CIRRUS/Nordplus mobility 2019 agreement has been prolonged until May 31, 2021 (instead of September 30, 2020). All activities – projects and teacher/student mobilities alike – may take place also in 2020/2021 (in parallel with the new agreement due to arrive in May)
Digital mobility announced by Nordplus – possibility to buy soft-and hardware if needed, to make N+ mobility happen in digital formats.
CIRRUS online network meeting will happen in May/June 2020.
The spread of the COVID-19 virus has naturally raised questions among project managers and individuals who have received funding from Nordplus. For this reason, the Nordplus National Agencies wish to convey the following message regarding participants’ trips that are currently underway or ahead.
It is clear that Nordplus mobilities and other Nordplus project activities will be affected in the coming weeks and months. Nordplus beneficiaries are encouraged to keep a close eye on information on their respective national authorities’ websites and follow the recommendations given there.
Promoters evaluate to the best of their ability whether trips will be delayed due to the virus. Irreversible costs for travel that occur due to the virus and fall on Nordplus projects will normally be accepted as project costs in the final report even if the trips have not been completed.
We ask all the Nordplus project coordinators who are forced to change their plans to send a written explanation to their respective Nordplus National Agency or the sub-programme ‘s administrator informing about the change to their projects.
The National Agency handles such requests individually but draws attention to the fact that the approved grant cannot exceed the total amount allocated to the project.
It is important that all data (proof of cost) is kept available in order to document the reasons why the project has changed its plans.
Nordplus would also like to draw the attention to the following extraordinary changes to the Nordplus regulation:
– In mobility projects: “Digital mobility” will exceptionally by accepted as “regular mobility” from now and until the end of June 2020
– In collaboration projects: Costs linked to on-line meetings replacing planned physical meetings will exceptionally be accepted from now and until the end of June 2020.
-Beneficiaries with open grant agreements will also have the option of extending the project period to be able to carry out postponed activities.
Approved funding for “digital activities” can be used for direct costs such as IT-support service or to purchase needed hardware and/or software or indirect cost such as training for participants. Approval of these costs will be a temporary exception from the general Nordplus funding rules set out in the handbook due to the exceptional situation created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Approved funding for “digital implementation” cannot exceed the grant that has been allocated to the “original implementation” of a given activity.
This will apply for active projects/networks (2017, 2018 and mostly 2019 allocation – not for future 2020 agreements).
Do not hesitate to contact the Nordplus office closest to you for further information or clarification.
Design education is constantly evolving. From local craft schools of early 20th century to current international and trans-disciplinary academies, the speed of change has picked up pace. What constitutes a design curriculum in these uncertain times? What skills do our students really need in the future?
Next to traditional studies on form and aesthetics, new topics emerge from collaborations with other fields such as natural and social sciences, business, law, etc. Joint projects bind together very different kind of knowledge. Cultural variety of our schools has dramatically increased. Changes in environment and politics bring new responsibilities. Designers’ skill-set are endlessly expanding. We are expected to be makers, artists, scientists, managers, facilitators, advisers, engineers, marketers, builders, visionaries, psychologists, leaders, custodians, technologists, philosophers… in a word, experts in everything. Brand new programs and schools are emerging, new avenues of research opening up everywhere.
In Tallinn, we invite everyone to celebrate and to exchange experiences about new pedagogical formats and discourses, about skills taught in your schools.
We also encourage a discussion: what’s the relationship of traditional and new design skills in current design education? Is the identity of a designer dissolving or emerging?
Who’s welcome to join the discussion? Everyone who values skills and values combining them; teachers of exciting multi-. cross-, inter- and transdisciplinary courses; everyone involved in curriculum development and pushing boundaries of design; heads of programs and study modules.
Keywords: preparing students for uncertainty, life after graduation, teaching and assessment in the future, what’s important for teachers/students, new identities, communication of cultures, cooperation, engagement with society, social responsibility, sustainable development.
