Challenging problems, practical solutions: during the Creative Technology programme you will learn to convert the needs of end user’s into working products. You will use your technological expertise to come up with smart, practical solutions designed to make life more comfortable, easier, better and sometimes even completely different. You will be taught in modern labs by top scientists eager to share the latest scientific developments with you.

From the very start, you will be putting what you learn into practice. You will work with others in multidisciplinary teams, research and analyse until you have found the core of the problem. Then you will move ahead to develop solutions that will make a real difference. In the past, CreaTe students have come up with designs for a walker frame for children, a sweatshirt that displays the mood you are in, and an Internet of Things Escape Room, among many other things. Just like them, you, too, will soon be creating tech solutions that are smartly thought-through, creatively designed and socially relevant.

First time at university

As a first-year student, you will face a lot of new experiences. We’d like to explain a few of them to you.

You complete modules

Your Bachelor’s programme takes three years. Every year you will follow four 10-week modules. This means that during the course of your studies you will complete 12 modules. In every module you will tackle a subject that is hot in society, business or industry. This theme will bring together all the different components parts of your study: theory and practice, research, designing solutions, self-study and teamwork. A fixed part of every module is the team project, in which you and your team mates apply the knowledge you have acquired to a current challenge and design a workable solution. This learning method is part of the Twente Education Model (TOM): an innovative approach to studying that you will only find at the University of Twente.

Study credits - how do they work?

At university you will come across something called study credits, also known as EC(s). The abbreviation EC is derived from the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), which was designed for the comparison of courses internationally. One credit equals 28 hours of work; you need to acquire 60 credits each year. You will receive credits for every assignment you pass. Your programme assigns fixed numbers of hours to each assignment, project report or exam. In the first year you need to get at least 45 out of 60 points to be able to continue to the second year.

Did you get 45 EC or more? Then you can enter the second year

Our goal is to get you to the right place as quickly as possible, which is why we apply the principle of a Binding Study Advice (BSA). All first-year students receive their BSA at the end of the year. You will receive positive advice if you have achieved 45 or more of the 60 EC in the first year. Negative advice is binding and means that you have to quit the course. Under certain circumstances, despite a too low score, we can still give you a positive BSA, for example if we have sufficient confidence that you are in the right place. Do personal circumstances such as illness or problems interfere with your study performance? Student Affairs Coaching & Counselling (SACC) will help you further.

your own mentor

For the first two years of the programme you are assigned your own personal mentor. He or she will help you to develop as a creative engineer and will be the first person to go to with questions and challenges related to the programme. Your mentor will also regularly look at the digital portfolio containing the work you have created, often together with fellow-students. Your mentor is also the person to talk to about aspects of Creative Technology you would like to focus on or explore in greater depth.

study advisor

As a student you can also always contact a Study Advisor. Study Advisors know all about your study programme and can guide you through your academic career. You can also contact your Study Advisor for advice and guidance on how to tackle your studies, study planning, the choice of subjects and your study progress. Private matters affecting your studies, such as motivation, doubts and falling behind due to personal circumstances, can also be shared with as Study Advisor. For example, in some situations, you might want to discuss with your Study Advisor whether you need extra help from a UT psychologist or a student counsellor from Student Affairs Coaching & Counselling (SACC).

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