At the start of the triennial course the students devote themselves to analytical seeing and the development of spatial imagination. The focus is on practical training of manual drawing skills, painting watercolours and a variety of implementation techniques as well as the advancement of structured perception. In parallel, creative and conceptual basics are taught. In the process the students address – practically as well as theoretically – the creative conventions of scientific representation in various fields of knowledge.
In project-oriented work the visual expertise is emphasised in different media and contexts. The students develop a practically relevant independent work technique, become more media orientated, experiment with traditional and novel forms of representation and explore their creative possibilities. Unconventional approaches will be tested and the resulting creative solutions realised. The students learn to assess the different stages of a project and to bring the creative process to a conclusion. Research and concept, design process and realisation are reflected in individual and group discussions and accompanied by the lecturers practically as well as theoretically.
A studio workplace and the well-equipped workshops of Lucerne School of Art and Design are at the disposal of the students. The course requires on-site presence, as the continued exchange with lecturers and fellow students is a key component of teaching. Likewise the collaboration with clients, editors and scientists in order to explore creative freedom and fields of activity in the context of publication and exhibition projects and to gain awareness of the requirements of professional life.
Furthermore, within the framework of the interdisciplinary IDA modules of Lucerne School of Art and Design the students of the first and second year get the opportunity to specialise either in a medium, a subject or a field, facing to an entirely new influence
The bachelor course concludes with a thesis taking up a full term. It offers the students the chance to enhance their manual and conceptual expertise. Supported by mentors and clients, they address the tensions between the requirements of professional life and creative self-realisation. In this process personal strengths mature and the first steps into professional activity are taken.
Fields of activity
The graduates of specialisation Nonfiction are experts in the expanding field of visual transfer of knowledge. They contribute to science projects, illustrate reference books and encyclopedias, work on commissions in editing for various media channels or at the interface of science and general public, e.g. in museums, exhibitions and zoos. The bachelor degree also qualifies for a master programme.