About the programme

The Craft - Glass and Ceramics programme on Bornholm is characterised by its intensive approach to materials in the way, in which students design artefacts. The programme is rooted in the Danish design tradition, in which focus on craft and a material-based way of thinking and experimentation have always represented a large part of the artistic basis for the design of artefacts in glass and ceramics.

The curriculum of the Craft - Glass and Ceramics programme places great emphasis on the development and expression of the individual student. The programme is characterised by aesthetic, cultural, social and personal discussion of the student’s material expression.

The programme combines craftsmanship and thorough knowledge of techniques and materials with artistic decision-making and critical reflection about the student’s own process and product.

Our students work on a broad spectrum of crafts - glass and ceramics: from small batch production and working together with companies to conceptually unique works based on the student’s own artistic development and interpretation of the subject.

About the programme

In the workshops, students acquire knowledge of, and proficiency in the technical, artisanal and design-related aspects of the subject. Aesthetic and artistic appreciation, reflection and contextualisation are core concepts in discussions and tutorials between students and teachers.

Step by step, working on projects, students learn to pinpoint and tackle artisanal issues, using research, concept development and objective - all resulting in a finished product. These processes involve craftsmanship training and theory developed and disseminated by researchers in collaboration with teachers and students. These are underpinned by work on projects as an integral element.

These projects may be devised by the students themselves and may tackle processes, which integrate function, form and production devices into a design solution in collaboration with external partners. The projects may tackle narrative through material, experiment and sustainability.

Structure and content

Structure

The teaching is organised in courses and projects. In the 1st year of studies and up until the independent project in the third semester, the work is based on clearly defined tasks, which guarantee that the students acquire basic knowledge, competencies and skills.

During their studies, the working methodology will make ever-increasing demands on the students to devise their own projects. In this context, the teachers will act as facilitators, tutors and consultants.

1st year
In the 1st year, there is a strong emphasis on workshop courses, technique and material as the basis for projects tackling concept, form, function and the use of theory and practice.

The 2nd semester concludes with a longer project, in which the students, through field studies, research, concept development and final product, tackle design projects, which they themselves have devised.

The 2nd year
The 2nd year expands and further develops the students’ technique, craft and method. Teaching is geared towards theoretical, critical and artistic background, and the development of aesthetic sensibility. The students work on scale and space, sustainability, experiment and external collaboration. Using the artisanal skills they acquired in the 1st year, students are assigned an independent project. This period provides great scope for experimentation and for the individual student to stretch his/her limits.

The 3rd year
In the 3rd year, the students expand their practical, theoretical, artistic, creative and communicative basis for a professional, independent approach. External collaborations and business development are key elements.

In the 3rd year, students work mainly independently. The 6th semester concludes with a graduation project, in which students, independently but under supervision, demonstrate their specialisation in the fields of Ceramic Design and Glass Design in an external collaborative partnership.

Courses

Courses

Specific workshop courses involve blowing technique, casting technique, sanding and other finishing, slumping, fusing, material science etc.

Ceramic courses cover technical and artisanal disciplines, working on the production and processing of various types of clay, glazing techniques and tests, practical and theoretical glazing chemistry etc.

Courses also tackle: design methodology, theoretical courses in the theory of craftsmanship, user studies, form, phenomenology, communication, chemistry, colour, decoration etc.

Most courses occur in the first year of studies, decreasing in number through the programme. Meanwhile, the students are expected to take ever-increasing responsibility for their own learning.

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Meet the students - Glass
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