In our current communication landscape – where graphic design plays a large role in the organisation and transformation of messages – there are many opportunities for reassessing and experimenting with methods of communicating through visual languages. The Graphic Design department is entering this context through offering instruction in core subjects that we consider to be valuable to a graphic design practice: editing, image, typography and theory; including specialist courses in drawing, web design, type design, writing, movement, and more. We are approaching this learning process through both analogue and digital techniques, and in a conceptual and playful manner.
Teaching in the department happens mostly through assignments. For these, our students are expected to analyse and address a question or issue and adopt a position towards it, while also exploring form in order to organise and communicate their ideas. Students are encouraged to practice widely and critically, and are challenged to reflect on what it means to communicate through their work.
Teachers in the department are actively practicing designers, artists, curators or theorists. This creates a proximity to contemporary practice both within and outside the context of the school, and also contributes to a shared discourse and a basic sense of community.
With regard to building an autonomous, independent (or interdependent) artistic practice, it is our aim to educate designers who are able to contribute to the development of the discipline, are prepared to use their work to engage in debate, adopt an investigative and reflective approach to media, and are able to express themselves in their own visual language.