We have structured the teaching around the four main study programs: Visual Communication, Fashion & Textile design, Architecture & Urban Design, and Furniture, Interior & Product design. As it appears in the weekly schedule most of the classes take place within the main study programs, and in principle you will be working together with your co-students of the same profession Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Every Wednesday morning and evening is reserved for gaining perspectives and complementing your main profession with new insights. During each semester we have three weeks of electives; you will get to choose from a wide range of subjects. Furthermore, we have a one-week study trip and occasionally we merge and crisscross the four study programs for interdisciplinary processes.
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At DSDH we are not only concerned with formal obligations. We put a tremendous amount of care into creating the best possible stay for all of our students, and in our experience absence disrupts the teaching as well as the sense of community. Which is why attendance is compulsory for lessons, joint assignments, school meetings, and lectures.
New playmates are not only a benefit in life. We believe that meetings with other people open new perspectives and boost inspiration. During your stay at DSDH you will have several options to collaborate with others across the study program divisions. Interdisciplinary meetings have great value – professionally as well as socially.
Wednesday is vision-day. Once a week talented and interesting people will broaden your perspective with new input from the outside world. Mostly, they will give inspiring and diverse talks concerning topics such as art, photography, foodand health, political commentary, sexologist musings, philosophy, and of coursevisual communication, architecture, fashion, and design.
The exact talks vary from course to course, but at DSDH you are constantly in risk of learning something new. Occasionally the oral lectures will be replaced byworkshops, dance, yoga, meditation, or something else entirely. In the evening other subject matters will be presented; providing new insights and adding additional layers to your view on the world. These could be in the form of filmclubs, musical concerts, or literary evenings. Sometimes we have a school meeting and take up suggestions and everyday topics for crossover discussion between the different classes.
We can’t tell you beforehand where we will be headed this year, but we promise it will be an experience very far from the inane city breaks of mass tourism. We have lots of excellent contacts within trending design studios, drawing studios, and galleries who will happily open their doors to us and show us their work. An option you wouldn’t get if you were traveling solo.
We know the city well and we can find our way to wacky buildings, offbeatcourtyards, good coffee shops, quirky theaters, creative workshops, and all the interesting underground environments.
Before your stay at DSDH you choose one of the four main study programs of the school. Each program has a minimum of one permanent teacher who will follow you during your entire stay. This means you’ll have one teacher who knows youwell and has a profound understanding of how you can develop and gain as much as possible from your stay. This blend of personal and professional insight enables your teacher to provide qualified counseling and guidance.
Not everyone knows what they want when they begin their stay at DSDH, and if you are among those who hasn’t decided on a specific education yet to pursue after your stay with us; your counseling will focus mainly on clarification. You and your teacher will attempt to pinpoint your interests and map your weaknesses and strengths.
If you have already made up your mind and are certain that you want to apply to one of the architectural or design-related educations, your counseling will focus intently on preparing you and getting you through the eye of the needle to your dream education. Many of our students choose to apply to one of the architectural or design-related educations in Denmark after finishing at DSDH and most of them are admitted. Others have discovered that they don’t wish to pursue a creative career. And finally, there are those who begin the education they had planned beforehand.
Mikkel: Jeg var kørt død i mit 9-16 liv, og havde virkelig brug for at prøve mig selv af
Nicolai: Jeg har altid været den eneste kreative i min vennekreds, før jeg tog på højskole.
Harald Hermogenes Batol Bjørkum
Karla: Jeg var positivt overrasket over at der var plads til kreativ fordybelse såvel som fest og filmaftener