Certificate DesignCultureBerlin

BTK - Hochschule für Gestaltung

Application deadline: June 30th, 2015
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,400 / Year (EEA)
  • € 1,400 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: July  2015
Credits (ECTS): 6 ECTS
Duration full-time: 10 days
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The digitalization of media has radically changed the demands made of a designer over the past years. Today, designers cross the borders of art, design, and technology in a multidisciplinary way and internationally. We believe in a cross-media design program. At BTK, you will learn to think in an analytical way with a focus on design and business enabling you to develop your personal creativity across many disciplines and through a hands-on approach.

Our Design majors are Communication Design (English & German), Photography (English & German), Illustration (German), Motion Design (German), Game Design (German), andInteraction Design/New Media (German). After seven semesters, you can gain an officially recognized Bachelor of Arts degree. Additionally, BTK offers a three-semester masters degree program in Media Spaces (English).

Vibrant metropolis: The BTK campus in Berlin is located directly in the heart of Germanys capital. Berlin is one of the most fascinating and exciting cities for design, art, and culture worldwide and at BTK, youll be surrounded by it all.

The No. 1 media city: The brand-new BTK campus in Hamburg is in the middle of Altonas creative scene and just a few jumps away from the Elbes riverside beach. The striking historical building boasts cutting-edge technology and is conveniently located directly at Altonas main train station.

Living and learning: The BTK campus in Iserlohn is surrounded by luscious green landscapes, located directly at the Seilersee. Thanks to the universitys own apartments, the campus offers short distances between the school and recreational activities, and a very personal, student-focused atmosphere similar to life known at high schools in the USA.

As a private University of Applied Sciences, BTK provides the latest and comprehensive media technology for modern and successful studies in Design:

* Macs and photographic equipment can be borrowed
* Mac pools
* Animation, green screen, and photo studios
* Motion design lab
* Print/scan studio
* 3D laboratory
* BLiZ lab
* Dark room
* Editing room
* Sound lab


ArchitectureThis intensive two-week course invites you to discover experimental architecture and interactive, sustainable urban design. Explore the diversity and innovation of contemporary Berlin architecture and culture and develop your own relationship with both theory and practice. Engage with a variety of exciting DIY+DIT projects including an art gallery in a creatively reused filling station, a community garden on the roof of a shopping center, a container farm in a former brewery, a new sustainable housing cooperative on the Spree River, pioneer projects at the former Tempelhof Airport, and many others. Get to know the most interesting projects Berlin has to offer - on foot, with bikes and a boat. Allow your own design impressions of Berlin self-organized and community-oriented architecture to emerge and exchange your ideas, using photography and illustration, and with an exciting and motivated group of young people from around the world.

Digital FilmmakingThis workshop is conceived to question/explore the act of filmmaking and to offer technical skills that make you able to develop independent film projects in the future. During 10 days you can train in filmmaking with practical sessions and film-exercises, exploring HD and HD SLR cameras, soundrecorders and the editing system Premiere Pro. We will discuss different filmstructures and analyze film-excerpts focusing on the camera-work and onsound, in collaboration with experienced professionals.

We propose a critical learning through talks, screenings and practicalexercises. We intend to stimulate the participants in taking a fresh look to the world and developing an own formal language. What makes a differencewhen you hold a camera is how you try to compose yourself in the world before trying to compose the world with the camera.

Digital IllustrationIn this Digital Illustration class you will discover Berlin art scene while you learn the master tricks in computer painting and drawing. If you ever wanted to create your own videogame characters, comics or even an animated e-book, this is your chance to discover the secrets of digital illustration and have a blast in Europe´s most fun and creative city.Join award-winning Illustrator and comic writer Rafa Alvarez in this 2-week intensive course and create amazing characters and stories with your sketchbook and graphic tablet. You will learn how to make your creations come alive in your screen, phone or tablet with the latest features in Adobe Photoshop and other creative software. During your stay in Berlin, you will also visit famous comic-book stores, meet local street artists and draw live on iconic locations. Experience Berlins influence on your creative mind and bring your impressions to life.Documentary PhotographyThis workshop introduces a range of practical and theoretical frameworks for photographic practices founded upon the notions of observing and recording the world we live in. It aims to enable an understanding of what the photograph as a document has been and what it might become. The course will encourage you to explore the full potential of the image as a document that attempts to make visual sense of the social world.

You will explore the following concepts and ideas in theory and practice:

* evidence, fact, realism, truth
* the construction of meaning, narrative, editing
* representation, ethics, viewpoint
* humanism, the socially concerned photographer, politics of the image



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