»Design Basics: Methods and Elements«

Discover the fundamental language of design principles

Visual elements like dot, line and shape are used to experience effects and rules of design principles such as proportion, connection, balance, unity and contrasts. Abstract simple exercises lead to individual and more complex works. We mainly work with black and white – in the analogue form as well as the digital form. In addition, contemporary expressions and tools (Augmented Reality) are explored, allowing participants to try out ways of narrative possibilities.


Teaching concepts of the legendary Bauhaus preliminary course (»Vorkurs«)

The programme is based on contemporary studies that are developed from the teaching concepts of the legendary Bauhaus preliminary course ("Vorkurs"). In addition to the practical work, subsidiary information about the preliminary course and the masters of Bauhaus will be provided.

The aims of the course are learning and exercising design skills, interdisciplinary work with design elements and principles, broadening of creative thinking and the experience of experimental work in the context of Bauhaus.


Learning objectives

The course is suitable for anyone involved in design and drafting - from graphic designers, architects, product designers or even design managers. The goals of the course are the acquisition of design and typographic knowledge, interdisciplinary work with design elements and principles, creative horizon extension, limitation and information on historical Bauhaus.

The course language is English.
Please contact us if you would like personal consultation. We will be happy to help you..

This course is open to students of graphic design, architecture, product design, or design management as well as beginners and interested people with design experience who want to (re-)discover, refresh and expand the basics of visual design principals.

Carsten Giese | www.studio-regular.com

Carsten Giese, born 30.4.1975 in Berlin, is a graphic designer and professor for Communication Design at the Mediadesign Hochschule in Berlin. He Also holds workshops and lectures at HTW Berlin, UdK Berlin and KH Weißensee – in graphic design and interdisiplinary fields. His main subjects are Basic Design, Editorial Design, Typograhph, Interface Design and Corporate Design.

Carsten Giese runs Studio Regular – a graphic design bureau based in Berlin. Studio Regular stands for clean and fresh graphic design with an emphasis on typography. From editorial design, exhibition design to full corporate designs and type-design, the work of Studio Regular is always functional and client oriented, with a clear attitude.

1. Online Registration

In order to register, please complete our registration form.

2. Documents

Please submit the following documents by 1 May 2020 as a pdf file via email.

  • Curriculum vitae (max. two pages)
  • English language certificate: at least level B1 or comparable
  • Letter of motivation: Why did you choose this course? - max. 500 words

Please note the following points:

  • Only one pdf file (max. 5 MB)
  • Email with subject »Application [COURSE TITLE]«
  • Name of PDF file »[COURSE TITLE]_family name_first Name«

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive admission notification by 1 June 2020 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 18 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

The course fee is 700 EURO.

500 EURO for students & alumni
300 EURO
for BUW students

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


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

»Design Basics: Methods and Elements«

02 - 14 August 2020
3 Credit Points (ECTS)

700 EUR regular fee
500 EUR reduced fee
300 EUR BUW fee

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