Cross-curricular teaching - basis and intersection of all design disciplines

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Fundamentals of design

The education of designers cannot be limited to merely serving the current demand profiles of the job markets. A university is also the place from which creative, innovative signals are sent to other areas of society. In order to fulfil this claim and this obligation, we provide our design students with a basic conceptual and methodological qualification - irrespective of their future discipline. Spread over the entire duration of the degree course, with a focus on the first two semesters, we teach theoretical and practical basics in the Bachelor's degree courses, complementing and coordinating with the course content specific to the degree course:

Creating space for development

There is a high creative potential in all our students - otherwise they wouldn't be here. But the assets are often still poorly developed and hidden. A "crust" lies over them. The task of the design fundamentals is to dig up here. To uncover, discover and cultivate talents. Creating space for development. In doing so, everyone is his or her own gardener. We do not distribute creativity here - but create space in which creativity can grow. A lush, rich garden matures, but before the harvest comes the ploughing! 

“Creativity” as a core competence

The decisive core competence for us designers is "creativity" itself. This can be trained across the board in all areas. Experimental and intuitive approaches are encouraged. Knowing and controlling one's own creative process is one of the most important skills that designers must have in their rucksack throughout their lives.

Interdisciplinary thinking - subject-related work

Today's design industry is looking for "all-rounders" and "specialists". The two are not mutually exclusive, but complement each other. Being particularly good in a certain field and thus positioning oneself on the market has always been essential. But as projects become increasingly complex, the designers must cultivate an eye for the whole.

Flexibility in thinking, thinking outside the box

The common language of design from all disciplines is discovered and spoken in class. This common denominator is essential for communication between the disciplines. On the one hand, this includes classical basics such as composition, colour theory and material theory. On the other hand, competences such as self-organisation, teamwork and "professional rules of the game" are becoming increasingly important.

Teaching contents

»We are aware that the best way to achieve our goals is through openness and having fun while learning together.«

Prof. Dorothee Weinlich
Prof. Dorothee Weinlich

Artistic work

From an artistic point of view, students experience that seemingly everyday materials and processes reveal amazingly innovative perspectives. The art of immediately getting into creative making with available material is practised in class. We are convinced that interdisciplinary work releases a decisive creative energy that lasts a lifetime. This involves experimenting with free design processes. These exercises show how tasks can be mastered spontaneously.


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