Summer School at Bauhaus University Weimar

Introduction

THE BAUHAUS SUMMER SCHOOL

... is the international summer programme of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

and offers courses in

  • Architecture | Urbanism
  • Art | Design
  • Engineering | Environment
  • Languages

Choose from our many language and specialised courses!

... is open to prospective students, undergraduate and graduate students.

Each year approximately 400 participants from 70 countries around the world create a unique intercultural atmosphere. Be a part of the experience and make friendships that will last a lifetime!

... is a great opportunity to get to know Bauhaus-Univerität Weimar

and to connect to an international network and broaden your cultural and academic horizons. Take this chance!

... is a source of inspiration and an unforgettable experience for a lifetime.

Experiences, you will make with taking part in Bauhaus Summer School, will give you new ideas and enrich your life. Get inspired!

Would you like to learn more? Discover the diverse programme of courses and events offered at the Bauhaus Summer School! Experience the beauty of Weimar, the city of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Bauhaus!

Three more good reasons...

1. THE CITY OF WEIMAR

Weimar is a symbolic city with a rich history. Weimar’s cultural life unfolds between Goethe & Schiller and Bauhaus, between Buchenwald Memorial and Schloss Ettersburg (only German). Through its countless museums, four cinemas (only German), the German National Theater (only German) and its diverse performance and music scene, Weimar offers hundreds of events each month.

Bauhaus Summer School connects to those possibilities and creates a diverse programme that you can tailor to your interests. You can participate in many of the events at a reduced cost or free of charge with your Bauhaus Summer School ID.

2. THE LECTURERS

All of our lecturers are experienced, engaged and professionally trained and ready to have fun! Learn a language with a native-speaker instructor or pick up a speciality subject in a different way, in a relaxed learning environment, inspiring excursions, picnics in the park and a lot of dancing at the traditional Bauhaus Summer School parties.

All the lecturers do their best to help make your time in Weimar unforgettable. Furthermore, all language course instructors are native speakers of their teaching language.

3. THE ORGANISERS

Our team cares about each participant, something that becomes clear before you ever arrive in Weimar. We gladly take the time to personally answer all questions and emails. Whether by post or by phone, we do our best to help you with any questions, concerns or issues you might have.

We personally meet you on the day of arrival and take you to your housing. In order to help you get settled in and become familiar with your daily routine in Weimar, we offer an orientation day before the course begins. You’ll also meet your tutor and other participants there. Furthermore, you can reach us during the whole Bauhaus Summer School in August 24 hours a day.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU IN WEIMAR AND SHARING AN UNFORGETTABLE SUMMER WITH YOU!

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Summer courses

Architectural Design

Campus Full time 2 weeks August 2019 Germany Weimar

The course »Architectural Design« explores architectural concepts through class presentations, on-site visits, and studio practice. Each class examines particular building types, design principles and methodologies, leading to practical design techniques. In daily tasks, spatial strategies will be applied in artistic ways. [+]

»ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN«

EXPLORE DESIGN STRATEGIES AND ARTISTIC APPROACHES IN ARCHITECTURE!

The course »Architectural Design« explores architectural concepts through class presentations, on-site visits, and studio practice. Each class examines particular building types, design principles and methodologies, leading to practical design techniques. In daily tasks, spatial strategies will be applied in artistic ways.

Design principles such as Open Plan, Inner courtyard, Shifting Storeys and Mass and Space will be explored, and applied in architectural model making and sculpturing by using a variety of materials. Examples of contemporary European architecture will be discussed and visited in this course. Various spatial strategies will be explored in practical tasks and lead to the final design project of the course: an Art Museum in Weimar.... [-]


Bauhaus IN.SIGHT

Campus Full time 2 weeks August 2019 Germany Weimar

Points, lines and areas as a starting point of the bauhaus foundation course create in their interplay space arrangements. In combination with material, textures, light or colour they evolve into characteristic places. [+]

»BAUHAUS IN.SIGHT«

PERCEIVE, ANALYSE, EXPERIMENT AND: CREATE!

Points, lines and areas as a starting point of the bauhaus foundation course create in their interplay space arrangements. In combination with material, textures, light or colour they evolve into characteristic places.