REGISTRATION FORM (the registration has been completed) Please register due February 13, 2020. Participation fee to cover coffee-breaks, lunches and dinners is 100 EUR per person. Excursion fee for extra fee 50 EUR.
Hotel information: We have prebooked Swissotel Tallinn at a discount rate. When booking, please refer to “CIRRUS”. Reservations should be made by e-mailing to Reservations.Tallinn@swissotel.com or by calling: +372 624 0000. Discount rates: March 17 – 19 = 105 EUR a night March 20 = 110 EUR a night Hotel reservations will be held until February 13, 2020.
Getting around: Tram No 4 connects the airport (direction Tondi) to the hotel, station “Paberi”. Ticket purchased from the driver costs 2 EUR, green SMART card may be purchased from the R-Kiosk at the airport or port for 2 EUR, which enables you to buy e.g a 5-EUR three-day ticket for public transport in Tallinn. The green card may be returned to the R-Kiosk at departure in the port or airport. Taxi between 7-10 EUR. Commuting to EKA, Põhja pst 1 from Swissotel: Walking route, 30 minutes Tram no 2 (direction Kopli) from “Paberi” to “Põhja puiestee” stop, 15 minutes. Tram departs in every 7 minutes. Taxi (5-7 EUR), 10 minutes
Support to participation: CIRRUS will support from mobility funds the participation of two teachers per institution at the seminar, covering the travel / hotel up to the following rates: Iceland 600 EUR per person, the other members 300 EUR per person. These sums can be applied for by filling in and sending the teacher mobility form to the CIRRUS coordinator by the sending institutions’ CIRRUS coordinator. The sums will be paid to the sending institutions’ account.
Optional tour on Friday night: Rright after General Assembly 2, the ones who have signed up to Friday night excusion, will depart from the academy to Arvo Pärt Centre guided tour and dinner at Laulasmaa Spa. (appr 15.30 – 21.00) Note: excursion for extra cost of 50 EUR.
The Faculty of Telšiai (Vilnius Academy of Arts) is hosting a Cirrus express course: “Ceramic shell bronze casting”. Teachers: David Snoo Wilson (Royal College of Art, UK) Level: BA/MA Teaching period: from the 17th of March to 27th of March, 2020. ECTS: 3 ECTS Number of available place for Cirrus students: 5 Muziejaus st. 29a, Telšiai (270 km away from Vilnius), Lithuania Grant: 330 EUR travel / 660 EUR Iceland travel+70 EUR weekly
The Jewellery and Metal department of the Academy of Arts will host a workshop on the process of lost-wax casting in bronze, using the ceramic shell method. The course will be taught by David Snoo Wilson, formerly of the Royal College of Art foundry. Students from all Cirrus institutions are invited to attend the course.
The materials will cost 20 Euro for each participant after arrival.
The course aims to provide an introduction an understanding to the methods and materials of ceramic shell bronze casting; students will be guided in safely taking their sculpted or cast wax form towards a finished, small bronze object or sculpture. This includes:
-Overview of the foundry process -Mould making -Wax working -Using ceramic shell for investment -How to set up a small foundry -pouring of hot metal -finishing and basic platination
The course is led over ten days, allowing time to experiment with materials and process, so the scale of the sculptures should be manageable within the time: the size of a hand or smaller. Students will develop their ideas, each applying the principles to their own practice towards a new work in the medium, discussing and displaying them together.
Students are asked to direct their work towards the chosen theme: ‘Alchemy and Foundry: The Transformative Power of Fire and the Furnace’. During the course, talks relating to the content will take place.
Applications should include your name, surname, home school, study year and level, a motivation statement (max 250 words), a link to your portfolio and CV and phone number. All applications should be sent to email@example.com
EXTENDEDDeadline to apply: March 2, 2020
About the teachers:
David Snoo Wilson is a founder and artist that has been teaching bronze casting for the last 10 years, most recently at the Royal College of Art, London, UK. Uniquely at the heart of his studio practice is the beautiful alchemy of melting metal. Specializing in bell casting and surrounding technology, he uses a mobile foundry to cast bells in many locations outside of the traditional industrial set up, creating a spectacle and a show.
