Arts & crafts is part of local aesthetics, and of culture around materials and production methods. It represents a canon of values and identity, and is connected with notions of “origin,” “skills” and “uniqueness.”

Arts & crafts involves an economic system of design, production and trade. Around this, social and political systems are being transformed by digitalisation and globalisation. Booming digital technologies are disrupting design and production, as well as heavily impacting the affected societies.

How can material-based techniques and styles be renewed and digitally translated? How to establish the notion of a global digital crafts movement? Answering these questions involves creatively and individually mixing analog materials with digital methods, shared knowledge and creativity, from which new crafts communities will emerge.

Participants will be able to develop their own modes of expression, thus enabling new aesthetic qualities to emerge between craft and digitality. The results will be produced at the School of Creative Media (SCM) and exhibited in an “online gallery.” Theoretical reflections on social design will part of a forthcoming summer school publication.

International arts & crafts experts will provide insights from their daily practice while experts in social development and economics will highlight the relation between creation, production and society.

Learning Outcomes / Competences

• Exploring different crafts cultures
• Transforming ideas from analog to digital and vice versa
• Developing scenarios for social change
• Project work (using or mixing digital and analog design methods)
• Insights into Asian arts and crafts culture


21 June – 9 July 2021


The programme offers places to 30 students from the participating partner institutions from a wide range of arts and design disciplines, including performing arts, film, music, fine arts, media arts, design, and art education.

Admission Criteria and Requirements

• Proficient in English
• Level: BA, MA, MPhil, PhD
• Disciplines: all arts and design disciplines

Application Documents

• Brief statement (max 1 page): What is your background? What are your interests? What perspectives would you bring to the workshop? What do you expect from the workshop?
• Portfolio: A work sample related to the aims and contents of the Summer School (pdf, video or sound file)


Awarded as stipulated by the home institution

Student Costs

• No course fee for students from Shared Campus partner institutions

Application Process

• Submission deadline: 30 APRIL 2021
Online application (incl. submission of documents):
• Participants will be selected by the responsible faculty
• Final confirmation of participation: MID MAY 2021