We start with dot, line and composition in two-dimensional exercises. These experiences will be transferred into the three-dimensional area and expanded with materiality, light and colour. In the alternating process of perception, analysis, experiment and creation, basic rules of design and specified architectural space design will be derived. The visual and haptic cognition is the source for the design of several architectural models.... [-]


Build Your Bauhaus

Campus Full time 2 weeks August 2019 Germany Weimar

We will follow the advice of Gropius and the traces of the Bauhaus in our workshop. We will start in the museums with the drafts and products of the Bauhaus pupils and end up in the wood workshop, where we will bring our projects to life. [+]

»BUILD YOUR BAUHAUS«

EXPERIENCE THE BAUHAUS-IDEA AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE INFLUENCE OF THE BAUHAUS ON OUR LIFE!

The Bauhaus was a school, not a design studio. Walter Gropius wanted to educate a new generation of designers, which is why he wanted his pupils to learn a craft and to work in the workshops. He encouraged them to gain hands-on experience in the workshops. Those experiences seemed to him to be the best way of finding the design for a new century. The objects were not bestsellers from the beginning, but rather stations on the road to something new.

We will follow the advice of Gropius and the traces of the Bauhaus in our workshop. We will start in the museums with the drafts and products of the Bauhaus pupils and end up in the wood workshop, where we will bring our projects to life.... [-]


Cultural Landscapes & Urban Resilience

Campus Full time 2 weeks August 2019 Germany Weimar

Urban Resilience relying on the robustness and preparedness of our built environment and society to its vulnerability is often hard to catch when it comes to its integration and realisation in the day to day realities. Disciplines related to spatial development are more and more asked to respond to these requirements [+]

»CULTURAL LANDSCAPES & URBAN RESILIENCE«

LEARN MAN-MADE AND NATURAL FACTORS' INFLUENCE ON THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOP RESPONSIVE PLANNING SCHEMES FOR MORE RESILIENT CITIES.

Urban Resilience relying on the robustness and preparedness of our built environment and society to its vulnerability is often hard to catch when it comes to its integration and realisation in the day to day realities. Disciplines related to spatial development are more and more asked to respond to these requirements to adapt to unexpected occurrences of natural hazards (earthquakes, floods) and to become reactive in the built space.

Next to the building related knowledge about vulnerability and preventive or adaptive measures among architects and engineers the process and acceptance of it is dependant on cultural values as well. The overarching topic of urban resilience, therefore, can be treated with a transcultural perspective, as a cultural landscape understood as an environment that is created by humans in relation to their natural surroundings with today’s expectations to construct resilient structures and communities. The process of change that forms the cultural landscapes for urban resilience requires an interdisciplinary approach that is taking into account diverse aspects of building schemes and planning processes.... [-]


Design Thinking

Campus Full time 2 weeks August 2019 Germany Weimar

Design Thinking is a process for creating elegant user-centered solutions in multidisciplinary teams. But it’s much more than that: it is a mindset — another way of tackling challenges: empathetic and hands-on. Don’t talk, do! Implemented in daily work, the problem-solving potential of Design Thinking finds its expression in the form of a living innovation culture. [+]

»DESIGN THINKING« THE MINDSET OF HUMAN-CENTERED INNOVATION Design Thinking is a process for creating elegant user-centered solutions in multidisciplinary teams. But it’s much more than that: it is a mindset — another way of tackling challenges: empathetic and hands-on. Don’t talk, do! Implemented in daily work, the problem-solving potential of Design Thinking finds its expression in the form of a living innovation culture. This is, even more, the case when truly desirable solutions are sought. How this works in detail can be experienced in this workshop. In this two weeks you will experience and learn core competencies for your work in creative and innovative fields. You will go through the whole Design Thinking process multiple times in small teams. It starts with understanding the challenge, doing field research, to find a point of view; ideate on your insights to create prototypes and test your solution with users. You and your team are the most valuable resources. It is important to broach conflicts, create dynamics and make use of the different team competences for the right tasks. Therefore, we give guidance and tutorials full of creative methods — like idea-typing and brain-swarming — which you will use freely and extensively to provoke a lot of ideas. Design Thinking is structured, quick and dirty. It is always time-timed, which enforces quick decision making, in order to push for wild and spontaneous ideas. This mood is perfect to come up with truly innovative solutions for products or services. The goal is to become... [-]


Deutsch in Weimar

Campus Full time 4 weeks August 2019 Germany Weimar

Our intensive German programme »Deutsch in Weimar« offers an enjoyable and effective way to learn and improve your German language skills. Spend your summer in the city of Weimar and get to know its large cultural heritage and its importance in German history. [+]

»DEUTSCH IN WEIMAR«

IMPROVE YOUR GERMAN SKILLS AND DISCOVER WEIMAR - THE CULTURAL CAPITAL OF GERMANY!

