The standard period of study of the Open Design programme is two years. The programme is structured into mandatory and optional modules. Over the course of the first three semesters, students will explore three key seminars (Spatial Structures, Media Technologies, Design Strategies) in increasing complexity from the foundational elements to experimentation and practical, research-oriented project work. Each semester, students also complete a laboratory module, in which the knowledge acquired in the different seminars is put into practice. Laboratories serve as platforms for translating design into a scientific process of experimentation and research.
Modules 1-7 (Mandatory)
Spatial Structures I-III:
Students acquire expertise in the historical and theoretical description and application of spatial structures within different sciences. They will synthesise this knowledge into new spatial structures in disciplines, such as physics and architecture, materials research, and design.
Media Technologies I-III:
Students acquire expertise in the history and theory of media technologies, including the transfer, processing, and conservation of data and objects.
Design Strategies I-III:
Students acquire expertise in diverse design strategies within different disciplines and are encouraged to analyse these as comparative processes of "Gestaltung".
On the basis of the foundational elements of "Gestaltung" and research processes (draft, concept, model, etc.), students gain interdisciplinary project skills and extensive experience of software programmes.
On the basis of the foundational elements of experimentation and the structure of experimental systems, students master interdisciplinary methods and acquire extensive user experience in media technology and design strategy.
This module enables students to carry out research and project work on a semester topic. They apply design strategies as an integrative process in the development and implementation of innovative interdisciplinary project work.
Intercultural & Interdisciplinary Competence:
This course examines processes of specifically culturally coded perceptions and evaluations that determine both the meaning of cultures and symbolic orders and cultural techniques and materials.
Modules 8-11 (Optional)
Language Course 1 & 2:
Students will develop advanced language skills in English, Spanish, or German.
Elective 1 & 2:
In these modules, students can acquire interdisciplinary competences in other subjects of their own choice.
Module 12 (Mandatory)
Students demonstrate that they are able to work independently on a topic or scientific question, establishing interdisciplinary connections within the current state of research.
All students spend the first two semesters at UBA and the third semester at HU Berlin. During the fourth semester, students can decide to complete the programme and write their theses in either Argentina or Germany.