About the Accessory Design programme
Accessories are jewellery and objects, which relate functionally, conceptually and aesthetically to people and the human body. The Accessory Design programme takes its point of departure in the individual’s need for self-expression and for understanding the world through jewellery and other accessories.
The Accessory Design programme focuses on exploring, processing and experimenting with materials in order to understand and know the material and establish a platform for new ideas and a powerful personal expression.
Accessory Design students work with jewellery design as well as other types of accessories as for instance wearables and shoes. Students receive training in the traditional craft techniques related to the jewellery profession, shoe manufacture, and fur processing as well as the use of digital tools, e.g. 3D computer design and printing.
Teaching at Design School Kolding can take many different forms, all according to the discipline, the specific content and the actual design discipline. You learn to work independently, in teams and on projects with your own and shared design assignments. Much of the teaching is practical and geared towards specific design projects, but you will also become acquainted with lectures, seminars and more theoretical processes. Design School Kolding has a number of open labs/workshops which play an active role in the teaching. This is where students experiment with design and develop their own working methods.
At Design School Kolding we educate designers to become specialists within their field and to collaborate across fields. You will have joint courses in e.g. drawing, chromatology, design methodology, aesthetics and science studies. You will learn to communicate your competences and get a basic business understanding.
Central to the teaching at Design School Kolding is project work. Every year, the students complete a number of design projects, which are either set for them or of their own choosing. In connection with these projects, instruction is given in the specific design disciplines, techniques and theories.
Initially, the projects are relatively simple and clearly defined, becoming increasingly complex and cohesive as the programme progresses. The students complete the projects individually, in collaboration with other students on the same design programme, in interdisciplinary teams and/or in collaboration with companies.
In their project-related instruction, the teachers act both as teachers in the traditional sense and as personal advisers/mentors for individual students. The longer the students' course of study, the more responsibility they have for deriving the optimum benefit from the teaching, and the more they will see the teacher as a consultant and adviser.
Business collaborations and internships
During the course of their studies, there will be many opportunities for students to collaborate with companies as part of their education. Business collaborations provide students with the opportunity to work under conditions and with issues that actually exist in the design professional’s world. In other words, business collaboration can lend substance to a student’s CV which, after graduation, can help to ensure solid, academically relevant employment.
From the company’s viewpoint, a design student can provide the enterprise with new knowledge and inspiration, including fostering innovation and talent development.
At Design School Kolding, practical experience (internship) is an obligatory element of the BA programme. Internship is included because it works – students who participate have an easier time finding a job after they have completed their education. An internship is an ideal way for you as a student to learn about the industry or the area you dream of working in. You can also use the internship to establish contacts and network with people in the industry that may prove invaluable later.
Design School Kolding has a global outlook and we have outposts in both Brazil and China where you can work with local students and companies. The work is project-oriented and you will learn to work with global issues across cultural differences.
You will be able to participate in international masterclasses and camps in Kolding with students from leading international design schools.
At Design School Kolding you will experience a diverse setting with an international visiting faculty and international students.
Jewellery Designer Josephine Winther is Head of Accessory Design. Josephine Winther (1964) is trained at Royal College of Art and Institut for Ædelmetal, KEA. She is a self-employed jewellery designer and as guest teacher at Kunsthøjskolen Holbæk she was responsible for setting up a jewellery programme. Josephine Winther has been Head of Accessory Design since 2014.