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Speculating the Future

What if the rapid scientific and technological innovations of recent decades would be used to massively improve life on earth for human and non-human beings alike? Or what if humans would one day move to another planet, or inside the ocean, to escape the consequences of their behavior on the environment? How will everyday life look like in twenty, thirty or a hundred years from now?

Speculative thinking about the future of humans and non-humans establishes a common ground between the art disciplines, the techno-logical innovation sector, policy making and critical humanities. Specifically in the creative sector, speculative design is an outgrowth of radical and conceptual design that reflects critically upon the here and now, looking further into the future. It has become increasingly popular in experimental design projects and in interdisciplinary design-led research with the rise of the various 'crisis' discourses since the early 21st century: environmental crisis, financial crisis, migration crisis and so on.

In the program Speculating the Future students with various backgrounds come together and use design and art to imagine, explore, experiment and to give form to bold and daring ideas about a future yet to come.


During the program Speculating the Future you will learn how to develop ideas for a world yet to come, regardless of the background of your study. You will visualise your ideas through speculative design and experimentation. You will become familiar with a range of examples of speculative visions across the arts, and you will learn to contextualize and give form to your own speculative project. You will work creatively and methodically both as an individual and in a team.

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Completing the Speculating the Future program you will have mastered to visualise your ideas through speculative design and experimentation, individually and in collaboration with fellow students.

  • You prefer to imagine the future rather than to analyze the present;
  • You are curious about that which doesn’t yet exist, but can be technologically possible in the future;
  • You are keen to explore new futures by asking “what if..?” questions;
  • You prioritize possibility over feasibility;
  • You are not afraid to provoke existing realities;
  • You are interested in interdisciplinary teamwork with design based methodologies;
  • You consider it an interesting challenge to study in an international context;
  • You take responsibility for your own learning process and for your team's performance;
  • You enjoy working in a dynamic learning environment with a large degree of independence;
  • Your goal is to learn from others and your own efforts. You are open to feedback from your peers, lecturers and experts from the professional field.


You will be assessed on five criteria: research, work, positioning, presentation and professionalism. Halfway the semester you have a progress interview, after 20 weeks you have your final assessment. While you often work in groups, you are assessed individually. Document your contribution to the group work and indicate this clearly in the assessment.