1996 (Oldest part founded: 1967)
Government dependent private
Design School Kolding educates designers at Bachelor, Master, and PhD levels within the fields of Textiles and Fashion, Industrial Design, and Communication Design. In addition, the school offers a Master’s Degree Programme in Design Management in collaboration with the University of Southern Denmark. The school is especially committed to the issues of sustainability, social inclusion, and cultural diversity and to creating responsible economic growth by entering strategic collaboration agreements with industry. Design School Kolding’s knowledge base rests on three pillars: Artistic development work, research and practice. Comprehensive knowledge of materials, techniques, methods, and theory are combined with the ability to place design and products in societal, business, and global contexts. A substantial part of the school’s artistic development work takes place within the framework of The LAB which is an innovative room for experiments where education, business, and cultural institutions meet to create new ideas using design as a tool. Objectives for learning accomplishments are considered within an international context. The school gives priority to international exchange of students and employees and affiliating high-profile international visiting faculty to its already internationally oriented staff. Each year the school “exports” classes to universities in places such as Shanghai and Ghana to collaborate with local students on designing creative solutions to local or common challenges. Kolding School of Design’s much respected annual DesignCamp is a master-class for students from selected design schools and universities around the world, who gather to develop design solutions assisted by international designers and educators. Design is about more than shaping products and services. Design involves a number of design methods that are highly suited as innovation tools; specifically, creative methods, techniques for generating and testing ideas, and prototyping. Kolding School of Design works to inspire other professional areas to adopt the working methods of the designer and inspire companies to innovate through design.