© German Design Graduates

The Design Campus is the research and development platform of the Kunstgewerbemuseum for decorative arts, part of Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and located at Pillnitz Palace and Park. This curator-developed interdisciplinary think tank aims to consider the “world’s biggest questions” using design practices and cultures. Each year there is a six-week “School of Utopias” held in parallel with a series of one-week workshops run by renowned creative professionals. For the first time, Design Campus 2021 is awarding six workshop scholarships for the summer school between mid July and late August through the German Design Graduates initiative.

Thomas A. Geisler, director of Dresden’s Kunstgewerbemuseum and initiator of the Design Campus, worked with his team to pick 15 young graduates from all participating colleges and universities based on work submitted in 2019 and 2020. The criteria for the process were the social and utopian potential of the degree projects and their closeness to this year’s programme theme of “Design and democracy”, curated by Amelie Klein and Vera Sacchetti. Among other things, this theme will involve researching “mechanisms of engagement and participation” and investigating “how power structures are enacted and maintained”. The scholarships include participation in a one-week workshop as well as board and lodging. The public vote is under way on the GDG website until midnight CET on 17 April. Voters may cast three votes in total, though no more than one vote per project.

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