IGNITE | Design Thinking & Making in the Arts and Sciences

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From 01/04/2018 to 31/07/2020

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.

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.

Participating institutions

  • 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)
  • #dariahTeach
The IGNITE project is generously funded by Horizon 2020 through Connect 2017 under the auspices of the Media Policy, Audiovisual Industry and Media Support Programme.

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