Our intensive German programme »Deutsch in Weimar« offers an enjoyable and effective way to learn and improve your German language skills. Spend your summer in the city of Weimar and get to know its large cultural heritage and its importance in German history.

On this course you will join students from all over the world as you develop your German skills for use in a variety of contexts. Whatever stage you are at in your life, education or career, our intensive German course will enhance your CV as well as offers you an unique intercultural experience.

Key facts 4-week intensive course (100 hours) Levels: beginner to proficiency A1 – C1 (no prerequisites) 6 ECTS credit points Maximum 10 – 15 students per class Registration deadline: 15 June 2017 Course date: 6 August – 1 September 2017 And what are the benefits of taking part in »Deutsch in Weimar«? ... [-]

English Intensive Course

Campus Full time 2 - 4 weeks August 2019 Germany Weimar

Our intensive language training programme is an effective method to learn English in small groups. Courses will be taught by native-speaking instructors from Great Britain, USA, Australia, New Zealand or Canada. Regardless of whether you are an intermediate or advanced student, or whether you would like to sign up for 50 hours in two weeks or 100 hours in four weeks: We have the right course for you! [+]

»ENGLISH INTENSIVE COURSE«

Our intensive language training programme is an effective method to learn English in small groups. Courses will be taught by native-speaking instructors from Great Britain, USA, Australia, New Zealand or Canada. Regardless of whether you are an intermediate or advanced student, or whether you would like to sign up for 50 hours in two weeks or 100 hours in four weeks: We have the right course for you! The programme is the perfect way to prepare for a degree programme or internship abroad.

The goal of these language courses is to help you improve your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills, and learn, practice and expand your vocabulary and knowledge of grammar and phonetics. The courses strongly emphasise active communication in the foreign language. The instructors will also give presentations about various foreign countries, their people and cultures. And of course we want to hear about your personal goals and interests for the course.... [-]


Environmental Design Strategies

Campus Full time 2 weeks August 2019 Germany Weimar

The building sector is responsible for a large proportion of the world’s consumption of energy and resources, and has a significant environmental impact Sustainability is becoming increasingly important and architects and planners have a great influence on the environmental performance of a building from the very beginning of the planning process. [+]

»ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN STRATEGIES«

LEARN TO OPTIMIZE THE ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE OF BUILDINGS TO DESIGN SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS FOR THE FUTURE

The building sector is responsible for a large proportion of the world’s consumption of energy and resources, and has a significant environmental impact. Sustainability is becoming increasingly important and architects and planners have a great influence on the environmental performance of a building from the very beginning of the planning process. In a short design phase of several months, they define the environmental impacts a building will have over the next fifty or one hundred years.

This course teaches how to optimize the environmental performance of building design using digital tools and design strategies. The theoretical background will be given in form of short input presentations by different experts. This mini-lectures include cycle-orientated design concepts, cradle to cradle, reuse, energy and resource efficiency, and life cycle assessment. In addition, various tool for environmental performance assessment will be introduced, e.g. eLCA, CAALA, Grasshopper plugins including ArchSim/Diva/Ladybug/Honeybee. These approaches and tools will be directly applied within this course for a small design project.... [-]


Express Yourself! Experimental Painting

Campus Full time 2 weeks August 2019 Germany Weimar

The course mainly focuses on providing knowledge of craft-based artistic work within the studio practice. You learn to use paint (acrylic), brushes and imaginative painting techniques through concentrated, experimental approaches to advance the development of your skills in this area. You experiment with stencils, prints and the various ways of applying brushes. [+]