From Monday 27 January to Friday 7 February, 2020 we run a Masterclass called DesignCamp 2020 – future scenarios focusing on Industry 4.0 companies to develop near-future scenarios of their technologies. Students will approach the challenges through the themes Design for Planet, Design for People and Design for Play.
4 companies will participate and they will be presented for 3 solutions to their challenges. The three solutions will be representing Planet, People and Play.
The 4 companies are:
– Leap Technology
– Nord Modules
– Danish Wind Power Academy
Your master students are more that welcome to participate! Since there is not that long time to it takes place then just ask your students to mail me if they are interested and then I will take it from there. The more the better! Deadline is 18 January.
Support: 330 EUR travel/660 EUR + 70 EUR weekly
Interested CIRRUS students to email Anette Flinck firstname.lastname@example.org due Jan 18, 2020 about your interest.
Title of course: Stories of our clothes (textile workshop) Teaching period: 20.01.2020.-24.01.2020. Teacher: Annika Kiidron ECTS: 1.5
Number of available places for CIRRUS students: 2
Level: BA / MA Venue: Art Academy of Latvia / Kalpaka bulvaris 13, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia
Language: English Application deadline: January 10, 2020 How to apply: Send a short motivation and some photos of your art works (could be portfolio, electronic version or web link) to the e-mail address: email@example.com with subject title: Cirrus Stories of our clothes Decisions: announced by January 14, 2020 Grant available per student: 330Eur travel (Iceland 660Eur) + 70Eur weekly NB! Students need to bring their own laptops.
Requirements: Basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and textile techniques is needed.
Stories of our clothes. Unconventional digital surface design for fashion items.
Through the decades the clothing have carried secret messages. The pattern, colour, form and texture of the clothing – they all have had a very special tale to tell in our history.
You could easily tell a story of a person just by seeing their atttire, village of origin, marriage status etc, it all was coded into clothes. Surface design and patterns of the clothing held protective patterns and secret codes from our ancestors – they belived to bring safety, good health, peace of mind and prosperity. That was one of the reasons clothes were worn until they fell apart – because they were unique personal storytellers.
Nowadays when the fast fashion rules the world, we have almost lost our personal identity in clothing, masses all look alike. But at the same time, new generations, especially gen z are believed to be the most individualised crowd in history.
This course will work with personal stories. How to tell a unconventional visual story in form and surface design, how to emphasize the wearers body with pattern layout.
Now, with the digital revolution, textile surfaces can be manipulated even more, the meaning of the rapport have new dimensions. Textile artist have limitless ways to tell a story by using crossover techniques, digital tools and new technologies. The possibilities are immense.
Level: MA Credits: 4,5 ECTS Course teachers: Kristina Aas and Tim Parry-Williams Teaching period: 2-27 March 2020 (weeks 10-13) Week 10: Monday – Wednesday Weeks 11-12: Tuesday – Thursday Week 13: Wednesday – Friday
Location: KMD Textile workshop (Bergen) / Innvik AS (Stryn)
Number of available places for KUNO/Cirrus students: 2
How to apply: Please send a motivation letter, CV and digital portfolio (4-8 works) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: 5 January
Students will be introduced to the theories of advanced woven construction, through multiple warp and weft systems, layers and complex structures in order to create motif and image-based outcomes.
Workshop practice will include direct exploration and sampling of key principles with TC-1 and TC-2 jacquard, and digital dobby looms.
Software introduction will include: WeavePoint, Nedgraphics (Texelle / Product Creator) and the use of Photoshop, as a portfolio of digital tools.
Training will also support the development of outsource-ready digital files.
A study trip to a weaving factory will facilitate the observation and production of individual ideas at full-scale.
