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European Project Semester (EPS)

    Projects 2020

    • Big City Life Antwerp
      CONTEXT?

      Schools are intensely diverse in Antwerp city and therefore have a richness in culture, religion and ethnicity. Inevitably this creates challenges for teachers that have to cope with this diverse pallet of personalities and backgrounds, but within this variety lies more opportunity and possibility than there are obstacles. Therefore greater affinity with the inhabitants and organizations of Antwerp city is crucial to stimulate chances, collaboration and thriving education.

      GOAL?

      Create a Big City Life game-app through which teacher training students get to know Antwerp and its districts into detail. The developed app should increase the affinity of future teachers with Antwerp’s inhabitants and organizations.

      WHERE?

      At AP’s Campus Spoor Noord (in which different study programs – such as Applied Informatics, ICT-Electronics, Graphical and Digital Media and Teacher Training – that are relevant for this project are being offered).

      FOR WHOM?

      Students with a heart for social cohesion and diversity, and a study background in

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      • ICT-Electronics and Applied Informatics
      • Teacher Training
      • Graphical and Digital Media
      • Storytelling
      • Product Development
      • Social work
    • Arts & Mindfulness in Education
      CONTEXT?

      Mindfulness is slowly but surely finding its way into primary and secondary education. Teachers who experiment with it, experience the beneficial effect that mindfulness has on children and young people who grow up in a world full of digital and other stimuli. Artistic teaching methods (image, music, drama, movement and media) appear to be a good way for children and young people to become familiar with mindfulness.

      GOAL?

      Together with your EPS teammates you conceptualize a mobile application / mobile website with inspiring tools and teaching methods that teachers can use to work with arts & mindfulness in their classroom and school context. A special focus is on children with behavioral problems: a target group that, possibly more than others, can benefit from a thorough training in mindfulness.

      This EPS project is pioneering work in education. The results of your project will be tested in several schools in Flanders/Belgium and abroad. Potentially, this project is the stepping stone to an international collaboration on arts and mindfulness in an educational context.

      WHERE?

      At AP’s Campus Spoor Noord (in which different study programs – such as Teacher Training, Applied Psychology, Applied Informatics, ICT-Electronics, Graphical and Digital Media and Teacher Training – that are relevant for this project are being offered).

      FOR WHOM?

      Students with a heart for education, psychology, mindfulness, arts and/or digital innovation social and a study background in

      • Teacher Training
      • Applied Psychology
      • ICTElectronics
      • Applied Informatics
      • Graphical and Digital Media
      • Fine Arts
      • Product Development
    • Designing for smart screens in the city
      CONTEXT?

      Nowadays, traditional printed posters are being replaced by digital billboards, specifically in large cities. Thanks to (sensor) data you can change your message in real time and several times during a campaign, which allows you to communicate in a more contextual and relevant way. Think about the La Redoute “Weather Forecast Billboard” in which the outfit is adapted to the weather conditions. Or “#lookup at Piccadilly Circus” in which a kid is in real time pointing to planes flying over London and calling their destination.

      Are you interested in making digital screens smart and creating dynamic and highly-targeted campaigns, for Digital Out-Of-Home (DOOH) advertising and beyond? You are creating dynamic content on behalf of “Adaptive User Interfaces”, an AP research team of Graphical and Digital Media.

      GOAL?

      Do you want to experiment with digital screens in the smart city of Antwerp? Would you enjoy to communicate in real time with citizens and make messages more contextualized and meaningful? You can reach this goal by using (real-time) data, visuals (photo, video), contextualized interfaces, (interactive) stories/copywriting, etc. In this project you can reinvent how digital screens can be utilized in Smart Cities.

      WHERE?

      At AP’s hypermodern Campus Spoor Noord (where study programmes such Graphical and Digital Media, ICT-Electronics and Applied Informatics are being offered), nearby the trendy location ‘t Eilandje en the MAS Museum in Antwerp.

      FOR WHOM?

      Students with a  heart for, and a study background in

      • ICT (ICT-Electronics, Applied informatics): (sensor & real-time) data, coding, arduino, raspberry pi, (mobile) application & API development
      • Design (Graphical and Digital Media, Interaction design, Product design, Art): designing, prototyping, conceptual thinking, photography, video
      • Marketing, Communication: user research, advertising campaigns, media mix, social media, usability test
      • Word art, Journalism, Communication: the art of storytelling, contextual copywriting, deskresearch (what could (sensor) data mean for communicating stories in a memorable way to different audiences?)
      • Product Development
      • ...
    • On discovery in the world of immersive storytelling
      CONTEXT?

