Study Programme

Third year programme 2015-2016


Semester 1: Module 9 and Module 10
30 EC; Minor

Semester 2: Module 11 and Module 12
30 EC; Graduation Semester

Semester 1: Minor space

The minor space was formerly known as the personal profile space (“profileringsruimte”) for the preTOM students (generations 2012 and older). The fifth semester of your Bachelor’s studies is devoted to the minor space.

These are topics of your own choice. The total study load must be 30EC, which in the modular educational (TOM) system is divided in two modules (module 9 and 10, respectively) of each 15 ECs.

The courses you choose should strengthen your profile as a future creative technologist. This profile, and the choices you make to strengthen it, are subject of discussion with your tutor. The tutor must sign the approval form.

  • The Minor space approval form for TOM students (generation 2013 and younger) can be found here.
  • The personal profiles space (profileringsruimte) approval form for preTOM students (generation 2012 and older) can be found here.

More information about the minor space and the possibilities for its content can be found at the 3rd year, semester 1 information can be found here.

Note that a student must have obtained 90ECs (i.e. 6 modules) of his 1st and 2nd year CreaTe program to be allowed to start with the courses in the minor space, as can be found in the Teaching and Examination Regulation 2015 – 2016.

Semester 2: graduation semester

The graduation semester in the modular education system (TOM) for generations 2013 and younger has 4 topics and is composed as displayed in the following table:

Semester 2 (Module 11 & Module 12)
Real World Challenge (5EC)
Reflection (5EC)
Academic Writing (3EC)
Graduation Project (17EC)

The four topics of the graduation semester

  • [5 EC] Real World Challenges deal with success factors for the introduction of technology.
    • They study these success factors from within a specific application domain (in module 7 success factors for instance were mainly addressed from a business perspective).
    • They provide tools to reason about these success factors from the user’s (human) viewpoint, not from the technology’s viewpoint. They build on insights of behavioural and management sciences.
  • [5 EC] The reflection component is interwoven with the graduation project and will add more “depth” to the graduation project by means of contemplation
  • [3 EC] The academic writing component is also interwoven with the graduation project. It focuses on the development of both (academic style) English and scientific writing and will use your graduation project’s thesis as a case.
  • [17 EC] The graduation project is an individually executed design project with a context and goals, preferably set by an external party (e.g. company, non-profit organisation, educational organisation, research organisation etcetera). From within the CreaTe program a supervisor will be appointed who serves both as a guide and examiner for the graduation project.

Important notes and more information:

  • The graduation semester will be offered twice a year, i.e. it can be started in September and February of an academic year.
  • Students from the TOM generations (generation 2013 and younger) can start with Module 11 if they have completed 120ECs from their 1st and 2nd year CreaTe program (i.e. they completed modules 1 – 8). See also Teaching and Examination Regulations 2015 – 2016, article 1.12.6 on page 20. To be allowed to start with Module 12, students must have passed module 11. Module 11 and 12 must be done in the same semester.
  • There are 5 options for the real world challenge, from which a student can choose. These are: Cyber-Crime Science, Communication Technology for global Work, Design of Persuasive Health Technology, Real World Perspective, Remote Care Nearby. Note that procedure and timeline for the selection and enrolment for your choice of real world challenges is very strict. More information on this procedure and timeline can be found here.
  • More in depth information on the graduation semester and its components can be found here.
  • Information about the graduation work is superficially mentioned in the previously mentioned weblink, but is extensively described on the following page. Here in, you can find all important information about the preparation you can and have to do in order to start smoothly with the graduation project of your choice. Please make sure you will arrange a timely intake interview with the graduation project supervisor (Richard Bults, Zilverling 1028,
  • preTOM students (generation 2012 and older) are referred to the following page for information about the architecture of their graduation semester comprising both the graduation project and the elective courses.