The School of Art and Design offered the first short term study abroad course in the winter semester of 2009 in order for students to gain a broader understanding of the business of design. The special topics course “European Design Culture” organized by Professor Peter Pless, provided eight students with a rigorous ten-day tour through the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. The tour featured visits to Marcel Wanders Studio, The Design Academy Eindhoven, Vitra Design Museum (including an exclusive tour of the archives), a one on one meeting with the renowned Maarten Baas, the Milan Furniture Fair and numerous other design museums. The students found the trip to be of great value to their education not only in respect to their experiences but also to realize their potential as entrepreneurs functioning at a global level. The picture at right features Professor Pless and his class at the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany.
Vitra Design Museum
Salone Internazionale del Mobile
Human Centered Design