      Immersive storytelling is a strong emerging technique that is currently finding its way into new spaces such as theatres, games, documentaries, advertising and journalism. The aim is to give people the feeling of really ‘being there’, calling on 3D gaming, virtual and augmented reality technologies in the process.

      Opportunities are almost unlimited. For both journalists and artists a whole new world is opening itself in which virtual reality is becoming more and more important and relevant.

      On Discovery in the World of Immersive Storytelling is an ongoing project that spans multiple years. Curious about what the previous project group experienced during their European Project Semester in 2019? Then take a look at their trailer.

      GOAL?

      How can a story (with a fiction, non-fiction or artistic subject) be injected with graphic, technical and narrative elements to enhance public experience? How can virtual reality and other new technologies increase the quality of journalistic and artistic productions?

      Students with various study backgrounds go on a journey of exploration in the fascinating world of immersive storytelling.

      WHERE?

      At AP’s hypermodern Campus Spoor Noord (where study programmes such as Graphical and and Digital Media, ICT-Electronics and Applied Informatics are being offered), nearby the trendy location ‘t Eilandje and the MAS Museum in Antwerp.

      Students will have the privilege to run their project with state of the art VR equipment.

      FOR WHOM?

      Students with a heart for, and a study background in:

      • ICT-Electronics & Applied informatics
      • Journalism
      • Graphical and Digital Media
      • Fine arts
      • Product Development
    • Industrial Distillation Column
      CONTEXT?

      Chemical and petrochemical companies in the Antwerp harbour have a large need for professionals with knowledge of process automation. Therefore a 3 meter high industrial distillation column for didactic goals was installed in an automation-lab @ AP’s hypermodern campus Spoor Noord.

      If you’re looking for an industrial/technical challenge and a stimulating learning environment: stop looking.

      GOAL?

      In collaboration with a team of 5-6 motivated students, you will further develop and construct (!) an industrial distillation column that will be used for educational goals in Antwerp.

      This is the fun-phase of the project: the real installation of the already acquired equipment.

      To-Do’s:

      • Finalize the design of electrical diagrams in Eplan (make a final version)
      • Electrical connection of the entire installation
      • Testing and commissioning of this distillationcolumn
      • Design of control loops in controlsystem Delta-V (see picture)
      • Design and testing of the HMI for the students
      WHERE?

      At AP’s hypermodern Campus Spoor Noord in the lab of Process-control. A campus in which different study programs take place that are relevant for your project, such as Electromechanics, Energy-management, Process-engineering, …

      WHO?

      Hands-on students with a heart for science and technology, and with a study background in:

      • OR/AND Mechanical engineering
      • OR/AND Process engineering
      • OR/AND Electrical engineering
      • OR/AND Automation engineering
      • OR/AND Chemistry

       

    • Roma through a positive lens
      CONTEXT? 

      Despite the many efforts since the early 1990s, there is still a clear disadvantage for Roma in Flanders and, by extension, Europe. “80% of the Roma live below the poverty line compared to the averages of the country in which they live. One in three Roma lives in a house without running water, one in three Roma children goes to bed hungry at least once a month.” (FRA, 2016, p9).

      Many studies map this deprivation and refer to cultural and / or socio-economic causes. AP’s research project "Roma through a positive lens” focusses on the ‘other side’. The research project is based on narratives of successful Roma and has attention for different contexts (education, employment, arts,…) in which they experience small or large successes.

      By highlighting these successful experiences, these Roma can become role models and inspire others in their communities.

      GOAL?

      Together with your team, you will develop awareness-raising audiovisual material that positively highlights Roma role models in a way that appeals to the imagination of the general public.

      Give free rein to your creativity! Students are fully encouraged to look for original perspectives, a controversial approach, a surprising campaign, ...

      The material developed can go viral via social media and can later be central to an exhibition that aims to create a positive image of the Roma. 

      WHERE?

      At AP’s hypermodern Campus Spoor Noord nearby the trendy locations ‘t Eilandje (the MAS Museum!) and Park Spoor Noord in Antwerp.

      WHO?

      Students with a social heart, a passion for audio-visual art, cross media communications & journalism and a study background in

      • Social Work & Socio-Educational Care Work
      • Graphical and Digital Media
      • Audiovisual Communication
      • Journalism
      • Fine Arts
    • Say bye to homework
      CONTEXT?

