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Study options for exchange students

When you apply for exchange studies to HDK you have to choose one of our programmes.

If you are accepted as an exchange student, you will follow the courses within the programme you have been accepted to. Below you will find short descriptions of the courses available within the different programmes.

In some cases an individual study plan will be conducted after discussion with the programme director upon arrival.

Please note that the programmes we offer are generally not on an introductory level. As exchange students join the students already enrolled within the programme, some of our more material-based programmes require some pre-knowledge and use of the materials used within the specific programme.

There are no specific pre-requisites required to apply for the material-based programmes (such as a certain amount of academic credits within the field or equivalent).

The admissions jury will review each applicants submitted material (portfolio) and decide upon if the prerequisites seem to be sufficient for the applicant/s to properly take part of the programme.

Programmes open for exchange students spring term 2020

Programmes conducted at HDK in Gothenburg

Programmes conducted at HDK at Campus Steneby in Dals Långed

Courses within the programmes HDK in Gothenburg

Design BA level

DBA23A The Biography of an Object 7,5 ECTS*
The course is a part of the studies in Design and Humanities and focuses on an analysis of an object. The object – i.e. a product, a publication or a room – can give us knowledge of historic and present phenomena and give a prediction of the future. The object will also relate to the students´own practice and profile. The course is given in lectures, seminars, text studies, workshops and field trips and is assessed by written and oral presentations.

DBA24A Design Practice, Sustainability and Ethics 15 ECTS*
The course gives the students the opportunity to deepen knowledge and skills in an individual design project, formulated by themselves within a given theme. The student shall execute a design work that deepens and develops the student´s profile. The underlaying theme is sustainability and ethics, and how a designer might relate to these issues. The course is given in lectures, seminars, text studies and workshops and is assessed by visual and oral presentations.

DBA25A Design, Position and dialogue 7,5 ECTS*
This course deals with the concept of artistic approach, and how it can be communicated. In dialogue with teachers and other students, you will in text, image and practical work formulate your artistic approach. This means that, based on your past work, you position yourself in relation to history, society, ideologies, styles, disciplines, industries, currents, and more. The course includes a design project that mirrors your own artistic approach.

Ceramic Art, BA level

KKTK2B Ceramic Art 2B, 15 ECTS*
The course aims to provide specialization in a particular area or theme within ceramic art. The course provides introduction to new methods and techniques, but focus is on the whole in the current theme, and to understand this in relation to a larger context. The students train their ability to use the techniques, methods and materials in a conscious way. Parallel to an individual specialization the course will provide training to see the breadth and diversity within the ceramics field. The course includes practical work and subject theory combined in tasks, projects and exercises alongside subject history and professional orientation.

The course also includes a deepening project where the student identifies an area of interest. In the self-formulated project students are trained to find an individual entrance to methods and materials and to explore and immerse themselves. Group seminars and presentations give training in critical reflection on different aspects of their own and others' work. The course ends with a semester examination where students practice in presenting their work to a larger group.

KKGMB2 Space, 7,5 ECTS*
This course is held together with the students at jewellery and textile departments. The purpose is to increase the understanding of spatiality, how a room or a space affects an object, or the other way around, and how you can use space and room in artistic work.

KKTH2B Art History and Crafts Theories, 7,5 ECTS
The course are organized with meetings and a written reflection-assignment together with all exchange students at the Crafts department. The course also includes the writing of a semester-report where the students reflect upon their artistic development and the outcomes from the semester as a whole.

Textile Art, BA level

KKTT2B Textile Art, 15 ECTS*
This course is focused on your own projects within the subject of Textile art. The students train their ability to use the techniques, methods and materials in a conscious way. The course aims to develop the subject matter and reflection with your own artistic work.The course revolves around the students artistic project and tutoring, both in groups and individually. The group tutoring is conducted acording to the CRP model.

KKGM2B Space, 7,5 ECTS*
Second course is held together with the students at jewellery and ceramics department. It is called Space. In the course the students work with a specific space or site in relation to objects created. The purpose is to increase the understanding of spatiality and how a room or a space affects an object, or the other way around, and how you can use that in your work. This course is 7,5 credits and runs for around 6 weeks.

KKTH2B Art History and Crafts Theories, 7,5 ECTS*
In this course we want to give you a glimpse into the Gothenburg art world of museums and galleries. We will present you to a number of galleries and museums. You work with an individual project where you write your own project-plan. You have tutoring and meetings with teachers and your classmates during the project.

