Scandinavian furniture has a deep history of considering people, culture, and society in the design process. The course explores these relationships and develops your individual design capabilities through studio assignments, lectures, field studies, and workshop activities.
Study the Danish furniture tradition, as well as the contemporary New Nordic evolution, and engage with Danish design
Develop your design abilities through project-based design assignments in studio where you will utilize the DIS workshop to produce your own furniture prototypes
Go on a faculty-led study tour to Sweden and Finland and witness first-hand the Scandinavian design culture and history from the 20th and 21st centuries
This program is right for you if you are from a professional school or department of architecture or design. You should be ready to invest time outside of studio hours developing projects.
This intense studio trains you in the design process of furniture prototypes. You will work with conceptual development and production of working drawings, and build prototypes of furniture in part or full.
Week-Long Study Tour: Finland-Sweden
Core Course Week: Study tour to Western Denmark + a two-day seminar in Copenhagen
Prerequisites: Enrollment at a professional school of architecture or design at the junior or senior level. Prior experience with stationary power tools and hand tools is required.
Discover how the city has become the focal point for cultural expression, social change, and political tension. Often symbolizing freedom and upward mobility, the city promises a better life while also creating challenges and fears.
Use Copenhagen as your classroom on field studies that explore its dramatic urban change from the development of a welfare state to a cutting-edge, sustainable, resilient, and livable city
Travel with your faculty and classmates on course-integrated study tours to compare how cities develop their infrastructure in Eastern and Western Europe
Engage in a dynamic dialogue with a variety of guest lecturers including local historians, sociologists, and urban planners
This program is right for you if you study urban design, urban studies, politics, or sociology and wish to examine contemporary cities through a multidisciplinary academic lens.
Cities are both creative and destructive friction machines, full of contradictory tensions, goals, and visions about what constitutes the good life. This course examines the driving forces of this friction within a European context, including social, economic, environmental, technical, cultural, historical, and spatial influences.
Week-Long Study Tour: Budapest-Vienna
Core Course Week: Study tour to Northern Germany + a two-day seminar in Copenhagen
Interpret the role of the Other in European literature. This program invites you to join contemporary discussions on issues of identity, marginalization, and the idea of the foreigner, and their thematic and ideological implications for narrative.
Meet with European contemporary authors and scholars, and build the analytical framework to articulate your own critical voice
Develop skills necessary to analyze and deconstruct the underlying assumptions in works of literature, and consider the historic and social contexts in which texts were written
Travel with your classmates and DIS faculty on course-integrated study tours to explore British literature from a postcolonial perspective
This program is right for you if you study literature, English, or related disciplines, or share a passion for Nordic and European literature.
Examine how Otherness has been imagined and depicted in Nordic and European literature. Through questioning the underlying assumptions in European literature, explore the processes of constructing and representing the Other in terms of race, gender, culture, social class, sexual orientation, religion, and nationality.
Week-Long Study Tour: London-Oxford
Core Course Week: Study tour within Sweden + a two-day seminar in Stockholm