School of Form at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities - SWPS


Design at the School of Form

School of Form offers a 3.5-year full-time Design course, after which students obtain a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (SWPS). Each year consists of 30 weeks, divided into 2 semesters – winter and summer. Most of the classes are conducted in a form of thematic modules, which can last a day, a week or even up to 2 months.

School of Form has:

  • Poland’s best study programme according to the Ministry of Science and Higher Education;
  • an excellent and renowned team of lecturers;
  • modern and well-equipped workshops and studios;
  • a superb cooperative relationship with many Polish and international companies.

The unique study programme combines project work and an education in the humanities which has been developed by our team of experts led Lidewij Edelkoort, chairwoman of the Design Academy in Eindhoven (1999-2008), strategic director and mentor of School of Form.

School of Form is open to everyone ‒ tinkerers, analysts, computer programmers, people with a love for DIY ‒ and will help you develop, add to, improve and utilise your skills and interests.

If you wish to influence changes in the world, to improve people’s quality of life, and understand and satisfy the needs of today’s society, then School of Form is for you.

What happens after you finish studying?

The Ministry of Science and Higher Education decided to add the ‘Design’ programme to the list of ‘wanted’ study programmes. It felt the Polish economy would benefit from a greater number of better-qualified designers.

After completing your degree at School of Form, you will join a select group of sought-after specialists who are well-prepared for a career in design, in the broadest sense of the word, as well as its related fields, depending on your area of specialisation.

Students of School of Form are taught and prepared to work both alone and in design teams, helping you find your own path in the world of design.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Polish

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Bachelor of Design

Campus Full time 3 - 4 years October 2016 Poland Poznań

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The School of Form offers 4 areas of specialization: Industrial Design, Communication Design, Fashion Design Domestic Design. The classes are conducted in various forms within the following frameworks: theoretical workshop – the classes relate to specific areas of the humanities: theory of design, art history and culture. The aim of the course is to introduce basic concepts and groups of themes, which will then be developed during the workshops design studio - classes aimed at developing and improving the practical skills associated with a particular discipline of design. The classes are taught by practicing designers integrated studio - classes are taught by two lecturers - a specialist in the field of humanities and a practicing designer. The classes are thematically inspired by humanistic knowledge, which is translated into the practical implementation of design issues workshops / studios - classes conducted in specialist, thematic workshops, moderated by practitioners, but also available after classes in case you need to complete any project supporting activities - foreign languages, physical education Industrial Design In a world awash with products, the aim is not necessarily to produce more but to design smart and create something which is actually of need for all of us. Nowadays, industrial designers are multi-skilled specialists who are required to be able to do much more than find a perfect balance between form and functionality. Society is changing at a rapid pace and its needs are rapidly changing with it. Industrial designers need to recognize these changes and understand them in order to design effectively. Students of the Industrial Design programme will learn about the newest production technologies, the basics of design and research methods whilst looking at real examples and discovering how the whole design process works from concept, planning, testing to production. Courses - examples 3D Modelling Robotics Ergonomics Product Design Creating and Designing Materials Analysis of Social Trends Technical Drawing Mechanics and Construction Career opportunities: Design studios, research firms, production enterprises, media work in industrial design. Communication Design Who are the people that design the interactive, digital world around us? Who are the people behind smartphones, tablets and the thousands of applications that accompany these devices? Who creates the apps that help us interface with this new expanded reality? Who helps us navigate this world and who helps us interact with these new modes of communication? Interactive designers and user experience designers at School of Form. With the explosion and rapid development of technology, one of the most popular design specialisations has become Interactive Design. School of Form was the first such school in Poland to offer students the chance to further their education in this field. Interactive Design is one of the main components of the Communication Design programme together with classes that teach students how to use and manipulate video images and new media in 3D space (photography and video, VJing, mapping, film, video prototypes, animation and web design) and classical visual communication (graphic design and outdoor advertising). During your studies, we will prepare you to work both alone and in teams on projects geared to user experience. During your studies you will learn about the whole design process from the identification of the needs of the user, through conceptual creation to the design and manufacture of functioning, interactive prototypes which are tested in a working environment. Courses - examples Film and Photography Animation Motion Design Interaction and Web Design Web Usability and User Experience Visual Thinking Colour Research Video Mapping Computer Games (Character Profiles, Set Design, Narration) Storytelling Career opportunities: As a Communication Designer you will be able to work practically in any interactive design company in the world. This includes companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, IBM, Microsoft, BaseCamp and in any other firm which works within the new media market. The sectors in which interactive design is now the norm include: telecommunications, banking, interactive agencies, public services, mobile technologies, creative agencies, software companies, web/mobile design companies, research companies, design companies, consulting firms, advertising agencies. Fashion Design Designing an evening dress or a police uniform is not just fashion. Clothes are goods produced industrially or in a limited series the same way that are cars and coffee mugs. Fashion is a message addressed to the milieu - information you send to others. As a Fashion Design student, you will implement your own projects, learn different methods of fashion design and understand the process that leads to the creation of remarkable collections. We will teach you how to: draw, weave, embroider, cut, design, operate sewing machines and distinguish fabric dyeing techniques. Also, you will learn design supporting skills: how to prepare project documentation, use software and search for inspiration. You will also learn how to analyse socio-economic trends to predict changes taking place in contemporary fashion and preferences of your future customers. Courses - examples Technical and journal drawing Basic sewing techniques Styling Modeling (moulage) Trend forecasting Successful project presentation Visual anthropology Career opportunities: As a Fashion Design graduate, you can choose from a variety of fashion-related jobs, for example: fashion designer, fashion journalist, fashion critic, stylist, collection manager, creative director, fashion promoter, technical drawing designer. Domestic Design Domestic Design is all about designing for the everyday world around us. We go to sleep, wake up, make breakfast, meet our friends, travel and go shopping. It is important that our surroundings are both comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. During the Domestic Design programme you will learn how to interpret, understand and satisfy the needs of the needs of our society. You will design objects, spaces, solutions and concepts which will improve people’s quality of life. During ceramics workshops you will discover the joys of clay, plaster and porcelain; during carpentry workshops you will learn everything there is to know about wood and wood working. You will also learn to work with different fabrics. At School of Form we will teach you the computer programmes necessary for design, you will learn about perspective and axonometric projections and how to collect, understand and analyse design documentation. Courses - examples Designing Everyday Objects Spatial Design Interpreting and Forecasting Trends Interior Design Basics of Studio Photography Computer Skills (Adobe, AutoCad) Drawing Perspective and Axonometric Projection Ceramics Technology and History Fabrics Technology and History Career opportunities: Ceramics Designer, Furniture Designer, Lighting Designer, Fabric Designer, Interior Designer (shop spaces, office spaces, apartments and homes), Interior Stylist / Interior Photographer, Interior Design Journalist/Critic, Interior Decorator, Creative Director etc. [-]


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