Design Basics: Principles and Elements in the Bauhaus Context

Design Basics: Principles and Elements in the Bauhaus Context

The foundation course at the Bauhaus is considered the cradle of design teachings. The course focuses on the tension between this history and the contemporary application of basic design principles. Topics are composition, creativity and the development of design skills.

The focus is on practical work with visual elements such as point, line and surface. The aim is to develop an application-related understanding of the compositional effect of design principles such as contrast, tension, proportion, dominance....

We work both analogue and digital in two dimensions, mainly abstract and in black and white. The course ranges from simple exercises to free design tasks and individual consultations.

In order to enable participation in different time zones, the course structure consists of a three-hour core lesson combined with approx. 3 hours of homework to be worked on independently.

For beginners and experienced ones. The course fits those who wanna learn or refresh fundamental design skills. Interested persons from different aereas 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  Guestprofessor Samsung Art- and Design Institute Seoul / Korea

1996-2005 Head of 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 500 EURO.

350 EURO for students & alumni

The course fee includes:

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

It is an online course and it doesn't require your presence in Weimar.

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


The course took place in 2022.

Information on the 2023 course will be online from winter 2022 onwards.


The course language is English.