Dare, care, be curious. OPEN HOUSE IN HDK

HDK – the School of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg offers unique specializations in Applied Art and Design on MA level.

Would you like to know more about our educational programmes?
Curious about what’s going on at the school?
You are welcome to attend our open house on November 29, between 12.00-18.00!

29 NOVEMBER, Kl 12 – 18


Open post: Professor of Industrial Design
University of Lapland

The following position is open for applications in the Faculty of Art and Design, at the University of Lapland: Professor of Industrial Design, to be filled as of 1 September 2013.

Located in the city of Rovaniemi, on the Arctic Circle, the University of Lapland is an international, multidisciplinary university whose areas of expertise include Arctic affairs and tourism research. You can read more information about us at: http://www.ulapland.fi/InEnglish/About_us.iw3.

The Faculty of Art and Design focuses on plural, multicultural art and design in the northern regions as well as different creative solutions in art and design developed for the needs of services in the north. A lively dialogue between science and art adds its unique stamp on the Faculty’s research activities. Science and art become integrated, for example, in the development of design and media as well as in constructing new communal art education methods. Alongside their scientific approach, many of the Faculty’s doctoral dissertations include an artistic element, such as an exhibition or product development project.

The salary of the position is based between levels 8 and 9 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff in the Finnish universities’ salary system (4,597.75–5,181.23 euros / month). In addition, the total salary includes a salary component based on personal performance; this will amount to at most 46.3% of the job-specific salary component.

The field and duties of the professorship are preliminarily defined as follows:

The professor shall carry out and supervise scientific or artistic work, give education based on it and follow developments in science or art, and participate in societal interaction and international cooperation in his/her field.
The core competence area of the professor will be industrial design: the industrial design process and design skills. The professorship is focused on corporate and industry co-operation, sales of design services, and international co-operation. Co-operation with industries and design work in an international context are major skills in the area of design. We hope that the professor will develop these competence areas in her/his work. An increasingly important part of the designer’s profession is the capacity and skill to market one’s design skills and to network in international, emerging, and developing markets (China, Asia, Africa, and India) as well as in the Arctic context. The professor will conduct research and develop new forms of international design entrepreneurship and collaboration. Furthermore, the professor will develop curricula and teaching in these areas.

In order to succeed in the professor’s duties and be able to promote productive operations of the Faculty, strong commitment to the activities of the scientific and artistic community is required.

Applicants for the professorship are requested to inform if they are available for a fixed term already beginning as of 1 September 2013 until the appointment process is completed.

Applications are to be addressed to the University of Lapland and delivered no later than Wednesday, 21 August 2013, at 13.00 (local Finnish time) to the following address:

University of Lapland, PO Box 122 (Registry, Yliopistonkatu 8), FI-96101 Rovaniemi, FINLAND. Applications documents will not be returned.

To see the full description of the position and the application procedure, please visit http://www.ulapland.fi/vacancies

Further information on the appointment procedure:

Professor Satu Miettinen, Vice Dean
Faculty of Art and Design
+358 40 4844367
On holiday 14 June – 11 August 2013

Jani Suokanerva, Chief of Administration
Faculty of Art and Design
 +358 40 4844402
On holiday 26 June – 29 July 2013

Workshop in Iceland Pre-Christianity Roots of Nordic Creative Language

Pre-Christianity Roots of Nordic Creative Language

A course in Iceland July 14th – 21nd – 2013.    (Part of Lunga: http://lunga.is/)
Blue Factory

The Iceland Academy of Art (http://lhi.is/) and the Oslo National Academy of Art (http://www.khio.no/) in collaboration with further institutes that are in the Nordic network of design education. Traditionally students have participated from a number of Nordic Academic arts and design institutes in the region. The course takes place in the Blue Factory in Seyðisfjörður, East-Iceland (http://lungabluefactory.wordpress.com/), Iceland as part of the 12th Luna Ar Festival.

Past references can be seen here on the web distributor of work: (http://.wordpress.com/)

The town Seyðisfjörður has been part of the international society for a long time. It is the location of the arrival of the first telephone link from Iceland to the world over 100 years ago. It is the arrival point for the only passanger boat link to Europe and has been part of the international arts scene for decades. This narrow fjord is a place of a strange connection between strong local culture and the international arts and design scene. Located in Seyðisfjörður is Skaftfell Arts Centre (http://skaftfell.is/) with galleries, residences and workshops. Something that has been part of the portfolio of the Iceland Academy since its establishment.

The Lunga Arts Festival (http://lunga.is/) is a yearly event held in this town in a bohemian summer. In the middle of July people gather in a town of only 700 inhabitants, to enjoy the space that is created by electric vibes from various art forms melting together when young people from foreign locations unite in one place through their creativity. Lunga is first and foremost a festival with the purpose of summoning people in creation and to strengthen awareness and knowledge about art and culture. Through out the years Lunga has grown and has now become on of Iceland’s biggest art festival for young people. Going from having only 20 participants the first year to being completely sold out for the last years.

The Blue Factory (http://www.dorigislason.com/?p=708) is an old disused herring factory that went under a snow avalanche in the 70’s and presence of people is not allowed there in the winter because of further snow risk. It is being developed as a mini art and design factory that takes place in the summer. It houses woodworking and metal workshops and is full of industrial relics as a source of inspiration.

