Course concept

English-taught semesters, what are they?

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An English-taught semester is a coherent package of course units which a Howest Bachelor programme offers in English, as an option for semester exchange , to incoming students from its partner universities abroad, and as a study abroad option to other international students.

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Course overview

Minor UX Research
Critically assess what people truly need
Expert Design
You immerse yourself fully in the world of visual design and grow your skills in a personal projec
Interdisciplinary Project
Collaborate with students from other fields on a digital product
  • To enrol in the interdisciplinary project, you need to attend / follow the Expert Motion & UI Design course (12 ECTS) as well.
English for exchange students - evening course (optional)
This English course provides exchange students with an intensive training in speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, all focused on their ongoing or upcoming academic experience. The lecturer will take the diversity of academic areas of the participants into account, by addressing a range of topics and choosing subjects that are relevant to the attending students wherever possible. The course aims at the B2 proficiency level and uses the IELTS methodology. We strongly recommended it to all exchange students who have not fully achieved the B2-level in English at the moment of application for their mobility project. For the more proficient students, we still see the course as a useful immersion experience.

Course Unit Descriptions for All English-taught semester programmes

(if not available yet for the upcoming academic year please select the current year)

  • Next to ‘Taal’ select ‘English’
  • Next to ‘Opleiding’ select the name of your programme. (Creative Technology) – please contact for info if not yet available in list).

Course content

Minor UX Research (6 ECTS)

The core of everything we do lies in the ability to critically assess what people truly need. In the research module you partake in active workshops to learn how to place yourself in the shoes of the end user. Step into the world to gather first hand data.

Expert Design (12 ECTS)

You immerse yourself fully in the world of visual design. You focus on selecting a single design skill and go to infinity and beyond to master your craft. A deep understanding is formed that design holds the power to draw attention and enact positive change in response to social issues around the world. You will be leading your own design project with a personal coach offering you support and assistance along the way to help you achieve your desired goals. In the meantime, Cinema4D will be put on your radar and you’ll delve into the complex world of 3d animation to become familiar with texturing, lighting and rendering a project. You are encouraged to visit expert talks that relate to your field of expertise. At the end of the year a panel of external judges from the industry will review your final work.

Interdisciplinary Project (12 ECTS)

You’ll apply the individual skills you’ve learnt in collaboration with students from other fields of expertise during an interdisciplinary project. Design, development and research are applied in your very own creations which ensures that intricate theory is practiced until eventually it can be performed without a second thought.

To enrol in the interdisciplinary project, you need to attend / follow the Expert Creative Development course (12 ECTS) as well.

Attending this programme as a (non-exchange) Postgraduate Certificate student

This English-taught semester can be taken as a Postgraduate Certificate Programme.

Here you will find more general information on our English-taught semesters as Postgraduate Certificate programmes, such as eligibility, selection and application.

The tuition fee for this specific Postgraduate Certificate semester is €1500, which is non-refundable. 

Please also refer to the specific Prerequisite information linked to this Postgraduate Certificate Programme to be sure you have all of the needed requirements.


Prerequisites for Exchange Students

Minimum 4 successfully completed semesters or an equivalent of 120 ECTS in a Bachelor in Computer Sciences or Graphic Design. 

Prerequisites for All Students

In this semester prior knowledge and experience is obligatory:

  • Experience with design software (Photoshop or Illustrator)
  • Experience with UX prototyping software (Sketch or Adobe XD or Figma)
  • Experience with HTML, CSS and Javascript 

Each applicant needs to prove that he/she fulfills these requirements by means of an official certificate, a survey of completed courses, transcripts of records or a signed letter from the sending university. An applicant may also be asked to complete a technical test prior to enrolment.

All students should bring their own laptop. To be sufficient the laptop should have a minimum i5 intel processor and minimum 6Gb RAM. Howest is focused on innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Explicit respect for intellectual property is the logical consequence. Howest wants every student to work with legal software. For the required software Howest has an agreement for all its students with Academic Software. You will benefit from the Howest discount on the license fee. During the first classes, an English version of MS Office (required MS Word, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint, MS Outlook) and an English version of Adobe CC14 will be installed on your laptop. There is no need to install the software beforehand.

Click here for Howest language expectations.

Prerequisites for Non-Exchange Students attending as Postgraduate Certificate Programme Students 

Minimum 4 successfully completed semesters or an equivalent of 120 ECTS in a Bachelor or Master in Computer Sciences or Graphic Design.

Timing and location

The course takes place in Kortrijk.

Our Autumn semester runs from 13 September 2021 to 5 February 2022

The first week is the fulltime Orientation Week. The actual lessons start on 20 September.  From 01 November 05 November there is one week of Autumn Holiday. Winter holidays are from 27 December 2021 to 07 January 2022.

The examination period starts immediately afterwards on 10 January 2022. In the last week of the semester (1 February to 5 February), there are still exams, as well as feedback sessions for students.

The Howest 2nd chance exams take place in the 3rd exam period (Aug/Sept). As an exceptional service for exchange students AND only after explicit approval by the head of the study department, a 2nd exam can be taken by the end of the 1st exam period, at a date to be determined by the study department.

Address of the campus

Dam 2A
8500 Kortrijk