About the programme

The 'Craft: Glass and Ceramics programme' on Bornholm is rooted in the Danish design tradition, in which material-based ways of thinking and experimenting is an important part of the artistic basis for the design of artefacts in glass and ceramics.

The students work on a broad spectrum; from small batch production and working together with companies to conceptually unique works based on the students’ artistic skills.

The focal point of the study are the well-equipped, high-quality, ceramics and hot glass workshops. These workshops provide a unique framework for the students’ development of basic skills and artistic expression as well as a deep understanding of the materials. The programme emphasises the experimental aspect, provides space for ingenuity, and inspires the students to explore and develop new ideas across the materials.

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. The cross-disciplinary teaching in e.g. design history, communication, design methods, sustainability, and business are anchored in a larger independent project – preferably in collaboration with external partners. Students learn to collaborate in areas such as production, the artistic process, organisation of e.g. sales and exhibitions, and the operation of workshop facilities.

The programme qualifies the student for further studies at the Master’s level at home and abroad.

Structure and content

Teaching is organised in courses and projects and until the third semester, the work is based on clearly defined tasks, which guarantee that the students acquire basic knowledge, competencies and skills.

Year 1
In the first year of studies, there is a strong emphasis on workshop courses, technique and material as the basis for projects covering 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 – realize design projects, which they themselves have devised.

Year 2
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 skills that they acquired in the first year, students are assigned an independent project. This period provides great scope for experimentation and for the individual student to stretch his/her limits.

Year 3
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. 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.

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.

Courses

The programme covers a wide range of courses that not only help the students improve their design skills and artistic expression but also provide them with useful theories, methods and business knowledge, including:

Glass workshops that involve blowing technique, casting technique, sanding and other finishing, slumping, fusing, material science, etc.

Ceramics courses that 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 that cover design methodology, theoretical courses in the theory of craftsmanship, user studies, form, phenomenology, communication, chemistry, colour, decoration etc.

Most courses take place during the first year, and students are expected to gradually take more responsibility for their own learning throughout their studies.

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Meet the students - Glass
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