Object design takes place in interaction with various aspects which can be linked in various relationships with one another. In this context, we are interested in the interfaces opened up between authorship and the rendering of a service, object and human, hand and machine and between market and niche. The interaction with these interfaces describes the horizon serving as the basis for focus of the students on developing large and small series up to manufacturing individual parts at the threshold of art.
We take our students seriously as individuals with varying backgrounds, and give them the freedom to build on their passions, experiences and already acquired skills. We assist them in developing their own artistic stance. The programme also raises awareness for the specific needs of clients in classic technical industrial design. We work on ergonomics and anatomy issues and investigate the relationship between society and its objects, and their cultural and functional meanings. We teach comprehensive skills in combination with craft, mechanical, serial and information processing technologies. We form an understanding for the existing market and challenge students to find gaps in it and hone in on unknown needs.
We are particularly interested in linking opposing forces – digital with material, tradition with innovation and the local Swiss market with the global market. We focus on working with concrete materials instead of simulations with substitutes. This enables us to explore the interaction between various technologies and the properties of materials with precision and tap potential for innovation processes in unusual combinations.
The object design programme teaches well-founded skills for the development and precise manufacturing of products in the open field between classic technical industrial design and art.
The object design students acquire a broad foundation of specialist, methodological, social and self-related skills and knowledge over the three-year bachelor’s degree programme. They learn how to discover niches, materialise ideas, ripen these ideas into a marketable product and adequately communicate it. Various drafting and manufacturing strategies are taught and practised in connection with analogue and digital tools – precisely and with concrete materials. The students have access to the well-equipped workshops of the university and their own studios. Students have the opportunity to put to use the specialised knowledge they have acquired in specific individual projects with rising complexity, in multidisciplinary projects and in projects with partner companies and institutions. A team of lectures supports the students, bringing to the table diverse experiences from artistic and applied practice, and gives the students the freedom to develop their artistic abilities in the field between classic technical industrial design and art. Our graduates are characterised by the ability to reflect on and pinpoint their actions in a cultural, economic, ecological and social context, by know-how in the presentation of their products and by both artistic skills and professional skills.