Weimar, Germany

Design Basics: Methods & Elements

when 8 August 2021 - 20 August 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 700

Design is a powerful tool. This two-week intensive course teaches you the central basics to use this tool effectively! You will learn – in theory and practice – about the characteristics of strong design and how you can apply this knowledge in your own individual work.

We will start with the basic visual elements of design, such as point, line and shape. What are their properties, what effects can they create, and how can we apply this knowledge during the design process? In experimental exercises and typographic studies, you will have the opportunity to put this theoretical knowledge directly into practice.
We mainly work with black and white, mostly analogue – but also digital. We will try out current, exciting tools such as Augmented Reality in order to test how this offers us new options to expand our narrative possibilities.

Our theoretical and practical design skills will be enriched by the historical Bauhaus: The course is based on contemporary exercises that have developed from the famous Bauhaus preliminary course. In the spirit of this tradition, the course provides you with information and practical hands-on examples of Bauhaus and the individual Bauhaus masters.

Course leader

Carsten Giese

Target group

This course is open to students of graphic design, architecture, product design, or design management as well as beginners and interested people with design experience who want to (re-)discover, refresh and expand the basics of visual design principals.

Course aim

The aim of the workshop is to learn the theoretical basics of design and to implement them in practical design & typography exercises. You will get to know the central design elements and principles, apply your knowledge experimentally in analogue and digital space and – with professional support – expand your creative horizon in the context of the historical Bauhaus.

Fee info

EUR 700: 2 weeks (90 hrs)
The course fee is 700 EUR

The course fee includes:

• Orientation & Support
• Programme according to description
• Teaching materials
• Bauhaus Summer School ID card
• Free use of buses in Weimar and local trains in Thuringia
• Certificate
• Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
• Free use of library
• Accompanying programme (except excursions)
• Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar
EUR 500: 2 weeks (90 hrs)
The course fee for students is 500 EUR.

The course fee includes:

• Orientation & Support
• Programme according to description
• Teaching materials
• Bauhaus Summer School ID card
• Free use of buses in Weimar and local trains in Thuringia
• Certificate
• Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
• Free use of library
• Accompanying programme (except excursions)
• Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar