.

How to apply?

Ask your home institution to communicate your nomination to our international coordinators (per study field). When you are accepted, you will receive an e-mail confirming your nomination and a link to our online registration and course selection. When your courses have been approved by KdG, you will receive the link to Mobility Online where you can complete the rest of your application.

Deadlines  

  • Nomination deadline: 15 May
  • Application deadline: 30 June

Who can apply?

Everyone who has a background related to the field of Multimedia, Business Administration and Commercial Sciences or Industrial Sciences and Technology, is welcome. Photography or graphic design (just to name two), … this way please.

All modules are open to Belgian students as electives.

English language requirements

As the entire programme is taught in English, you should master the English language sufficiently to participate actively in the courses. Level B2 is strongly recommended.

If you are not proficient enough in English to participate actively in the courses, there is always the risk of failing assignments or examinations. This is entirely the responsibility of the sending institution.

Students can take English (or other) language lessons on their own expense in the language center of the University of Antwerp (Linguapolis). Applications and fees are to be arranged directly with Linguapolis.

How to register?

In the workflow of Mobility Online, you’ll need to complete different steps, starting with your registration. After you’ve registered you will have to complete the application details and add several documents. Once your application is approved, you are invited to compose and sign the Learning Agreement.

Each step will be checked and - if everything goes right - approved by the coordinator at KdG. The application is complete when you enter the step: [AI] Exchange confirmed by KdG.

All these steps have to be completed well before arrival.

Read the Mobility Online manual.

 

Got a question? Ask an exchange student!

You will receive a fair answer, given by an experienced student. 

It’s very easy, via Facebook.

Why KdG?

  • Antwerp, Belgium – everything close by

  • International classroom – mix of local and international students

  • Real life – all hands on deck during project work

  • Strong network – partnerships with benefits for everyone

  • Happy students – numbers don’t lie. Join the community!

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