PARTICIPANTSThe 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, Film, 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 within a group dynamic.
I LIVE IN TOKYO WHY SHOULD I APPLY?Consider the following: The methods practiced during the Summer Sessions are unique in graphic design and design education. Specific critical design methodologies you will be exposed to during the Summer Sessions represent the cutting edge of critical design thinking and are very special to the curriculum at ArtEZ Graphic Design Arnhem.
You will deal with topics that transcend Tokyo alone. These methods can be applied to other geo-political and socio-culturally interesting regions of design research.
But more importantly, you will meet a very international group of inspiring people to extend your personal and professional network and make friendships that could easily last a lifetime. All in all, you will immerse yourself in a unique experience that will have a big impact on your personal development as a designer. So don’t miss this chance!
TESTIMONIALSThe GDA Summer Sessions were a privilege: to focus and experiment at the same time. The people I met are the best. And I can say it pushed my work in ways where I’m still feeling the impact, in a good way.
Karisa SenavitisWill Work for GoodNew York, USA—
The GDA Summer Sessions in Beijing were invaluable for introducing a studio practice and new research methodologies to my work in critical poetics. My instructors and colleagues collapsed discourses in new and locative media, performance, capital and semiotics (to name a few), toward a rejuvenated relationship to art and politics. The ability of my final project to resonate with designers in Beijing and later, with poets in San Diego, is testimony that GDA has its finger on an important contemporary pulse. I also want to stress the radical potential of having had tons of fun!
Kendall GradyMFA Program in WritingUniversity of California San Diego—
GDA Summer Sessions offers a unique possibility to learn about and experience Dutch graphic design and its methodologies. Inspiring teachers, curious participants and exciting locations are the key elements of these summer sessions. GDA Summer Sessions provides not only strong insights and results, but also a great opportunity to learn about the various applications of design methods, which are extremely relevant in today’s design context.
Nerijus KeblysVilnius Art AcademyLithuania—
‘No fixed format until finished!’ — I never thought like that way before. Before the Summer Sessions, I would always think first of what I wanted to make and the format I want to make it in. Now I have a method to trust.
Boram YangHongik UniversitySeoul, South Korea—
After graduating, it is difficult not to fall into a routine where you work with the same group of people, visit familiar places, and work on different variations of what is essentially the same project. As a result, it is easy for your work to stagnate. I see the GDA Summer Sessions as an opportunity to revitalize your practice by working in a new context with a group of unfamiliar, yet like-minded individuals.
Greg PonchakColumbus College of Art and DesignUSA—
It was an exciting journey through design research which gave the feeling of confidence. Critical mixture of tutors stimulated new possibilities approaching design practice.
Aurimas GaizauskasPhD CandidateVilnius Art AcademyLithuania—
The combination of workshops, excursions and leisure time was perfectly balanced and gave the opportunity to experience both the location and new practices in graphic design. Not only the program is interesting, but also all the cool people you meet, all with their own ideas and backgrounds. My experience is that the limitations and opportunities of being away from your traditional working environment lead to improvised and creative ideas.
Giliam GanzevlesArtEZ Graphic Design ArnhemThe Netherlands
Working in and under one institution for an extended period of time can become fairly stagnant. The GDA Summer Sessions provided a great opportunity to really experience something with people from diverse backgrounds and in a relevant and unique environment. It gave me a space to re-think, re-contextualize, and have fun with others involved in similar and not-so-similar practices.
Paige FruechtnichtColumbus College of Art and DesignUSA—The GDA Summer Sessions in Beijing were a really amazing experience to me in many ways. I could experience a totally new educational method which I couldn’t experience in my own school. We worked outside and experienced the city — and not just sitting in front of your laptop. Talking with students from other countries and seeing their work widened my point-of-view. I learned a lot from discussions with the teachers, who are also great designers. I still often think of the critiques the teachers shared with me, even to this day.
Yujin LeeHongik UniversitySeoul, South Korea—
The GDA Summer Sessions 2014 were an interesting process; teaching others teaches yourself. There is a famous Chinese saying that goes: ‘We can’t tell the true shape of Lu Shan because we ourselves are on the mountain’. There are so many valuable details to find, especially for the Chinese culture, All that counts is what you feel. As a designer, we need a chance to discover the world. There is another famous Chinese saying goes: Seeing is believing. So stay foolish, stay hungry.
Liu JingTeaching AssistantCentral Academy of Fine ArtsBeijing, China—
For me, Beijing was mostly about personal experiences. I felt quite out of place in this strange country and found myself in need to do something with my emotions. The GDA Summer Sessions challenged me and made me see that there was more to myself than I knew.
Marinda JansenArtEZ Graphic Design ArnhemThe Netherlands—
The way we studied and experienced the city of Beijing is completely different from experiencing a city while on holiday. By working on different assignments, joining workshops and visiting places, the city became more than ‘just’ a different culture. The GDA Summer Sessions not only taught me a lot about myself as a designer, but also opened up a new way of looking at the world around us. I really would want other people to experience this as well.
Merel BuijsArtEZ Graphic Design ArnhemThe Netherlands—What I liked most about Beijing was the atmosphere at public spaces, especially in the hutong area where we stayed. I made some great friends at the GDA Summer Sessions, with who I’m still in contact. It was so nice to share experiences and talk about our different cultures and how school systems work etc. I’ve got great memories!
Anouk BoermanArtEZ Graphic Design ArnhemThe Netherlands—
The GDA Summer Sessions in Beijing was an unforgettable experience, with many highlights throughout the two weeks. It was a perfect place and time to engage in critical design research with the help and guidance of the tutors.
Gokhan KamanArtEZ Graphic Design ArnhemThe Netherlands