Program Details

Students can take part in the program for a semester or full academic year. You may choose from the following array of studios, workshops, and courses. Full-time study generally consists of the following components each semester : · 1 studio · 2 workshop
Location:
Tel Aviv, Israel
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:
Today’s design world calls for well-rounded professionals who have mastered a wide range of practical techniques and tools and are able to bring an multidisciplinary perspective to the social, economic, political, and environmental issues that connect us all. At the COMAS Center for Interdisciplinary Design (CID), we offer designers and students platforms from which to explore, innovate, and implement design while intertwining theory and practice, technology and humanity, designer and community, art and commerce. The CID’s Design Semester provides ambitions designers a unique opportunity to gain hands-on design experience in Israel. We invite undergraduate and graduate design students and early-career design professionals from around the world to choose from our range of design studios, workshops, and courses to create a semester experience that is tailored to your interests and career goals. You will study and work alongside Israeli students, and all work can be completed in English. At the end of the program, participants will have a more diverse and professionalized portfolio of work, new skills, and technical abilities – going beyond just the academic knowledge that you might get through coursework and exams alone. The program is open to individuals with an academic background in art or design – any field from interior and industrial design through to visual design and video/animation. Participants may be advanced undergraduate students (third or fourth year of study), graduate students, recent graduates, and early-career design professionals. All work can be completed in English – knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary.

Students can take part in the program for a semester or full academic year. You may choose from the following array of studios, workshops, and courses. Full-time study generally consists of the following components each semester : · 1 studio · 2 workshops · 1-2 courses in technology/software/business You may, however, choose a different number or combination of program components after consulting with the program director. View the complete catalogue of design studios, workshops, and courses. Design Studios (8 COMAS credits = 12 ECTS/5 US credits) Design Studios meet twice a week, exploring design processes from initial ideas to complex design projects. Each studio explores specific design challenges in depth, using various design strategies within the context of the Israeli setting. Studios are based on variety of collaborations and real-life projects with local communities, municipalities, and businesses. Workshops (3-4 COMAS credits each = 4-6 ECTS/2-3 US credits) Workshops meet once a week and focus on hands-on exploration of variety of specific design subjects. Workshops emphasize the demonstration and application of techniques and skills based on interaction among participants. Whereas the Design Studio focusses on strategy and planning, at the end of each workshop students come out with a real product in hand. Courses (2-4 COMAS credits each = 3-6 ECTS/1-2 US credits) Courses in software, business topics, and technology involve approximately 1.5-3 hours/week of classroom time, and allow students to add an area of expertise to their studies also from outside the typical design curriculum.

Cost:
$3,060 USD for a full-time semester program (16-22 COMAS credits = 24-30 ECTS/10-14 US credits). Please note: · Tuition fee does not include accommodation and meals. · Program fees are waived for students from COMAS partner institutions. · Fees for part-time studies or additional components will be adjusted.

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