Netherlands, Rotterdam

Dutch Design Summer Course

when 24 July 2016 - 6 August 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 800

The Dutch Design Summer School Open Set is a two-week thematic program consisting of a series of intensive one or three day workshops, symposiums and film screenings, led by Dutch and international designers, artists and researchers.

Open Set’s program introduces participants to different schools of design as well as broader cultural fields: from graphic design to performance art, urbanism, media art, curation and also academic research on literature, cinema, media, sociology, ethics and history. Through this the program aims to create bridges between the debates inherent in the subjects of its annual investigation.

Open Set offers a perfect opportunity for young talented people to work closely with international multidisciplinary groups and challenge their definitions of contemporary design practice and their visions for its future.

Open Set is hosted by Kunstblock Rotterdam, – a cooperation between different cultural institutions located on the Witte de Withstraat (Showroom MAMA, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, TENT, WORM, V2_Institute, CBK Rotterdam).

Course leader

Under this theme of 2016, Memories of the Future, the program focuses on the contemporary perception of memory, referentiality and history, and how these concepts can influence performative and aesthetic narratives of the future; how alternative way of lo

Target group

Open Set is aimed at international designers practicing in the broad range of creative sectors, artists and researchers, and it is also open to non-designers who are interested in the research topic and can contribute from their professional perspective.

*** age 22-35 ***

Course aim

The goal of the course is to promote and enhance the social value of design by facilitating debates around the chosen theme from a rich diversity of perspectives, design trends, traditions, and cross-disciplinary cultural practices. The event aims to offer international participants a studio environment where they are inspired to step out of their comfort zone and question the conventional ways of working, experiment with different strategies, techniques, ideas and cross-sector collaborations in order to develop their own practices with confidence.

Fee info

EUR 800: Full course, Early Birds discount for applications before May 1, 2016
EUR 900: Full course, regular fee for applications till June 1, 2016