Foundations and elective seminars in the summer term 2023


"Bricolage / Collage"



Foundations of Artistic Design 2

The students will deepen the knowledge and skills gained during the 1. semester in the areas of drawing, color, and sculpture.


Foundations of Artistic Design for T. E.

Using artistic techniques like drawing, molding, and modeling, students will learn the foundations of artistic design. Exercises focus on sensitizing perception and the interplay of observation, materials used, intention, and composition.


Elective Courses

eyes wide shut

In art, architecture, and urban planning, the visual aspect usually determines processes of design and perception. Retinal dominance prevails.

In the context of this seminar, this hierarchy will be reversed: instead of on sight, we will concentrate on the other senses, which are far too often subordinated, to investigate indoor and outdoor urban spaces.



How to print

The course introduces the basics of the manual printing techniques of linocut, etching, and silkscreen. Through applied experimentation, participants will be introduced to techniques of the printing workshop. Subsequently, students may create serial works in limited editions using one or more of the learned techniques.


Into the Blue: Place-Space-Encounters

Aside from its spatial dimensions and material qualities, what makes a place the way it is? Which characteristics of spaces and places are not static and quantifiable but rather fleeting, ephemeral, and in constant flux? How can we artistically express our own individual encounters with spaces?


Types and Clichés

The word cliché comes from a French typographical term (meaning stereotype in English), and refers to the reproduction of an original, as a general term for all types of letterpress plates. Colloquially, the word cliché refers to a once innovative idea, expression, or stylistic device that has now become tired and outdated. A cliché is something intellectually or linguistically formulaic. In the workshop “types and clichés” we will engage with the foundations of typographic design in its societal contexts. We will examine the “cliché” on the formal-aesthetic and linguistic level, and develop layouts that correspond with our investigation.   


In and out of joint

In this seminar we will deal with the versatile material of ceramic. Ceramic is used not only in objects of daily household use, but also in industry, medicine, construction, handicraft, and of course also in art.


wandering, wondering

“Walking, in particular drifting, or strolling, is already – within the speed culture of our time – a kind of resistance… But it also happens to be a very immediate method for unfolding stories.”
Francis Alys

Every map evokes travel in the mind. The cartographic eye swings between seeing and reading, between reality, fiction, and memory. Unlike central perspective, a map has neither a horizon nor a fixed viewing standpoint: the viewer floats above an imaginary ground.



In this compact block seminar, we will deal with the medium of drawing, its relevance in contemporary art, and its various expressive possibilities. The focus will be on experimental thinking about space and line, as well as on the concept of spatial drawing. The approaches of various artists (e.g. Fred Sandback, Anna Oppermann, Richard Tuttle, Monika Grzymala) will offer an introduction to the topic and suggest possibilities, and will be introduced in presentations.


Art Watching (Excursion)

What does contemporary art look like? With what images, spaces, and constructs does current art confront us? What of it speaks to us, what is alienating or even disconcerting?

How do we react to artworks—what do they mean to us?