Imagining Tomorrow International 2019: Karlsruhe, Germany

Tentative Dates: May 24 - June 7, 2019


Imagining Tomorrow International is a two-week international seminar in which students collaborate to address questions about design thinking and future, working with clients to propose interdisciplinary solutions. The seminar is hosted by Karlshochschule International University in Karlsruhe, Germany.

About 50 students from SAIC, Karlshochschule International University, and HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, will work together on projects for non-profit organizations based in Karlsruhe focusing on social issues, locally and globally. In multidisciplinary teams, students will research and visualize the future dreams of their clients. They will delve into questions posed by the clients about sustainability, well-being, technology, creative industries, mobility, urban space, education and art. Students will use their creativity to expose social and commercial issues in an original and visionary way. This vision can be expressed in many forms, graphics, performance, film, animation, installation, objects, as long as the team’s vision is clearly articulated.

Project examples: in the previous years, the international student teams have critically looked at and developed ideas for the Dutch Red Cross, produced citizen science projects for the City of Utrecht, and worked with Makers Unite and non-for-profit organization in Amsterdam which helps connect refugees and immigrants with a creative background to the creative industry in the Netherlands.

Karlsruhe: When planning this radial city in 1715, the margraves of Baden placed a mighty baroque palace smack in the middle – an urban layout so impressive it became the blueprint for Washington, DC. Laid-back and cultured, Karlsruhe grows on you the longer you linger, with its rambling parks and museums crammed with futuristic gizmos and French Impressionist paintings. The suburbs dotted with art nouveau townhouses are a reminder that France is just 15km away. Some 43,000 students keep the vibe upbeat, and the wheels of innovation in culture and technology turning.

Who should go?
You! Artist, Designer, Critical Thinker, Collaborator, Global Citizen

  • Make international connections, collaborating with students from different universities and different countries across disciplines
  • Participate in a real professional experience which you can add to your resume
  • Explore how design and creativity can play a strategic role in society
  • Develop a ‘thinking through making’ approach where design and reflection go hand in hand

Credits: 3 credits STUDIO (3000-level)

Kirsten Leenaars, Contemporary Practices
Laura Davis, Contemporary Practices

Program fee: Approx. $1,150 (including transport during the program, accommodation and some meals; not including airfare).

PLUS Tuition cost per credit:
Undergraduate—$1,613 per credit hour;
Graduate—$1,665 per credit hour.

Airfare: Budget at least $1,400 for airfare if flying from Chicago. (Note this is only an estimated figure. The actual fare will depend on many variables including airline, number of stopovers, exchange rate fluctuations, ports of departure and return, and date of ticket purchase).

Online registration begins: March 13, 2019

Deposit due at registration: $525

Information sessions:
Monday, February 11,   12:10-12:50 p.m., MacLean room 707
Thursday, February 14,  4:15-5:15 p.m., MacLean room 112