We are proud to announce that the 2014 edition of the GDA Summer Sessions will be held in Beijing, China.
We are still working on the final arrangements for the program. As soon as all preparations are finalized, we will announce an open call for participation on this site.
If you would like to be informed as soon as the open call is announced, please send us your contact information via firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you in Beijing this summer. Thank you! 谢谢!
Save the dates!
Saturday 13 till Sunday 28 August 2014
Tuition & Costs
Please check your local Chinese embassy for specific information on visa requirements for your country of citizenship. Be aware of possible long waiting times for visa approval.
The Summer Sessions
The Summer Sessions is a mobile summer school program developed by Graphic Design Arnhem [GDA], ArtEZ Institute of Arts Arnhem.
The main emphasis of the Summer Sessions is to introduce participants to the ideas and concepts behind contemporary graphic design research, speculative graphic design and design critique, as well as developing personal methodologies in how to integrate and apply these concepts into one’s own critical design practice.
The basic idea is simple: 14 days, 20-30 students, 4 tutors and an exceptional location. The workshop will span 14 days and participants will be guided on a daily basis by tutors from GDA and a guest tutor from the host academy. The week will alternate between closed-knit collaborations, group debates, individual critiques, and self-reflection. The workshop will culminate in a small exhibition of results on the last day of the workshop. Special guests and visiting artists/designers will participate in the final critique.
The Summer Sessions will offer the perfect opportunity to work closely with a highly engaged and talented group of international students and practicing designers who are interested in challenging the prevailing conventions of critical expression and exploring new branches of design research.
The Summer Sessions is open to BA, MA and PhD students in Graphic Design, Interactive Media, Visual Communication and related studies (e.g. Media Theory, Fine Arts, Architecture, Creative Writing, etc.) as well as professionals and educators looking for a fresh perspective in their current practices. The program allows for individual research and discourse at a personal level as well as a group dynamic for diversity.
The successful 2013 edition in Nida, Lithuania was a unique mix of BA, MA, PhD candidates in graphic design as well as architecture and professionals in the media and curatorial fields.
Vinca Kruk (Metahaven) Metahaven is an Amsterdam-based research and design outfit on the cutting blade between politics and aesthetics. Founded by Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden, Metahaven’s work—both commissioned and self-directed—reflects political and social issues in provocative graphic design objects. Metahaven published Uncorporate Identity (Lars Müller, 2010), Can Jokes Bring Down Governments? (Strelka Press, 2013). Vinca teaches Design Research in the 3rd and 4th year at Graphic Design Arnhem.
Hendrik-Jan Grievink (Next Nature) Hendrik-Jan is a designer, researcher and editor who lives and works in Amsterdam. He is art director of the Next Nature Network, a global think and design network that investigates our changing notion of nature. The network produces daily observations on www.nextnature.net and self-initiated projects such as the NANO Supermarket. Hendrik-Jan teaches Design Research in the 2nd year at Graphic Design Arnhem.
Thomas Castro (LUST) Thomas co-founded the design studio LUST in 1996 together with Jeroen Barendse and Dimitri Nieuwenhuizen. LUST is a graphic & interactive design practice interested in exploring new pathways for design at the crossroads of new media & information technologies, architectural & urban systems, and graphic design & typography. Thomas teaches Design Methodology and Typography and is the Head of Department at Graphic Design Arnhem.
Guest Tutor TBA
Graphic Design Arnhem (GDA) A four-year bachelor of fine arts program in Graphic Design at the ArtEZ Institute of Arts in Arnhem with a core emphasis on Typography and Design Research. GDA focuses on the interaction between information, identity and design research. Students are exposed to the full width and breadth of the field. Analysis, research, intuition, creativity, sense and knowledge of visual graphic language, as well as the social aspects of design play an important role. GDA furnishes the students with a creative foundation, an intellectual context and a relevant network to enable personal artistic experimentation.
For any questions, please contact: Anke van Loon Graphic Design Arnhem ArtEZ Institute of the Arts Onderlangs 9 6812 CE Arnhem Netherlands +31 (0)26 353 56 24 email@example.com