Jewellery Art, BA level

KKTS2B Jewellery art, 15 ECTS*
This course is divided in two periods. The first period is a technique and theme based assignment held together with students in BA 1. Spring 2020 the technique taught will be silversmithing, such as techniques used for hollow ware etc. This period runs for approximately 5-6 weeks and is also containing individual work with the technique where you develop your own theme. The second period lies in the end of the semester and the assignment is to work with an individual project. You choose your own frame and theme for the project and during this period you meet with a tutor to discuss the work. Discussions and examinations are done in groups together with classmates and teachers.

KKGM2B Space, 7,5 ECTS*
Second course is held together with the students from the textile and ceramics department. It is called Space. In the course the students work with a specific space or site in relation to objects created. The purpose is to increase the understanding of spatiality and how a room or a space affects an object, or the other way around, and how you can use that in your work.

KKTH2B Art History and Crafts Theories, 7,5 ECTS*
In this course we want to give you a glimpse into the Gothenburg art world of museums and galleries. We will present you to a number of galleries and museums. You work with an individual project where you write your own project-plan. You have tutoring and meetings with teachers and your classmates during the project.

Child Culture Design, MA level

DEMCD2 Play, Perception and Culture, 30 ECTS (7,5 +22,5)*
The overall theme is "play, perception and culture" and contains elements that illustrate the noted concepts linked to child culture, children's culture and design. Knowledge about the activity play is provided through a series of lectures and workshops. Students are given the opportunity to take part of multidisciplinary research, and gain practice in referring to research results in their design projects. Seminars and assignments form an initial critical mass of references that are the basis for joint discussions on the field of design. The course allows students to delve into the artistic methods and they are introduced to methods for developing and expanding their own design practice with a focus on participatory processes.

Sub-courses
Storytelling, 7.5 ECTS*
The purpose of the Storytelling module is for students to deepen their artistic practice linked to narrative design. The course focuses on visual communication as a medium for meaning and narrative. The module is based on the student's own interests. Personal artistic expression is the focus and is contextualized in terms of the subject of design. Work is done individually. Students are trained to discuss others' artistic work.

Mobility and Play, 22.5 ECTS*
The Mobility and Play module focus on outdoor play and participatory processes. Using the play opportunities offered by public settings, such as school yards, playgrounds and the urban environment, the course examines the conditions related to both the sites and the tools available. Students will develop design solutions for a given environment.

Lectures, hands-on workshops, text seminars and study visits provide a knowledge platform about outdoor play and the place of children in public spaces. The artistic exploration ranges from physical structure of the space, through virtual platforms to the design of the artefacts that enable the activities. The design projects are contextualized using references from other design projects, the given context, the meeting with the users and the required reading.

Design, MA level

DM3EXH Exhibition as Mediating Practice, 7.5 ECTS*
The course concerns the exhibition as a medium for communication. Students are trained to analyse and through experiments explore the format of the exhibition and approaches to the artistic expression of messages. The course aims at the improvement of students' ability to generate ideas and visualisations of concepts for exhibition design that challenges conventional solutions. In addition the course highlights the ability to analyse how the medium, the format and the design of unity and details affect visitors' interpretation and meaning making. Issues about the role of design and the designer in professional production of exhibitions are addressed in critical discussions and investigations.

DM4PER Design in a Socio-Cultural Context, 15 ECTS*
The course concerns the sociocultural role and meaning of design from an artistically as well as a historical and theoretical perspectives. The course aims at enhancing and developing artistic exploration, creative generation of ideas and the artistic expression of explorative results and alternative design proposals. Students' training includes how to formulate a personal project, how to account for and discuss results and motivate the relevance for a specific sociocultural context. Furthermore students will enhance their ability to critically discuss explorative methods and results of others by peer assessment exercises.

DM15SO, Social Intervention, 7,5 ECTS*
The course deals with the application and development of design methods and approaches for change in social situations, as well as the role of the designer in this context. The course contains both training through practical application in a reality based project as well as a theoretical overview of knowledge and research connected to this field.
Main teaching activity is a group project, supported by tutoring, lectures, seminars, text reading and written assignments.

Crafts, MA level

KHMA1C Deeper studies 1, 15 ECTS*
In this course, the students create a deeper understanding of their own working methods, artistic choices and a reflects upon in which context they want to operate in from a historical and contemporary art perspective. During this course you will get the opportunity for a concentrated and focused work-period.

