Basics in Visual Design


Module: Darstellen & Gestalten 1. First Year

In this course the basics of visual design are taught. In addition to perception, vivid thinking in a spatial and functional context, spatial imagination, the ability to create meaningful abstraction, and the development of a visual memory are promoted. Students gain insight into the specific characteristics and possibilities of manual techniques of design. The exercises in the winter term include drawing from observation as an instrument of conscious perception, drawing as a design tool and as a tool for analysis and thinking. In addition to drawing from observation and imagination, an experimental approach to drawing will be taught.
In the summer term, the focus is now on thematic, critical image-finding and conscious reflection. We start with the realization that architecture only needs to be experienced in a real confrontation with all the senses. The development of a 'culture of travel' with numerous excursions serves not only to encourage students to become acquainted with the cultural diversity (especially of the Euregio region) but also to engage with significant and anonymous architectural works and ideas in their respective contexts. These are processed in a personally composed workbook. Here we also focus on the development of a personal, spontaneous sign language, an increased intensity of perception and a recognizable, personal perspective.