»EXPRESS YOURSELF! EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING« FIND UNEXPLORED POSSIBILITIES IN FORMS OF CREATIVITY THROUGH EXPERIMENTATION WITH COLOUR AND PAINTING TECHNIQUES. The course mainly focuses on providing knowledge of craft-based artistic work within the studio practice. You learn to use paint (acrylic), brushes and imaginative painting techniques through concentrated, experimental approaches to advance the development of your skills in this area. You experiment with stencils, prints and the various ways of applying brushes. You translate forms (i.e. from nature or the city) and observations in painting and learn new techniques in the treatment of color. You can also create your own paintings and work on your own. The course provides assistance and stimulation in finding compositions and the application of paint. Aside from that, we will observe how the Bauhaus artists painted and created our own paintings and collages in their style. The course offers an overview of Bauhaus painting and art practices and explains their content. Additionally, you are given an overview of the development of painting “after Bauhaus” in America and Europe and learn about contemporary painting practices that revive Bauhaus themes. By emulating a Bauhaus master lesson we better understand Bauhaus ideas. You do painting exercises in color and form and expand your understanding of their relationship. As an outcome of the course you'll have paintings and/or collages to be used as: original artworks, application material for art schools, or new forms within adjacent areas such as design or architecture. We conclude the course with an exhibition of the works... [-]


Forecast Engineering

Campus Full time 2 weeks August 2019 Germany Weimar

The design of engineering structures takes place today and in the past on the basis of static calculations. The consideration of uncertainties in the model quality becomes more and more important with the development of new construction methods and design requirements. In addition to the traditional forced-based approaches, [+]

»FORECAST ENGINEERING«

FROM PAST DESIGN TO FUTURE DECISION

The design of engineering structures takes place today and in the past on the basis of static calculations. The consideration of uncertainties in the model quality becomes more and more important with the development of new construction methods and design requirements. In addition to the traditional forced-based approaches, experiences and observations about the deformation behavior of components and the overall structure under different exposure conditions allow the introduction of novel detection and evaluation criteria.

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar presents special topics of Structural Engineering to highlight the broad spectrum of civil engineering in the field of modeling and simulation. The expected outputs of the summer course are to enable the participating students to deal with advanced methods in model validation and simulation and its practical application, as well as the exchange of ideas between the participating students.... [-]


Lighting Design

Campus Full time 2 weeks August 2019 Germany Weimar

In this introductory course into architectural lighting design, we are going to explore the science and aesthetics of light, as well as atmosphere and its effect on perception and behaviour. This will be done in an artistic and theoretic manner. [+]

»LIGHTING DESIGN«

EXPLORE THE TENSION BETWEEN LIGHT, VISION AND SPACE, AND HOW OUR PERCEPTION OF SPACE IS INFLUENCED BY LIGHT.

In this introductory course into architectural lighting design, we are going to explore the science and aesthetics of light, as well as atmosphere and its effect on perception and behaviour. This will be done in an artistic and theoretic manner. We are going to look into aesthetics of space and how lighting design can add emotion to atmosphere and create a sense of well being in a space.

After some initial theoretical input, you will work on observation exercises and analyse lighting settings. Using this initial research, you will create abstract light mock-ups. Results will be shared and talked about in the group. Subsequently we will jump in scale, where the participants will be asked to challenge their perception of space, using light as a material. The outcome can be artistic and/or architectural, a daylight or an artificial lighting installation.... [-]


Moving Traces: Design Elements & Principles

Campus Full time 2 weeks August 2019 Germany Weimar

The course is made up of three parts and aims at interdisciplinary experiences of design principles like balance, tension, contrast, proportion, variation and so on. [+]

»MOVING TRACES: DESIGN ELEMENTS & PRINCIPLES«

DISCOVER, FIND OUT AND DESIGN!

The course is made up of three parts and aims at interdisciplinary experiences of design principles like balance, tension, contrast, proportion, variation and so on.