      However well-intentioned, homework discriminates against children of lower social classes compared to children of higher social classes. This should come as no surprise, especially in a city like Antwerp which is characterized by cultural super-diversity and large socio-economic differences among its population.

      After all, children who grow up in a socially vulnerable family do not receive the same support at home from their parents - who are often low-skilled and/or non-native speakers - when doing their homework. Especially in deprived neighbourhoods, homework increases the educational gap between children instead of reducing it.

      It is therefore high time to develop alternatives.

      GOAL?

      With an international and interdisciplinary team of students - and in close cooperation with schools and organisations from a deprived area near the main campus of our university - you will develop innovative alternatives for homework.

      You will also develop a creative campaign to bring this innovative experiment to the attention of a wider audience.

      The neighbourhood will be your source of inspiration! In this way, you contribute to increased educational opportunities for children from vulnerable families.

      WHERE?

      At AP’s hypermodern Campus Spoor Noord which borders both the trendy area ‘t Eilandje (with the MAS museum) and the deprived area ‘Damwijk’.

      WHO?

      Students with a heart for and a study background in:

      • Teacher Training
      • Social Work
      • SocioEducational Care Work
      • Graphical and Digital Media
      • Audiovisual Communication
      • Journalism
    • Recap - Projects 2019

      Eager to take a quick peek at the process and results of the 2019 projects? Below you can find the research posters of every project group. Those will certainly provide you an clear and brief insight into each project!

      Research poster project 1 - A way home

      Research poster project 2 - Big city life

      Research poster project 3 - Cohousing with refugees

      Research poster project 4 - Kids in Space

      Research poster project 5 - Story to taste

      Research poster project 6 - Storytelling

    • Recap - Projects 2018

      Eager to take a quick peek at the process and results of the 2018 projects? Below you can find the research posters of every project group. Those will certainly provide you an clear and brief insight into each project!

      Research poster project 1 - Kids in Space

      Research poster project 2: Mobile Learning Game for Antwerp's Port Center

      Research poster project 3: On Discovery in the World of Immersive Storytelling

      Research Poster project 4: Safeguarding Children and Young People in Residential Care and Foster Care

      Research Poster project 5: International Business Corridor

      Research Poster project  6: Every Voice & Vote Counts – An Innovative Megaphone for Socially Vulnerable Groups in Times of Elections

    Timing and Location

    Start date

    2nd semester

        Welcome Week

    Monday 27th January 2020 -  Thursday 30th January 2020

        Welcome day

    Friday, 31st January 2020

        Start of programme

    Monday, 3rd February 2020

        Official end date

    Friday, 19th June 2020


    Holidays

    Spring Break: Monday 24th February – Sunday 1st March 2020 (1 week)
    Easter Holiday: Monday 6th  April – 19th April 2020 (2 weeks)
    Ascension: 21st – 22nd  May 2020
    Other days off: 1st May 2020 / 1st June 2020

    Location

    AP University College
    Campus Spoor Noord - Noorderplaats
    Noorderplaats 2
    2000 Antwerp

    Registration

    The registration deadline for European Project Semester in spring (February till June) is 1st November 2019.
    (Selection and final acceptance EPS before 15th November 2019.)

    AP partner institutions should send the student’s nomination to the AP International Office: incomingstudents@ap.be. We would like to take into account the student’s preference with regard to the projects we will offer in spring 2019. Therefore, we ask them to fill out this small online survey.

    Next, please fill in the online registration:

    We will communicate with you by means of your personal email address and your mobile phone number.

    After your final acceptance, additional information will be given, pertaining to:

    • Welcome Week and Welcome Day
    • Accommodation
    • Procedures for registration (residence permit)
    • Entry requirements
    • Activities, integration & facilities
    • Invitation letter, for visa purposes

    Credits

    Artesis Plantijn University College Antwerp awards 30 credits for one semester. Credits are awarded only when the course has been completed and all required examinations have been successfully taken.

    Artesis Plantijn Grading Scale compared to the ECTS scale:
     

    Artesis Plantijn

    ECTS grade

    18-19-20

    A EXCELLENT

    15-16-17

    B VERY GOOD

    13-14

    C GOOD

    11-12

    D SATISFACTORY

    10

    E SUFFICIENT

    8-9

    FX FAIL (with possible deliberation)

    0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7

    F  FAIL (no deliberation possibility)