Spatial Design

Spatial Design - Exchange
Programme: Spatial Design
Level: Year 3
Semester: Semester 1 (start September)
ECTS: 30
Language: Dutch / English (please see below for more information on language)

Programme for exchange students Spatial Design

Course: ECTS Credits: Code and description 2024-2025:
Minor 'Spatialisation Design' 30 DES-MINSPDES-21

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Minor 'Spatialisation Design' in short

  • You work on your own design question in the spatial domain.
  • You develop your own way of working in your project by making and researching.
  • You create physical work which reflects your view on the social context of your subject

Course information

In the design minor 'Spatialisation Design' you work on your own design question in the spatial domain. In your project you develop an idea or vision about a spatial issue and you create a physical work.

Your project is located in a realistic and social context. Your own design approach and scale level are central. You discover what you want to achieve with your project and how you can achieve this with materials, visual resources, technology and acquired insights. You come to a statement while making and researching. You can approach your project more as a creator, as a researcher or as an organizer.

What will you learn?

You work independently and you are in control. You formulate a project proposal that you can realize from start to finish in one semester. You explore the state of affairs at the beginning by asking questions such as: What is already there? What has been done before? What is already known? Who are the stakeholders? What are the physical, material and technical requirements? Which experts do you involve in this? Which (emotional) interests or other factors are involved?

You draw up design requirements based on your findings. What do you want to achieve? Which spatial interventions do you want to do? What are the consequences of that? You investigate the various possibilities of your concept: you do manufacturing studies, form studies and consult literature. Then you choose one option that you elaborate in one or more products. At the end of the semester, a project presentation takes place in words, images and materials. The documentation of the research carried out for this project is also shown.

Learning goals

  1. Independently set up a design project and design a design process in the spatial domain and develop it into a presentation.
  2. Working in an investigative and making way and reaching a verdict.
  3. Developing and naming your own design possibilities and methods.
  4. To investigate, name and visualize the consequences of an intervention.
  5. Search for reference projects and solutions or experiments from other designers in different disciplines and identify their significance for your project.
  6. Reflect on your own work process and discuss it with others.
  7. Collaborate where you think it desirable.
  8. Demonstrate the significance of the project for your position in your field and field of work.

Place in the curriculum and related courses

This course is an elective module in year 3 of the Bachelor of Spatial Design.


Please note that within this minor students from different HKU programs and students from various art and design programs from other institutions in the Netherlands will participate as well as 3rd year HKU Fashion Design students.


Please note that the Bachelor programme is mainly taught in Dutch and exchange students are expected to be able to understand some Dutch. It is quite common that exchange students don't understand Dutch on a high level when they start at Spatial Design and you will of course be supervised in English.

During the Exchange period students get a buddy who will help them finding their way in the curriculum & school and will translate the essentials of classes.