In the first section we work two- and three-dimensional, black&white, with paper, cutter, pen, light and the elements dot and line. It is about simple abstract exercises for the perception of the effects of design principles. In the second part you will learn to create visual movement and interaction with computer. In analogy to a Bauhaus teaching method we integrate short-time body movements. Works of Bauhaus artists from media or stage will inspire you for the last section: designing an own visual moving story about elements and principles as a picture, object, a series, animation, performance or similar.... [-]


Re.Action - Artistic Dialogues

Campus Full time 2 weeks August 2019 Germany Weimar

At the start of this course we visit an art exhibition and research the accompanying media, such as catalogues, website, flyers etc. Based on your experience you develop an artwork responding to the exhibition. You are free to choose your preferred media, such as drawing, typography, photography, installation etc., and are encouraged to blend them. [+]

»RE.ACTION – ARTISTIC DIALOGUES«

BE INSPIRING AND GET INSPIRED - SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE - AND GET NEW WORK DONE!

At the start of this course we visit an art exhibition and research the accompanying media, such as catalogues, website, flyers etc. Based on your experience you develop an artwork responding to the exhibition. You are free to choose your preferred media, such as drawing, typography, photography, installation etc., and are encouraged to blend them.

At the following step each work rotates to another student and acts thereupon as a starting point for his/her new artistic response. This rotation principle varies by a defined schedule during the 2-week-term regarding space, time, rhythm, media or team partners. We discuss how the results interdependent, what media qualities emerge, and how to create image documentation of the process that is adequate to the individual results.... [-]


Spatial Poetry - A Phenomenological Approach

Campus Full time 2 weeks August 2019 Germany Weimar

In this hands-on course you will investigate and experiment with architectural space in its most archaic form. By weaving shapes, relations, proportions, and light, architecture can elevate new spatial experiences and phenomena, which is the theoretic bedrock this course is built upon. I [+]

»SPATIAL POETRY - A PHENOMENOLOGICAL APPROACH«

A HANDS-ON WORKSHOP TO DISCOVER THE POSSIBILITIES OF ARCHITECTURAL SPACE IN ITS MOST FUNDAMENTAL AND ARCHAIC WAY.

In this hands-on course you will investigate and experiment with architectural space in its most archaic form. By weaving shapes, relations, proportions, and light, architecture can elevate new spatial experiences and phenomena, which is the theoretic bedrock this course is built upon. In this context working with physical models has still proved to be one of the most fundamental methods to produce, assess and refine space – especially in our increasingly digitalized world. This course is a testing field for experimenting with space and the methods to evaluate it.... [-]


Understanding Spaces

Campus Full time 2 weeks August 2019 Germany Weimar

The course "Understanding Spaces" explores multiple, hands-on, innovative artistic approaches to increase perceptual sensibility and develop a deepened grasp of the particularity of place. Discourses from the visual arts, architecture and aesthetics are applied to generate a better understanding of the diversity of spaces. [+]

»UNDERSTANDING SPACES«

CREATIVE WAYS OF EXPLORING SPACES FOR INNOVATIVE AND SITE-SPECIFIC DESIGN IDEAS

The course "Understanding Spaces" explores multiple, hands-on, innovative artistic approaches to increase perceptual sensibility and develop a deepened grasp of the particularity of place. Discourses from the visual arts, architecture and aesthetics are applied to generate a better understanding of the diversity of spaces. The course closely links theory and practice through lectures, seminars, field trips through various shaped landscapes, and individual projects.

Methods are introduced to capture spatial moods and to express them through artistic techniques. Based on the analysis of the places selected, students develop two artistic or architectural projects. Special features of this course are field trips in Thuringia to experience particular original natural landscapes.... [-]


Urban Performances

Campus Full time 2 weeks August 2019 Germany Weimar

Throughout the course you will explore current issues of urban, community life by use of artistic interventions and performances in the city of Weimar. You will deal with decisions of regional and urban planning in a performative way on site, on the basis of our own physical perception. [+]

»URBAN PERFORMANCES«

DISCOVER URBAN SPACE PERFORMATIVE AND PERCEPTION ORIENTED

Throughout the course you will explore current issues of urban, community life by use of artistic interventions and performances in the city of Weimar. You will deal with decisions of regional and urban planning in a performative way on site, on the basis of our own physical perception. Starting points are urban everyday activities such as walking, standing and sitting, which shape urban space and constitute it as a living space first. Using methods of artistic field research (notes from memory, drawings, audio recordings, interviews, etc.) and one's own body perception, you will examine the city of Weimar to make use of the results afterwards for artistic actions and interventions or urban planning.... [-]


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