»Design Basics: Principles & Elements«

Detect, design and play!

''Everything starts from a dot.'' -Wassily Kandinsky

The fundamental language of design principles by working with design elements is the topic of the course.
The focus is on composition, perception, creativity and developing aesthetic skills. Orientation gives the visual language of the bauhaus design.

Visual elements like dot, line, 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 work mainly with black and white, using paper, collage, pen, scissors. You will also learn to create visual movement and interaction with computer.

The program is based on contemporary studies which are developed further from the teaching concepts of the Bauhaus-period foundation course. Beside the practical work subsidiary information about the Bauhaus-period foundation course and the Bauhaus masters will be provided.

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

The course language is English.

Please contact us if you would like personal consulation. We will be happy to help you.

For beginners and experienced ones, who want to learn, refresh, and broaden fundamental design skills. Interested persons from different areas are as welcome to participate as are applicants who are generally interested in the Bauhaus teaching principles.

Carsten Giesewww.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. Registration

In order to register, please complete our registration form.

2. Documents

Please submit the following documents by 1 May 2019 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 Design Basics«
  • Name of pdf-file »Design_Basics_family name_first name«
Only complete and correctLy Named applications will be considered!

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive admission notification by 3 June 2019 via e-mail. In case of a positive answer and your final confirmation you will receive the invoice 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
  • Free use of buses in Weimar and local trains in Thuringia
  • 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.)