Students develop a personal, professional position in the core module, including an inside-out and an outside-in perspective. On the one hand, this means identifying and further developing their own design strengths and the critical positioning of those within the design community. Another central aspect is to sharpen one's view of society by using a relevant perspective for the future.
Over three semesters, an individual design position emerges that conveys visions and at the same time is based on a well-founded, strategic and future-oriented argumentation. This happens against the background of the comparison of practice and theory. In practice, exploring explorative methods in the design process leads to experimental assertions in object-like materializations, artifacts, surfaces, etc. Initially, they represent design hypotheses, which are tested based on theoretical references and together with relevant questions. These validations happen continuously in class in different settings such as coaching, peer-to-peer feedback, workshops and presentations.
Focus modules are 20 short 2 day classes and workshops covering a wide range of subjects from research, design, futures, services, interactions, and sustainability. You can select 6 of these per semester, part time students select 3 per semester.
Project modules focus on project-based learning directed to your own or a collaborative thesis. It includes weekly coaching sessions, introductions into thesis preparation courses, and various design workshops with external partners, foundations, and companies.
Lab modules are optional workshops focusing on material research, phygital (tangible and electronic) prototyping, dirty prototyping (fast, agile, across various media) and video storytelling etc.