Bachelor's degree programme
The Bachelor programme has four lines of study: communication design, industrial design, textile/fashion design, and accessories design. The Bachelor programme qualifies students in the fundamental professional design disciplines. The aim of the Bachelor programme is to provide students with a basic understanding of design discipline theory and methodology. The programme develops the student’s ability to transform specific conditions and requirements – aesthetic, production technology-related and economic – into innovative design products. The Bachelor programme concludes with a graduation project.
Over the course of the Bachelor programme, the student is introduced to the fundamental design disciplines, making it possible to approach specific design discussions and solutions based on general design discipline theories and positions. This is a comprehensive and systematic introduction to the entire design profession – from distinguished aesthetic design to good financial sense and decisiveness.
BA in Industrial Design
As a result of the transition from an industrialised society to a knowledge and communication based society, Industrial Design is a discipline in rapid development.
The discipline focuses on design solutions that integrate function, form and production system into a total design solution. In industrial design, students work with classic design disciplines such as sketching, 3D programming and model building. However, students are also, to a greater extent, involved with general concept development that considers users in contexts of the future and the immaterial values that products carry with them. Hence, user observation and interaction mapping have become core areas of the discipline.
Industrial Design emphasises idea generation and visualisation as much as collaboration with industry and other professionals such as marketing experts, economists, engineers, sociologists and anthropologists.
Industrial Design has an ongoing collaboration with a wide range of companies in both teaching and project development, including Bang & Olufsen, Lego, Innovation Lab and Kildemoes, among others.
Competencies for an industrial designer at BA level:
- The ability to combine conceptual thinking with the development of tangible form.
- The ability to consider functionality, aesthetics and social responsibility as a whole.
- Knowledge of and the ability to evaluate design-related ethical issues.
- The ability to create design by identifying new technological possibilities and relate them to human needs.
- The ability to understand and master principles of construction.
- Knowledge of interface design.
- Knowledge of materials, their properties and how they are processed.
- Skills related to the production of prototypes and models.
- Skills in computer-based 3D modelling and visualisation.
- Knowledge of manufacturing processes and methods of production.
- The ability to facilitate cross-disciplinary projects.
BA Fashion & Textile Design
The Bachelor programme in Fashion & Textiles Design consists of a common academic focus and slant towards either the textiles or fashion specialisation.
In general, fashion deals with three questions, all of which are interrelated:
- What shapes our lives as people today?
- Considerations about consumer patterns and sustainability
- Visual noise – people in the city
Fashion is the academic foundation from which form, identity and function unfold. The discipline deals first and foremost with creating garments that decode, reflect and provide commentary on the era in which they are created. The programme takes its departure point in individual and original research in regard to form, expression and material. This creates a space where ideas, experimentation, reflection and intuition can run wild in the constant slipstream of trends, which also represent fashion.
During their studies, students are instructed in draping, sewing techniques and pattern development to the extent necessary for developing and visualising design solutions. Form and materials are given a great deal of attention, and the students learn to develop entire collections in relation to target groups, materials and manufacturing facilities.
In the textiles area, students work with the classic textile disciplines of weaving, knitting and textile printing. To the same extent that it is about developing new design in the traditional design areas of fashion and interiors, it is now also about transforming textile values into new contexts and technologies. Digital tools have therefore become part of the education programme and are now considered as important as the analogue techniques.
The textile discipline works extensively with the experience and sensuality found in the physical encounter between the user and the surface or product. With the textile designers' professional knowledge in tactility and development of surface design, an entirely new field of activity has opened where the textile designer's skills can be utilised in the development of surfaces of materials that are not necessarily yarn and fabric – for example, glass, steel and concrete.
BA Communication Design
The Bachelor in Communication Design offers one broad, and up to date programme, which connects not only with the school’s key values (social inclusion, sustainability, and cultural diversity), but also with its mission to create sustainable futures.
All communication requires at least two people. In traditional media theory described as sender and receiver. During your study the main subjects are: how to inform in an objective way – to improve communication by strategy – to bring awareness or change behavior, or how to deliver an holistic service or experience by interaction.
To load design effectively with value, the programme focuses on the post concept phase: strategy, validation and framing. That’s of course, beside the well known pre-concept phase: research, analysing/synthesising and idea generation.
During your BA study you will explore: drawing, sketching, notation, writing, storyboarding, coding, prototyping, amongst others. The analogue, ánd the digital. Conventional, time based, and new media.
Most extended courses at the Bachelor in Communication Design are project driven, and – to deliver some context – quite often initiated in close collaboration with external partners like for instance TREFOR and LEGO.
We are aware of the blurring boundaries between design disciplines and are encouraging cross disciplinary research.
Since Communication Design is a global collaborative workshop, we position you at the centre, and encourage each of you to develop distinctive profiles by exploring specific individual competences. You are most welcome! We expect you to be curious, empathic, and communicative.
BA Accessory Design
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.
Research and studies of form, function, need and tradition can allow a space for reflection and development to emerge. A space that reflects one’s age and the sociological changes that we experience. Through talks and discussions about accessories, students acquire an analytical and conscious language for articulating design.
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 will be able to work with jewellery design as well as other types of accessories as for instance wearables and shoes. Students will 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.
Design School Kolding gives priority to the use of sustainable materials and production processes that consider human conditions and the environment. Accessory Design collaborates with a number of companies about the educational programmes and project development. This enables knowledge sharing and working with real-life challenges.