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Goal and content minor
The minor Creative Cities caters to students interested in emerging artistic practices, subcultures and new media, and how these phenomena relate to creative developments in urban society. Investigating cities, urban citizenship and the multidimensional dynamics between them requires an interdisciplinary academic approach, while simultaneously offering endless possibilities for exploring connections between theory and practice. All courses of this minor programme open the door to the urban world beyond the university classroom and provide students with theoretical concepts, practical tools, and creative spaces to explore the constantly evolving dynamics of cities.
The Creative Cities minor is inspired by the growing realization that creative, economically viable and liveable cities of the future will only thrive if their citizens turn from passive consumers into active participants who take responsibility for each other and their surroundings. All kinds of cultural practices can influence this process of bottom-up city building. Thus, the different courses in this minor offer opportunities to critically study new digital media technologies and their creative applications, the changing role of young people in urban society, formal and informal cultural interventions in public space, and cutting edge participatory arts in lower income areas (community arts).
Preperation for a Master's programme
The minor Creative Cities, which combines humanities and social sciences, provides a useful basis for various Master's programmes at Utrecht University, including:
- Arts and Society
- Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy (pref. in combination with 2-3 courses on theatre/dance)
- Media, Art and Performance Studies
- New Media & Digital Culture
- Literature Today
It could also benefit those wishing to pursue Master's studies in the social sciences (e.g. the M.A. in Human Geography and the Cultural Anthropology M.A. ‘Sociocultural Transformation’), or various M.A. programmes in Creative Cities and Urban Culture in the Anglo-Saxon world.
The minor Creative Cities consists of four compulsory courses (30 EC).