Course offer Bachelor Program

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Visual Design 1a/G&D1

We start with the realization that architecture must be experienced in real confrontation - with all the senses. The development of a 'culture of being on the road' serves the purposeful confrontation with significant and anonymous architectural works and ideas in their respective context. These are to be processed pictorially in a personally designed sketchbook.

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Plastic Design 1a/G&D1

By grasping objects and spaces by hand, we physically internalise our perception and create a mental basis for creative thinking.In the workshops and studios of the chair, we investigate methods of sculptural and spatial design in the experimental use of classical and unconventional materials.

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Structure and ornament/Free project

According to Gottfried Semper's theory, it was the seams that 'gave rise to artistic activity', i.e. to ornament, when fabrics were joined together: According to this, it develops from the constructive logic of the joined and, in the context of architecture, tells of how a building was made as a structurally thought-out, spatial expression of its function. About 130 years later, Farshid Moussavi argues in her book 'The Function of Ornament' that 'affects' are directly transmitted through material and joining. For her, too, ornament is the form that emerges from the material substrate. However, in our present it has neither the intention to decorate, nor does it want to produce meaning. Rather, it produces effects necessarily and without the detour of linguistic codification: bodily resonance.

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Colour Theory/G&D2

The course starts with an experience- and perception-based approach to the topic of colour and encourages individual, playful observations and experiments with colours and materials from the very beginning. The practical handling of colours according to their effects, their materiality and their mutual interaction is dealt with in a sequence of exercises that are carried out independently to accompany a series of impulse lectures.

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Biomorphic abstraction - metal casting/G&D2

Biomorphic abstraction - colloquially also called 'organic shaping', was originally developed by sculptors and painters. Artists like Hans Arp or Joan Miró were fascinated by the formal language of nature at the beginning of modernism and tried to apply this expressive power of growing and becoming, of pulsating and expanding living volumes in their works ... For metal casting, the traditional sand casting process is used...

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Synthetic space-scapes/G&D2

Packaging materials made of expanded polystyrenes have a variety of forms that create questionable spaces. They primarily serve to protect the objects to be packaged, housing and supporting, sorting and bounding them. Because they preserve objects that are limited in size to the grasping capabilities of a few hands, their scale resembles. If you put them together, city-like structures emerge....Now what is in all these niches and spaces, who or what could inhabit them, fill them? Do they remain in shape, or do they undergo modifications?

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scratch, etch, print_repeat/WF

The resistance of metallic etching plates has always challenged the creativity of the artists who have tried their hand at them. Legions of tools have been developed for manual scratching, scribing, punching, scraping, drilling, as well as sophisticated chemical methods for damaging the surface with acids. Metal plates are not only hard, but also patient. Image ideas develop in minimalist or radical stages, even repetitively, and each step leaves traces. We want to explore this together.

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Ground relief/WF

Re-forming pavement surfaces as relief and pattern: The basis of the seminar is a study of urban floors with a focus on pattern and relief, material and texture. Familiar urban surfaces, such as paving stones, exposed aggregate concrete slabs .... serve as inspiration. The design of the relief to be developed and the division of the individual elements should be based on any methods used to create colored patterns ...

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Code for Production - Ornament/G&DII/WF

Digital technologies expand the possibilities of handcraft production techniques and change the perspective on traditional design methods. This elective course introduces the basics of parametric programming and understanding of the fabrication process as part of the design task.Within the seminar we will focus on the design task - ornament - and explore in depth the topics of geometry, pattern, joining and materialization. Parametrically developed forms can become 3-dimensional structures through programmed arrangements.

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Sound Makes Space/WF

This course teaches the fundamentals of acoustic design in architecture to achieve comfortable and accessible rooms for communication purposes, within a holistic design. It introduces the physical principles behind propagation, reflection, and perception of sound in architectural spaces, and how these can be designed. The course will allow the student to get in touch with different rooms, materials and sources, and develop small design exercises where sound is the dominant argument to create space.

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Studio and workshop courses

Studio and workshop courses on various topics of pictorial and plastic design under the direction of the Department of Visual Arts.The courses take place in different formats, on a weekly basis or as block courses. Successful participation is confirmed by a certificate of attendance. The certificate is not graded. By presenting two certificates, participants can register for an examination and have an ungraded 3 ECTS elective 'Studio and Workshop Course' recognized. You can only participate in one course per term.

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