KASK / School of Arts Ghent offers a course in Open Design for refugees and asylum seekers currently staying in Belgium. The course program focuses on Open Design as a technological and as a cultural, artistic and critical practice. The course method is based on co-creation and peer learning, and puts an emphasis on new media literacy.
This 8-week course is open for refugees, asylum seekers but also “sans papiers” and people who does not have easy access to higher education. The course accepts a maximum of 12 participants. Candidates should apply by sending some background information about themselves (see register). Our common language is English. There is no tuition fee, participation is free of charge. We can support your travel expenses to the course and also the lunch between morning and afternoon classes is covered by the course.
The program of 2019 starts at September 02, 2019 and ends on November 17, with an exhibition at KASK school of arts.
THEORY AND PRACTICE
This intensive course will provide practical and theoretical competencies, and aims at a higher education learning level. It offers a broad and general overview of Open Design as a contemporary sociotechnical phenomenon, and facilitates individualised indepth and practice based learning of specific Open Design strategies and tactics. The course requires participants to attend classes 3 days per week.
SHARE YOUR EXPERTISE
ART, INNOVATION AND ENGAGEMENT
The course will theoretically and conceptually contextualize Open Design as an innovation practice and as a practice of artistic expression, as well as a practice of civic engagement.
This course will introduce and discuss a broad spectrum of tools and methods and their underlying narratives. For this, Open Design is approached as a possible basis for various related fields in art and design. You will explore examples from participatory design, social design, critical design, speculative design and experimental media art (art and technology, art and activism, bio-art…).
NOT ONLY DIGITAL
Although the phenomenon of open design is heavily inspired by digital tools and the internet, we do not restrict our focus to the digital world only. To the contrary, part of the focus of this course will be on the way digital tools can inspire traditional ways of creation, and vice versa. So we really welcome people with diverse maker skills. From traditional handicrafts to agriculture.
INPUT MONTH / OUTPUT MONTH
WHAT WILL YOU MAKE?
We foresee a wide range of possible outcomes which can include: media creations or publications (books, magazines/editions, texts, videos, audio-works posters,… ), digital creations (websites, apps, software), interactive objects or installations, speculative design (objects, prototypes, visualisations), social design (participatory performances, situations, events).
There is much more, and this is really up to you.
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
The course accepts participants with educational or professional backgrounds (or other experience) and skills from very diverse backgrounds. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions about this.
- graphic design (adobe, open source tools)
- digital design and digital manufacturing (3D modelling, 3D printing, laser-cutting,..), computer programming
- open hardware (arduino, raspberry pi, processing, pure data)
- creative writing (storytelling, poetry, language and translation, journalism, copywriting)
- audiovisual (sound-design, filmmaking, video editing, motion graphics, animation)
- radio, electronic music
- design theory and thinking
- specific design or handicraft skills such as furniture, fashion, textile design, tapestry…
- marketing and advertising
- printmaking (silkscreen, lithography, letterpress…)
- project management
- performance making
- social design
- architecture and urbanism
We are also welcoming additional expertise and skills from applicants with a background in:
Education sciences, Communication sciences, Political sciences, Anthropology or Cultural studies, Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology, Biology, or other academic backgrounds.
- demonstrate a keen interest in Open Design.
- ideally have educational or professional expertise related to the skills listed.
- are willing to share their skills with others in the context of co-learning and co-creation.
- be at least 18 years of age.
- be able to attend class meetings 3 days/week at KASK School of Arts, Bijloke campus in Ghent.
- have basic computer skills.
- have at least basic English language skills.
- register via the application form (on our website, via mail or postal service).