Topic outline

  • Welcome

    This seminar course acts as a core of your first year studies: it introduces you to the learning community at VCD as a safe space to define your own design practice. 

    The course introduces an alphabet of critical concepts as necessary tools of diffracting design practice. 

    By way of lectures, presentations, readings, and discussion, criticality is introduced as means to recognize normative ways of being in the world, and to imagine alternative ones.

    You learn to develop your understanding of your own practice by writing, documenting, annotating, and/or archiving your work. The  “Designer’s Archive” assignment suggests that the archive could perform the roles of a diary, a sandbox, a laboratory, a storage, a library, a publication, a portfolio, and — an archive.

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