The master class is run by professor Guðmundur Oddur Magnússon (http://www.goddur.com/) from the Iceland Academy and professor Halldór Gíslason (http://www.dorigislason.com/) in the Oslo Academy. They have held courses with same focus in Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Sweden and wider. The course will look into historical methods of Nordic myth rooted in being in harmony with nature. The aim of the workshop in the summer of 2012 is the roots of Nordic symbolic language, especially researching and experimenting with pre-Christian activity and symbolism. A great part of Nordic history has been distorted by Christian definitions of existence while Old-Nordic mythology and symbolism has landed under clouds of definitions and knowledge that is contaminated by Christian beliefs. The Blue Factory gang has spent time looking for the roots of symbols and language and the workshop will go through this and seek further samples. Last year’s workshop concentrated on building a sweat-lodge and researching into Nordic sweat culture for the same reasons. Slowly through academic periods and dialogue different knowledge is made available to designers and creatives.

The course is 1ECTS and is seen as an extra curricular activity for students in design but students from the other creative fields are welcome to apply. Participants will be 6-8 and will be selected on basis of group dynamics and diversity. Here are images from the Blue Factory and Lunga in July two years ago: (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=241235&id=525844923&l=cfa44af9cc) and here an album from last year: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150268453701907.352309.537701906). Part of the project will be in collaboration with Skálanes (http://www.skalanes.com/about-skalanes/). All this material is available also through the Blue Factory Website: (http://lungabluefactory.wordpress.com/).


The course is only open to students that have finished a BA degree.

There is no fee for participation.

Accommodation is provided in the factory but students have to bring their own sleeping bags.

Food or travel expenses are not provided but there is a communal kitchen in the factory and plans are that the group cooks together for intensive dialogue.

Students cover their own travel expenses but in some institutions, where the course is offered, can apply for travel grant to participate in the course.

Dates: Arrival not later than July 12th ending on July 21nd.

Engagement will be the basis for student evaluation.

Interested applicants should contact Halldór directly by mail (dori@khio.no) rnd og May. Travel information will be provided after enrolment. The boat sails from Norway and Denmark to Seyðisfjörður and various flight companies offer trips to Reykjavik. Internal flights to Egilsstaðir from Reykjavik are provided by AirIceland. Students will be picked up in Egilstaðir airport on arrival.

All applicants can send requests and ask for informations for help for applying for local funds for travel support. Send direct questions for info and help to professor Halldór Gíslason (dori@khio.no)

10th Urban and Landscape Days, April 25-28, 2013

Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn

10TH URBAN AND LANDSCAPE DAYS International Scientific Conference Between Architecture of War and Military Urbanism. The international scientific conference “Between Architecture of War and Military Urbanism” is the 10th edition of the annual series of Urban and Landscape Days, held in Tallinn, Estonia. Organised by the Estonian Academy of Arts’ Faculty of Architecture, the event brings together architecture, planning, landscape studies, critical urban studies and art.  The conference will take place from April 25–28, 2013 in Tallinn, Estonia at the former Soviet-time train depot and manufacturing plant Telliskivi Loomelinnak (Telliskivi Creative City), located at Telliskivi street 60, Tallinn.

The panel of speakers is comprised of a truly international representation of thought (see programme for the full list here: Programme). 

The language of the conference is English.  All information regarding the programme, abstracts, excursions, news, registration and fees are listed on the website architectureofwar.artun.ee  Admission is free to students and staff of local universities, employees of government institutions, and members of the press.  Excursions and catering is for a separate fee, please see details here Registration and Fees . Prior registration is required.  

The 10th Urban and Landscape Days are supported by Estonian Academy of Arts, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, and European Social Fund through the DoRa programme.

For further information contact:

Evelin Reimand
Conference Coordinator
Tel +372 52 411 56

CIRRUS meeting to be held in Kolding, September 25-27, 2013.

CIRRUS meeting of rectors/heads and coordinators

Kolding School of Design, Denmark 
Main organizers: Lone Dalsgaard André, Anette Flinck
September 25-27, 2013


If you wish to have something on the agenda, please send your request to <af@dskd.dk>

Wednesday the 25th:

17.00: We meet at the school entrance, Ågade 10 and walk to Koldinghus Castle
17.30: Welcome to the Castle by Museum Director Poul Dedenroth-Schou at Koldinghus Castle
19.00: Dinner at Koldinghus Castle

 Thursday the 26th:

09.00 – 17.00 Program begins at the school with joint meetings.
After lunch the seminar is split up in coordinator meetings and teacher/rector meetings
18.00: Dinner at the school

PLEASE NOTE: The teacher/rector meeting will include mapping of our institutions educations. In the meeting you will put focus on HOW you teach at your institution. WHICH structure and paedagogic are the foundation of your education.

That will create a good foundation of the educational mapping that was discussed in Gothenburg. We will provide a facilitator for this process. So please bring along a person who wants to participate in this process!!

Friday the 27th:

09.00: Program begins at the school
11.30: Bus to Art Museum Trapholt

Guided tour and lunch at Art Museum Trapholt.

14.00/14.30: Bus will leave the museum so you can return home in the afternoon.


You can fly to Billund Airport which is the closest airport: http://www.bll.dk/
Or fly to Copenhagen Airport and take the train to/from Copenhagen: www.dsb.dk