Settings, 30 ECTS credits, 2017

This postgraduate course is exploring and developing settings for socially and politically engaged design and architecture practice. With a focus on experimental, investigative and critical practice the course aims to support and invigorate the development of new platforms for organising action and discourse, ranging from self-organisation and collaboration to curatorial practice. The course in itself aims to function as an experimental platform and work environment for studying, experimenting and sharing knowledge and experience through various forms of collective/collaborative working methods**.  

The one-year course is organised in two parts over two semesters. The first part intends to investigate various subjects and examples of platforms for socially and politically engaged practice through a series of cases. Furthermore this part involves an individual investigative project and research to identify specific issues and contexts for developing a series of collective projects for the second part of the course. Projects will be planned, realised, documented and finally presented in the form of a publication.

Settings
will invite Swedish and international professionals within or related to the fields of design, architecture, art, as well as socially and politically engaged practices to lecture and run workshops with a wide perspective on the idea of platforms for action and discourse. The course will provide the participants with both an overview and insights into organising events, self-initiated and collaborative temporary or long-term projects and organisations, as well as strategies for communication and distribution of knowledge and information etc. It is a practice-based course that will combine lectures, workshop sessions, research and writing with developing and organising real projects.

The course is designed to offer the participants the possibility to combine with professional practice. The first part of the course consists of a series of intense 2 – 4 days lecture, seminar and workshop sessions with individual or collective research and tutorial in-between. The second part is collectively organised around the planning and realisation of the series of projects.

Course Code
: DIF003

Entry requirements
Participants must be professionals in design, architecture, crafts, fine arts, art history, critical studies, curatorial studies, or in other related fields, with an extensive professional experience and education. A good command of spoken and written English is required.

Selection

Content
Settings is a postgraduate course exploring and developing settings for socially and politically engaged design and architecture practice. With a focus on experimental, investigative and critical practice the course aims to support and invigorate the development of new platforms for organising action and discourse, ranging from self-organisation and collaboration to curatorial practice. The course will provide the participants with both an overview and insights into organising events, self-initiated and collaborative temporary or long-term projects and organisations, as well as strategies for communication and distribution of knowledge and information etc. It is a practice-based course that will combine lectures, workshop sessions, research and writing with developing and organising real projects.

The goal of the course is to:

  • Support and invigorate the development of platforms for practice and discourse within the field of socially and politically engaged design and architecture.
  • To introduce course participants to various forms of existing platforms and working methods.
  • To develop the course itself as an experimental platform for learning and sharing knowledge and experience through various forms of collective/collaborative working methods.
  • To encourage course participants to continue and expand their knowledge through own projects or/and PhD studies.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completing the course, the course participant is to:

-        Demonstrate deep insights and understanding of platform building in the fields of socially and politically engaged design and architecture practice.
-        Develop and execute an individual research field related the issue of socially and politically engaged design and architecture practice.
-        Develop and execute a collective project as an example of a platform.
-        Demonstrate a profound experimental approach and a subtle self-reflective attitude in ones work.
-        Actively participate in profound discussions about their field of practice.
-        Demonstrate the ability to articulate knowledge and experience orally and in written form.
-        Demonstrate self-responsibility for the work process, working method and time management, to a professional standard.
-        Go beyond what has been explored within the course and creatively deal with new situations in a way that new knowledge is created.

Participants:

Examination
Students are awarded a pass (G) or fail (U) grade.

Investigative project presented through written essay and project proposal, and oral presentation (15hp). Final Project presented through its completion and in examination through oral presentation and written documentation for collective publication (15p). The course leader will monitor the student’s engagement and development through seminars, workshops, and tutorials and together with guest critics, the final project during the examination. The grade criteria are designed based on the expected learning outcomes of the course.

Language: The course is taught in English.

Course period: w 35, 2017 - w 22, 2018

Schedule overview
A detailed schedule for meetings will be distributed on course start.

Course Syllabus:

Course Description:

How to apply to Settings

1.You submit an online application to the Swedish central application website www.universityadmissions.se (antagning.se for Swedish speaking applicants), and send qualifications to support the entry requirements by post to University Admissions in Sweden, FE-1, SE-838 73 Frösön, Sweden (or Antagningsservice, 838 72 Frösön for Swedish applicants).

DEDALINE:

2.You will also need to upload files electronically via Konstfack's homepage. These files will be used in the selection between eligible applicants. 

Files to submit electronically via Konstfack's homepage:

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Technical specifications
You must submit four (4) PDF documents named as instructed.
The PDF documents must not be password protected.

File format: PDF
PDF document format: A4 (portrait or landscape)

Tuition fees and studying in Sweden
Read more about application and tuition fees for students outside the EUEEA here.

For information on studying in Sweden please visit www.studyinsweden.se.

Please note that late applications are ranked by application date and are only processed if it's likely that the course has study places available.

1. Apply at antagning.se
(universityadmissions.se for English speaking applicants)

2. Submit portfolio/files to konstfack.se

 Important dates

????????????????1 December 2016: Online application (universityadmissions.se) and portal to upload applicant assignment (konstfack.se) open.

16 January 2017:
Application deadline.

1 February 2017: Qualifications to certify the entry requirements, and payment of application fee or certification of fee exempt status must have reached University Admissions.

Deadline to upload portfolio/files for selection to konstfack.se.

February/March 2017: Assessment of applicant assignments + prospective interviews.

31 March 2017: 1st Notification of selection results.

19 April 2017: Last date to reply to offer.

26 April 2017: 2nd Notification of selection results.

28 August 2017: Course start.


Tuition fees and studying in Sweden
Students with citizenship in countries outside of the EU/EEA or Switzerland are in general required to pay tuition fees. Read more about application and tuition fees here.

For information on studying in Sweden please visit www.studyinsweden.se.

Course leader: Magnus Ericson

Department: Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication

More information: Pia Schenkmanis Rämö, Protected address
+46 8 450 41 80

Updated: 21 February 2017
Author: Pia Schenkmanis Rämö