School of Form
The School of Form is a design faculty of the University of Social Science and Humanities
(SWPS), which admited its first students in October 2011. Regular studies last for
3.5 years, and the graduates receive the SWPS bachelor’s degree in design.
Combining elements of education in design and humanities, the unique curriculum
was developed by a team of experts guided by Lidewij Edelkoort, long-term
head of Design Academy Eindhoven, who is the strategic director and mentor
of the School of Form. Thus devised, the design studies curriculum was awarded
the highest number of points in a call for proposals announced by the Polish
Ministry of Science and Higher Education for government-supported courses.
First-year students attend six-week courses in each of the four specialisations
offered by the School of Form: domestic design, fashion design, communication
design, and industrial design. This allows them to understand the specificity
of each field, and the discovery of their own predispositions and interests,
helping to choose a single final specialisation with the second year of studies
already giving a deeper insight into it. In parallel, the students participate in
classes in the humanities and social sciences: anthropology, philosophy, psychology,
and sociology. They learn the rudiments of these disciplines to focus
on studying two selected ones in the second year. In the last three semesters
of education, students use a selected field of humanities of their choice to
develop their diploma project.
All classes, including also theoretical ones, are held as open interactive workshops.
The students practice experimental and conceptual design, and also means
of presenting solutions. Each task includes a project that can just be a simple
sketch, a model, a more advanced prototype, or a fully functional object. The
students have professionally furnished modern sewing and tailoring equipment,
photography and video, metalworking, and carpentry equipment, computers,
and ceramic laboratories and workshops at their disposal.