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The summer term at many colleges and universities this year was shaped by largely digital classes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, the end of each term brings tours and annual exhibitions with it. For reasons known only too well, many design schools put out a call for digital participation this time and, in doing so, provided an outstanding opportunity to learn about the state of design education and see what topics and issues are driving the upcoming generation of designers. Here is an initial selection of online events:

The Schools of Art and Design at Offenbach University of Art and Design will be showing their “Interventions” digitallyand publicly until 12 July.

The annual exhibition of the University of the Arts Bremen is taking place exclusively digitally until 24 July. It has an option of taking a stroll on a digital map that acts as a guide through the different works from the Integrated Design and Digital Media programmes.

Students at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design are also using an interactive platform to present their latest coursework and projects, which are mostly the product of a term of digital teaching. This year’s tour will be from 17 to 19 July.

Online auf der interaktiven Budding designers from the Department of Design at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences are presenting their work in an online publication due to the current circumstances and to respect the health of everyone involved and interested.

The Design Faculty at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen is going to present a televised live stream featuring an interactive programme of workshops, performances, concerts and more on 17 July from 7 p.m.

The Potsdam University of Applied Sciences will be presenting art and design work in a show called “Klimaschau” (“Climate Show”) as part of an online exhibition called “Utopias for the Present Day”, beginning on 17 July.

Art and design work from Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle will also be presented on a digital platform from 17 July. Individual projects, exhibitions and creative interventions on-site in the city of Halle will also invite guests all throughout the summer.

The School of Design at Pforzheim University will be putting together a virtual exhibition entitled “Werkschau” (“Work Show”) with a theme of “Stay in touch, without touching”. It will show what subjects the “upcoming designers have been working on – offline, at home, online, alone, with each other – in this unusual semester marked by coronavirus. The exhibition will run from 24 to 31 July. Browse by, say hi!”

From 30 July to 2 August 2020, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar is extending an invitation to its digital and networked annual exhibition, “summaery2020 remote”, coordinated by its Faculty of Civil Engineering. Numerous projects from the Faculties of Architecture and Urbanism, Civil Engineering, Media, and Art and Design can be explored virtually and in the city of Weimar.

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