KHMA1D Deeper studies 2, 15 ECTS*
You will work with your own formulated artistic project in the workshop. We also want you to reflect on your technical skills and material knowledge. Are there technical solutions you need to learn more about? Do you want to explore specific materials or methods?
In seminars during the course you will have the opportunity to discuss working methods and decision making with professional craft artists. 

Teachers Education Programme in Visual Art or Sloyd

The programmes are only open for Swedish/Scandinavian speaking students.

Om du vill söka till något av våra lärarprogram i Bild eller Slöjd kontakta Cecilia Eriksen Wijk för mer information.  

Courses within the programmes HDK at Steneby, Dals Långed

Wood oriented furniture design, BA level

SBTTT3 Craft and Design with Specialization in Wood, 30 ECTS*
As an exchange student at the bachelors program in Wood Oriented Furniture Design, HDK at Steneby, you are engaged in the second bachelor year's activities. You also follow a mandatory introduction to the workshop and department routines. In order to be trusted to run the machines on your own, you will need to show that you are confident in working in an independent manner and with an awareness of safety and cleaning regulations.

The autumn semesters orientation is towards an artistic and explorative approach to design. Ethical and societal aspects of design are introduced and discussed through a thematic project and as a student, you work to finalize a prototype that responds to the theme. The semester also deals with questions related to materiality and craft techniques and how these can be explored within a design process. The project is exhibited thus you as a student need to formulate your work to suit a public context and communicate your intentions towards an audience. Furthermore, you join the project ”Identity” where you are encouraged to explore your personal approach to the subject of furniture design.

The spring semester introduces and develops the students approach to the profession of furniture design. Through lectures, workshops and a design brief, students work to analyze a given space and are trained to approach any stakeholder that might be connected to this space. Collaborative and user orientated design processess are investigated and students complete a design proposal as a response to the brief. A final prototype is not as important as a complete proposal where drawings, visualizations and models are included. The study of historical artifacts and their contexts gives important insights to how furniture have developed through time, as well as what their cultural and societal placement tells us about social changes and ethical dilemmas of the past.

Apart from joining these projects, you also have the possibility to work with self-initiated projects. In discussion with staff and tutors, you formulate your design projects to investigate issues related to materiality, techniques or ethical dilemmas you are interested to explore.

Metal Art, BA level

SBTTT4 Craft and Design with Specialisation Metal, 30 ECTS*
The main focus is to develop knowledge and understanding of materials and techniques in metal and apply this in your own creative work in the form of various independent projects. In the projects students explore various metal processing techniques, developing skills and expressions, based on different given tasks. The themes are based on the concepts of: Material, body and space.

The course consists of exercises, outlined methodology, workshop introductions, materials science, processing technologies, research work, digital imaging, 2D and 3D morphology, modeling and art theory. The course aims to develop working methods and reflection within your own work and also to communicate your choice of methods both in writing and orally.

Important parts of the course are seminars where the work in progress is presented and discussed regularly. The discussions will help the students to communicate positions in their practice and to share experiences and thoughts on their own and their colleagues work.

Textile Body Space, BA level

SBTTT2 Craft and Design with Specialization in Textile, 30 ECTS*
The main focus is to develop knowledge and understanding of textile materials and techniques and apply this in your own creative work in the form of various independent projects. In the projects students explores and examines various textile techniques both skills and expression, based on different given tasks and themes are based on the concepts of: materials, body and space.

The course consists of exercises, outlined methodology, workshop introductions, materials science, processing technologies, research work, digital imaging, 2D and 3D morphology, modeling and theory. The course aims to develop working and reflection with your own work and also to communicate the choice of methods both in writing and orally.

Important parts of the course are seminars where the work in progress is presented and discussed regularly. The discussions will help the student to be able to argue about their positions in their work and also to share their experiences and thoughts on their own and colleagues work.

Applied Art and Design, MA level

SBTI05 Project; Contexts and Entrepreneurial approaches, 30 ECTS*
The course aims to provide further studies in the material, skills and specific approaches to problems in the main field of studies in relation to relevant contexts, and to develop an entrepreneurial approach to the student's own practice. The main content of the course is the student's own project. The student formulates the project with respect to the intended learning outcomes, in consultation with teachers and professors.

*Please note HDK does NOT USE the ECTS grading scale. The two grades applicable are pass or fail.

Page Manager: Carina Krantz|Last update: 8/12/2019
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