The Architectural Design department focuses primarily on the relationship between space and people and society. Students learn to apply a spatial perspective to the world, now and in the future. They work at the crossroads of art and architecture and are encouraged to convey their ideas artistically, experimentally and functionally. Based on theory and in the development of own work students learn about spatial design in the broadest sense of the word: buildings, interiors, urban design, public space, scenography, furniture, exhibition design and material research. For this, the lecturers – designers and artists from the world of practice – offer spatial skills, resources and theory. They challenge the students to reflect on themselves in relation to the outside world.
Space is positioning: the curriculum is structured to teach students to adopt a position within artistic, spatial and societal topics. They learn to create space as a way of expressing their own stance, to question phenomena, place things in a new perspective and create spaces that did not exist before. The programme places great emphasis on theory and reflection; writing, discussing, researching and questioning oneself and each other are important learning activities.
Space speaks: within Architectural Design, space is used as language. By creating space, a student tells his or her story and expresses his or her own artistic vision. In order to enable each student's own artistic voice to develop to the full, the department focuses on the individual talents, fascinations, perspectives and ambitions of the student. Learning to reflect enables the student to apply his or her own focus and develop individual qualities and interests during the programme.
Space is about imagining: the department takes the power of the imagination as its starting point. Through experimentation – not necessarily governed by the rules of the real world – the student learns to work on the basis of his or her own fascinations and to add content and depth to them. Lessons about skills, techniques and materials help the student to shape his or her own imagination.
The aim is to train students to become independent designers at the crossroads of architecture & art, with their own perspective and position with regard to society and the discipline. With the knowledge and expertise they acquire, they can set up an independent practice or continue more focused study on a Master’s degree programme after graduation.