Amsterdam Creative City: Media, Art and Urban Culture

Exploring Amsterdam with a critical eye

This intensive summer course uses Amsterdam as a living laboratory to explore the relationship between creativity, cities and globalization. It combines theoretical readings and discussion-based seminars with extensive fieldwork in key locations across the city, ranging from the canal and museum districts in the historic city centre to more experimental or marginal sites like art incubators, squats and urban planning projects in the outskirts. The course looks at the ways in which global practices in art, media, and urban redevelopment are taking shape in a European city that has long functioned as a centre of cultural exchange. In particular, it uses Amsterdam as a stimulating case study to critically examine the notion of the ‘creative city'.


20 June - 1 July 2016 (non-credit students)
20 June - 15 July 2016 (6 ECTS)

Application deadline 26 May 2016
Academic directors Dr Jaap Kooijman, Dr Toni Pape
Target group BA students from any humanities or social science background interested in studying art, cities, and globalisation
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The EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam-Noord. Photo by: Maartje Strijbis

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