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  • Locations: Cologne, Germany
  • Program Terms: Spring, Winter
  • Restrictions: RMIT applicants only
  • Exchange Program (Semester/Year): scroll to the Program Description to apply.

    All Other Programs: once application cycle opens, use the "Apply Now" button that will appear in this section.
Dates / Deadlines:

Exchange Program (Semester/Year) applicants: Scroll down to the Program Description to view exchange application deadlines.

All other programs: There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Key Experience Criteria
Key Experience Criteria
RMIT schools: Design Study level: Undergraduate
Program type: Study Tours (Global Intensives)
About your Experience
malte Schlict 2018Program details
  • Tour Leader: Malte Wagenfeld
  • Program Dates: 04 – 15 June 2018
  • Availability: 22 students
This is a ‘Global Intensive’ exchange studio between RMIT and KISD, Cologne Germany. The studio will include two intensive mode sessions, in mid March KISD students will spend 2 weeks at RMIT, and then in early June RMIT students (you) will be in Cologne (Köln) for the final 2 week intensive. The studio will conclude on Friday 15th June, following this you will have the opportunity to travel until the start of semester 2: 16 July 2018.

This studio will simulate a design factory, RMIT and KISD students will work collaboratively as one team producing a product range – furniture and objects - in a very short timeframe that will then be sold for profit at the end of the studio in a pop-up shop in Cologne Germany. You will work as one team scoping out the overall brand concept, and then in smaller groups developing designs that fit this larger concept.

The studio will have two key research and learning outcomes, the first considers how to generate and produce ‘high design’ - objects with a high level of social / cultural currency - products which challenge current perceptions and thinking; is designing and making objects even still relevant? This is to be a provocation, precedents include Arts & Crafts movement, Memphis / Italian Anti Design movement / Ron Arad One Off Shop / Pentagram / Droog. All these sought to challenge and question the status-quo and intended to drive a cultural, social and economic shift. You will investigate and interrogate these and other precedents.

But these precedents all had another key thing in common; they were not intended as gallery objects – even though many have ended up there - but as products to be sold.  This forms the second focus: how to use design methods, thinking and experimentation to develop an entirely new design and manufacturing enterprise and then to market and sell the product.

Key dates
9 – 29 March KISD students in Melbourne
04 – 15 June RMIT students @ KISD in Cologne Germany
Program cost
There will be expenses associated with this studio.
  • International Flights: allow for between $900 – 1500 for your flight to Germany (depending on how picky you are), you can fly to Frankfurt and then take the ICE train (45min) or you can fly direct to Cologne/Bonn or Dusseldorf airport.
  • Accommodation (see below)
  • RMIT tuition fee
  • Host country visa (if applicable)
  • Living expenses: food drink and everything is much cheaper in Germany then Melbourne: especially beer! A coffee at KISD is about $0.75, a bottle of beer is $1.50. See here for more info.
** RMIT student travel insurance:
Students are now covered by RMIT’s travel insurance, although you may require additional cover depending on your circumstances. For more info, please refer here.
  • We have run this studio for the past 2 years, we ask RMIT students to house KISD students and vice versa; so in this case accommodation is free
  • If you want a hotel room or your own B&B, expect anywhere between $30 - $100 per night for about 15 nights. For example, a 1 room B&B is about $55 per night; if you share it will be less.
  • BH104 - Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours)  students enrolled in GRAP1035 who have successfully balloted for this studio
Academic Credit
  • GRAP1035 Design in the Research Context (24 credit points)
Application and Selection process
STEP ONE: Students must enrol into GRAP1035 and then successfully ballot for this studio
STEP TWO: Successful students register for this program on Mobi by clicking on the "Apply Now" button on this page by 18 May.
Complete the following questionnaires:
  1. Outbound Student Mobility: General Information
    • Please upload a copy of your passport photo page
  2. Short Term Mobility: General Information
    • No Statement of Purpose is required – please put N/A
STEP THREE: Once your registration is complete, your status will be changed to ‘Accepted by RMIT.’ You will then need to commit to the program and complete the  Pre-departure essentials requirements.

There may be alternative ways to fund your trip. Please check the Scholarships website and Global Experience website for funding options, including OS-HELP loans.

Malte Wagenfeld
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Exchange Program (Semester/Year): scroll to the Program Description to apply.

All Other Programs: once application cycle opens, use the "Apply Now" button that will appear in this section.