Goals and contents
Establish understanding of multiple warp / weft systems.
Develop working competency with relevant digital software.Develop working competency with relevant digital software. Build capacity to translate ideas to outsourced production.
Teaching and Learning Methods
Lectures. Workshop-based research and development. Industrial trialling and production. Group and individual tutoring. Peer critique.
Advanced understanding of key principles of woven textile construction. Cognitive skills in translating ideas from artistic concept to production. Professional skills in research, development and execution of projects.
Requirements for prior knowledge
Internal (KMD) applicants: Minimum of BA1 Textiles Introduction and Core Course completions.
External applicants: MA level only
Expression of Interest through a motivation letter outlining skills, experience, and rationale.
Additional costs for the trip to Innvik factory (travel and accommodation + meals) must be covered by the participating students.
The aim of workshop is to explore the possibilities of foil-print and foil-tooling technologies, as well re-using printed matter in creating an artist book. In the course students will be introduced to techniques as hand tooling, cliché print, foil drawing, digital foil-print and other foil transferee possibilities.
Organization of the course
Presentation of techniques and materials
Practical tasks, experimenting, idea sketching
Making micro edition of artist-book in group work
Techers: prof. Lennart Mänd (department of Accessory design and bookbinding EKA), prof. Liina Siib (department of Graphic Art EKA)
Number of available places for Cirrus students: 2
Requirements: course is opened to BA and MA students but applicants should have finished at least 1 year at the bachelor level in design or art.
Application deadline: 10th December, 2019
How to apply: Send your full name, name of home school and name of the program you study in and a motivation letter (max 1 page), digital portfolio or homepage or some samples of you previous work to email@example.com
Upon successful application, grant can be applied for like described here.
The Nordplus programme has shifted its deadline and is now February 1, (used to be March 1). By January 16, 2020 we kindly ask your project descriptions along with the budget file in order to insert it in the application system of Nordplus. Please use Nordplus Handbook (pages 26 – 34) or turn to CIRRUS coordinator to find out more.
The project proposals will be evaluated by Nordplus project evaluation committee. If your project gets funding, you can use the grant from June 15, 2020 – September 30, 2021. It is possible to apply for projects that last for up to 3 years.
MORE IN DETAIL: (copied from NP handbook)
Intensive courses Nordplus Higher Education awards grants for intensive courses lasting between one week (five working days) and one month. Courses may take place during term time or in the summer by way of short courses, symposiums, master classes or workshops. Intensive courses must include students and academic staff from at least three different countries. The courses must yield ECTS points and must be recognised as part of the students’ degree. The number of ECTS points should be stated in the application. PhD students may act as teachers on intensive courses. They are not eligible for a grant if they are students in the programme. The same intensive course can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted. It is recommended that the hosting institution is rotated.
Joint study programmes Nordplus Higher Education awards grants for development of joint study programmes. Nordplus joint study programmes are defined as follows: – Programmes are full-degree study programmes established according to national legislation. – Programmes lead to a degree recognised by national authorities. – Degree certificates with a Diploma Supplement are issued according to national legislation. – Mobility is integrated into the programme setup. – Programmes are developed jointly, and all courses and study units should be approved by all participating parties. – The collaborative venture is governed by a signed agreement defining its aims as well as the roles of the participating parties. The same joint study programme can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted. Joint study programmes are complex processes. HEIs can combine Nordplus and Nordic Master grants in various ways. More information on Nordic Master is available on www.nordicmaster.org. The website consists also of many useful handbooks and guides on joint programmes.
Development projects Nordplus Higher Education offers grants for innovative development projects within the field of Higher Education. Apart from joint curriculum planning and joint modules, projects may focus on issues such as: – Collaboration with the labour market – Quality assurance – The dissemination and use of results achieved by networks and projects – The development of collaborations with other institutions in the public or private sectors as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) within Higher Education – The development of new teaching methods. The same project can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted.