This is a new program at the University of Alberta (UofA) called E3. In this program students have the opportunity of undertaking three related courses while situated in Germany: language; internship; and an academic course. This summer (2016) I will be teaching the academic course Critical Design: Practice, Space & Place in Berlin.
I think combining the internship with the course would be a fantastic opportunity (one I wished I had while a student). Students from outside the UofA can take these courses through the Open Studies program and credit can fully transfer (although that is decided by the student’s host institution).
I have attached the Berlin E3 programme printout: DES338One-Pager. I think it is a fabulous opportunity. If you have students and they have any questions send them my way, I am more than happy to answer any questions by email. If numerous students are interested, we can have a skype session (ask Dennis Cheatham about coordinating this).
Here as well is the official link:
Some further info on the course:
- Students can choose which components they wish to do, for example they could just take the academic course, OR the academic course and the internship, OR also include the language instruction. Note students cannot take the internship on its own.
- We have a member of staff in Berlin the whole year working to arrange the internships before and during the whole process to support the students.
- The academic course will feature design students from a variety of areas and fields. As such the areas of design that will be explored will be many and diverse, the course will enable this opportunity with a focus on outcomes in addition to outputs.
- The course will also look to involve and take advantage of local communities, studios, cultural institutions and designers.
Any questions please let me know.
Associate Professor in Design Studies &
Coordinator of Art & Design Fundamentals
University of Alberta
3-77A Fine Arts Building, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2C9
p: 001 780 492 8591