Design Tools for Play

Design Tools for Play: Playful Intervention – Embracing Homo Ludens

"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" – Discover the importance of having the right tools for play like a good chess set or a good deck of cards and go on designing one!

Design can communicate the consequences of human intervention as well as make meaning out of human intent. The porous boundaries of the creative disciplines have already made a stew of interdisciplinary collaborative activity in our society.

What do we play and why?

Games are with us from the day we are born. We learn through games and play to understand the world and make sense of it. During this workshop, the individual students will learn to formulate their own design concept within the broader topic of homo ludens: playful intervention. The group of international students, both online and in Weimar, will design their own games. In the first few days, we will introduce you to the history of games and show you examples and varieties of popular and iconic games followed by a design thinking workshop to get the ideas flowing. We will understand the importance of having the right tools like a good chess set, a good deck of cards, or even a handmade soccer ball and/or better yet, a "One World Futbol"... Then you will have time to develop your game and build it. The students will learn methods for changing human behaviour and social interaction through playful intervention and game strategies.

This course is open for students and professionals. You should:

  • be able to draw
  • have knowledge about materials and their processing
  • sharpen your senses and approach the subject with an open mind
  • question and surpass what is known
  • be willing to work hard

You will challenge the world of games and create your own interpretation of your insight.

Prof. Matthew Burger

- Designer and Educator
- Currently working with the department of Architecture at OTH University of Applied Sciences Regensburg, Bavaria
- Academic Degrees in the areas of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York and Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Basel, Switzerland

Sven Brandelius

- Architect
- Broad work experience in the fields of Social Design and Architecture in Germany, the United States and Brazil


The course fee is 890 EURO.

690 EURO for students & alumni
350 EURO for BUW students

The course fee includes:

  • Orientation & Support
  • Programme according to description
  • Teaching materials
  • Bauhaus Summer School ID card
  • Daily Lunch at the University Cafeteria (Monday - Friday)
  • Certificate
  • Internet access at the  Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • Free use of library
  • Accompanying programme including excursions
  • Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Please note our terms and conditions (admission conditions, cancellation conditions etc.)

The course fee does not include:

  • Travel costs
  • Accommodation
  • Insurance
  • Additional module(s) (190 €)

1. Online Registration

Please register first in our system ► Registration
Please follow the instructions on the page.

2. Documents

Please submit until 01 June 2023 the following documents:.

  • CV

  • Letter of motivation 

  • Portfolio (optional)

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive notification about the outcome of the selection process as soon as possible via e-mail. In case of a positive answer you will receive the invoice simultaneously which you will have to pay within 10 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.

If you need a VISA, we recommend you to get informed now about the requirements and to make an appointment with the German embassy in your home country.

A maximum of 24 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

In addition to the specialised course, you can also attend one of the three Cultural Studies modules. The modules take place on three afternoons and you can receive 2 additional ECTS to your specialised course.  Further information can be found here. 

Topics of the modules taught in Englisch:

  • German Bauhaus
  • Germany's Position in International Geopolitics
  • Germany and Fashion

Price: 190 € (per module)

After successful completion of the language course, you will receive a certificate of participation issued by the Bauhaus Summer School. I

Participants earn 3 credit points (ECTS) after completion of the two-week course. In order to receive credit points, t is necessary to attend at least 80% of the course lessons and to fulfil the required tasks. It is possible to receive 2 extra credit points (ECTS) for the course if you book an additional module.

Prior to your participation, it is essential that you clarify whether your home university will recognise the foreign credits you intend to earn.

If you would like to receive a grade, you must discuss this with the teacher at the beginning of the course! The fulfilment of additional tasks may be necessary.

The course took place in 2023.


The course language is English.