This seminar research-based course draws upon traditional crafts and contemporary design to explore emerging technologies of making within an International Context. This International Collaboration is a virtual cross-cultural bridging of Willem de Kooning Academy, in Rotterdam, NL, St Lucas School of Arts in Antwerp, BE and MICA, Baltimore, USA students to encourage global exposure, diversity, cross-pollination and trans-cultural discussions about design, craft and emerging technologies. Students share experiences and technical information, participate in an intense workshop with their overseas peers, share resources, collaborate on projects, and connect through social media and other digital interfaces. Students and faculty will visit with our counterparts, virtually, through a residency working collaboratively around a theme, going from ideation to designing to creating prototypes, accumulating in an online presentation. In addition, a visit to the Dutch Design Week, Design Academy Eindhoven graduation show and a workshop at Fashion Tech Farm and TU/e Wearable Senses Lab will contribute to the critical international dialogue about the state of design in the world right now.

In October of each year, Dutch Design Week (DDW) takes place in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The biggest design event in Northern Europe presents work and ideas of more than 2600 designers to more than 350,000 visitors from home and abroad. In more than hundred locations across the city, DDW organizes and facilitates exhibitions, lectures, prize ceremonies, networking events, debates and festivities. 

DDW is different from other design events, because it concentrates on the designs of the future. Although during the event every imaginable discipline and aspect of design is on offer, the emphasis is on experiment, innovation and cross-overs. Exceptional attention each year goes to work and development of young talent.

The festival will take place both online and ‘live’. The recent easing in RIVM Covid-19 regulations facilitates the expansion of the ‘live’ component. Therefore, designers can now apply to participate in both the online and physical components of the festival.

There will be an extensive online program with virtual exhibitions by designers around the world, live streams, video content, DDW talks, virtual parties and more. All approved participants will be part of the online program and will have designated digital space at their disposal, where they can lay out a virtual 3D exhibition