IGNITE | Design Thinking & Making in the Arts and Sciences✎
IGNITE is an EU-funded initiative that unites academic institutions and creative industry partners from three countries to create an open-source, online course to be delivered via the #dariahTeach platform.
From April 2018 to July 2020, the IGNITE project will develop a 20 ECTS course entitled ‘Design Thinking & Making in the Arts and Sciences’, divided into 5 units which can be taken together or independently. It will be taught within Masters programmes at Aarhus (Denmark) and Maastricht (The Netherlands) Universities. Beginning in spring 2019, the consortium will be inviting people to take the units online and in F2F focus groups. In spring 2020 the project will host a final dissemination event and masterclass in Vienna.
IGNITE draws together several disparate shifts in recent education policy and research: online education, digitally-enhanced learning methods, innovation, entrepreneurship, and the turn in humanities education from theory to method.
These shifts form the design axis in IGNITE, going beyond the provision of traditional academic competences by bridging knowledge, theories, and skills through a range of creative, problem solving techniques. A key impact of IGNITE is to meld design thinking methods through the ethos of Maker Culture. It does this through real-world case studies and scenarios from the cultural and creative sectors by integrating software, tools, and methods with analysis from the arts and humanities.
The IGNITE module is made up of the following units.
- Unit 1: Introduction to Design Thinking and Maker Culture / Expected release date: winter 2019
- Unit 2: From Inspiration to Realisation: How to practice Design Thinking and Making / Expected release date: winter 2019
- Unit 3: Remaking Material Culture in Three-Dimensions: From Capturing to Printing / Expected release date: spring 2020
- Unit 4: 3D Computer Graphics for the Arts: Building Virtual Reality Experiences / Expected release date: spring 2020
- Unit 5: Storytelling for Digital Narratives and Blended Spaces / Expected release date: spring 2020
- Unit 6: Game.Play.Design in the Arts and Humanities / Expected release date: spring 2020
IGNITE brings together researchers and design professionals from four institutions in three countries with expertise in design theory and practice, online education, digital humanities and cultural heritage.
- Centre for Digital Humanities (Maynooth University, Coordinator)
- Center for Teaching Development and Digital Media (Aarhus University)
- School for Communication and Culture (Aarhus University)
- Austrian Academy of Science (OeAW) / Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities (ACDH-OeAW)
- Ideas Lab, Filmby Aarhus (FBA)