Two curricula – one infrastructure
For historical reasons, the Department of Textile/Art&Design (the former Textile master class) houses two different curricula: the Diploma curriculum Textile Design for secondary-school teachers and the artistic bachelor- and master programme textile·art·design.
Due to the spatial proximity and shared infrastructure, the two curricula are engaged in an intensive exchange process that not only finds expression in the joint use of studios and workshops or joint courses and classes but also manifests itself in jointly implemented projects. This promotes mutual understanding of the different objectives of students – the slant towards teaching and mediation on the one hand and the preference for a freelance artistic career on the other hand.
Technical competence, commitment to in-depth communication and the ability of networking and reflecting theory and artistic practice are central goals for educators-to-be, while design and material competencies and artistic practice combined with artistic-scientific reflection and a passion for problem-solving are among the key traits of the curriculum for freelance artists.
Students are prepared for their later careers by having them participate in international trade fairs, co-operating with textile companies, taking part in and co-designing exhibitions and fashion performances, etc. as well as by familiarising them with everyday school life through practical stints at educational institutions. The Department operates several well-equipped workshops and studios for textile silkscreen printing, digital printing, hand-weaving, digital weaving, garment and fashion design as well as paper and three-dimensional design. Students may also use the Institute’s own computer room.
The Department of textile·art·design disposes of experience in the management of research and design projects together with enterprises and public institutions and is interested in co-operation ventures promising to yield novel aspects of textile phenomena.