University Centre undergraduates take design inspiration from Berlin

Design undergraduates from the Hugh Baird University Centre recently travelled to Berlin to expand their knowledge and gain inspiration from museums dedicated to elements of the design industry.

The undergraduates, are studying on the Foundation Degree and BA (Hons) Top up course in Graphic Arts, both of which are validated by The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), spent a week in the German capital and made the most of their visit by packing in a host of cultural and educational experiences.

Buchstabenmuseum was first on the group’s itinerary. Opened in 2005, the Buchstabenmuseum is an entire museum dedicated to the preservation of letters and characters. The displays and artefacts of the museum complemented the studies of the group perfectly as they are currently examining the evolution of font design and type history as part of their first year projects.

On day two, the students visited Berlin’s Museum of Design the Bauhaus Archiv, home to art pieces, items, documents and literature which relate to the Bauhaus School, one of the most influential schools of architecture, design and art of the 20th century. Here the group discovered the importance of mixing design and style with functionality and comfort thanks to an exhibition on chair design.

The visited also enabled the group to learn how design and architecture can also be used to commemorate and remember as they visited a number of historic sights and memorials. In the city’s Treptower Park, they visited the Soviet War Memorial which was constructed to commemorate 5,000 of the 80,000 Soviet soldiers who fell in the Battle of Berlin in 1945. They also paid their respects at Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial. The memorial, designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold, is made up of huge blocks that differ in size thus changing the flow of light between them at different times during the day.

Speaking on returning to the Hugh Baird University Centre, undergraduate Alex Parry said:

“The trip to Berlin was brilliant on so many levels. I learnt a lot from the design museums and will certainly be drawing on what I saw there to inspire my work over the next two years here at the University Centre. The visits to the memorials also really made us think about our history and remember how lucky we are.”

Andy Jones, lecturer in Graphic Arts accompanied them on the trip. He said:

“This trip is typical of the kind of experiences we try to provide our students at the University Centre. We offer small group sizes so it is a lot easier to organise trips such as this one to Berlin. I hope the students got as much from the trip as I did. By ensuring our students have a rounded understanding of design and its history, we hope that, when it comes to job interviews and networking, they are able to have more complete conversations with others in the design industry.”

Photos from the trip can be view on our Facebook page, here.

For more information about our University level Graphic Arts courses, visit this page.

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