Design Basics: Principles and Elements in the Bauhaus Context

Design Basics: Principles and Elements in the Bauhaus Context

Discover the language of design!

Design is a powerful tool. This two-week intensive course teaches you the central basics to use this tool effectively! You will learn – in theory and practice – about the characteristics of strong design and how you can apply this knowledge to your own individual work.

From basic theory to analogue & digital design practice

We will start with the basic visual elements of design, such as point, line and shape. What are their properties, what effects can they create, and how can we apply this knowledge during the design process? In experimental exercises and typographic studies, you will have the opportunity to put this theoretical knowledge directly into practice.

We mainly work with black and white, mostly analogue – but also digital. We will try out current, exciting tools such as augmented reality in order to test how this offers us new options to expand our narrative possibilities.

Inspiration Bauhaus

Our theoretical and practical design skills will be enriched by the historical Bauhaus: The course is based on contemporary exercises that have developed from the famous Bauhaus preliminary course. In the spirit of this tradition, the course provides you with information and practical hands-on examples of Bauhaus and the individual Bauhaus masters. 

The learning objectives

The aim of the workshop is to learn the theoretical basics of design and to implement them in practical design & typography exercises. You will get to know the central design elements and principles, apply your knowledge experimentally in analogue and digital space and – with professional support – expand your creative horizon in the context of the historical Bauhaus.

We look forward to welcoming you!

For beginners and experienced ones. The course fits those who want to learn or refresh fundamental design skills. Interested persons from different areas are also welcomed to participate, as those who are interested in the Bauhaus teaching methods.

There are no prerequisites for participation.

The course language is English.

Gabriele Fecher, M.A.

1958 born in Würzburg / Germany

1989 Master Fine Arts (M.A.)
1986 Paedagogics  (Diplom)

2009-2014  Guest Professor Samsung Art- and Design Institute Seoul / Korea

1996-2005 Head of a private Artschool

since 1988 exhibitions and workshops

development of creative products

lives and works as an artist, artpaedagogue and designer in Weimar and Berlin

The course fee is 550 EURO.

390 EURO for students & alumni

The course fee includes:

It is an online course and it does not require your presence in Weimar.

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


1. Online Registration

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

2. Documents

Please submit until 01 May 2023 the following documents:.

  • CV
  • Letter of motivation

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.

A maximum of 15 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

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.


This course takes place exclusively online.

July 3 to July 14, 2023


The course language is English.