These project-oriented courses taking place both during the first and the second semester will face complex themes closely related to emerging issues in the current design scene. The workshops are intended to stimulate creative thinking while rounding off sounder professional skills. Taking advantage of the tutors’ guidance and class critique activities together with the information and insights offered by partner companies of the Volkswagen Group, students will fully develop and present their own proposals in order to provide innovative design solutions consistent with the guidelines in the brief. Activities during the laboratory will cover all the phases in the design process, from the concept idea to the final presentation. After the initial exploration, students will move forward into design concepts and their refinement. During the second semester students will have to produce a physical or a digital model. It’s a long process that demands a high level of personal committment and flexibility, organizational and time management skills as well as a strong attitude to teamwork. Students will work in small groups; during the second semester they will be organized in pairs or in groups of 3 people to promote mutual learning and facilitate the management of the overall woarkload. After the launch of the activities, participants will meet once a week with the tutors and the class to discuss, revise, constantly develop their plan further advancements. Projects are subject to group critiques and critiques with outsider reviewers. All the other classes (and in particular rendering, sketching, alias, modelling and concept research) will focus on these assignments as well. Particular attention will be given to the effective communication of the project. The brief for the year 2011-2012 is focussed on micromobility.
For the Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling (MABC) program, scholarships are provided through the Graduate Studies department directly, not through our Financial Aid office. Scholarships are awarded semester by semester, so anyone who wants a scholarship must apply each semester. Because scholarship funds are provided directly from our department, they are limited. Therefore, we necessarily will prioritize full-time students, and often those who are in the latter portions of the degree. In this way, scholarship applications are considered on the basis of a combination of academic performance, financial need, and ministry potential. Additionally, we do not grant scholarships to students who take only 1-2 classes per semester. Instead, we prioritize students who commit themselves to 3-4 classes each semester.
This programme is designed for those whose work involves them in innovative and advanced professional or creative practice and enables them to receive academic credit for that work, assuming it is at doctoral level. Route A is for people who already have substantial evidence of that practice and enables candidates, with the help and advice of academic and professional supervisors, to select the most appropriate evidence for inclusion in their submission and to prepare a 10–15,000-word critical commentary which contextualises, analyses and makes the case for the publications to be considered as an original and independent contribution to knowledge and therefore justify the award of a PhD.