About the Industrial Design Programme
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:
- 3D programming
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Head of Subject
Peter Barker graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, before taking a master’s in Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art. He has held the posts of Assistant Professor in Industrial Design at California State University Long Beach and Principal Lecturer and Programme Manager at the Department of Industrial Design at Coventry University. His roles have also included visiting lectureships and external examiner positions at several other universities in England and one in Spain. Peter Barker comes from a position as Head of Institute at the esteemed Central Saint Martin’s College in London.