What is a station?
Students, instructors and tutors work in and around the stations: nodes where knowledge and relevant, high value instruments are collected. Only when lights go out here, the whole WdKA will go to sleep. Stations are not the ‘property’ of any particular major or practice, but are rather a meeting place for students and teachers across subjects and years. At the stations you can find the facilities and expertise that you need to carry out your work. Their expertise covers software, hardware, technology, equipment and machinery. Tutors, instructors and student assistants are present at the stations all day – and in the evening – to help you.
You have access to the following stations:
At the core of this station is the design of ‘behaviour’ and its most important components interaction and interface design. In the age of omnipresent computers and electronic networks, designing interaction is ever more complex. You focus on the development of both software and hardware interfaces.
Image & Sound Station
This station offers facilities for ‘time-based storytelling’: images, time, narration, sound and light. You can learn about various types of media, both in terms of the technology and of content; you also learn how to use these and to experiment with them.
At the heart of this station are reproduction (print), presentation and publication in terms of print and digital media. It offers access to both analogue ‘traditional’ reproduction methods such as graphic, screen print and type setting, as well as new digital 2D reproduction methods such as electronic and online publishing and e-publishing.
This station’s materials are wood, metal, ceramic, plastic, 3D digital manufacturing technology and material innovation. You get hands-on knowledge of a whole range of materials and digital manufacturing technology. One important issue is how ‘new’ digital manufacturing technology can influence and modernise traditional ‘crafts’.
This station works with textiles, fashion and innovative materials. Learn hands-on to distinguish different materials and techniques to explore, develop and give greater depth to textiles and fashion. An important issue is how ‘new’ digital manufacturing techniques can influence and modernise existing ‘crafts’.
At this station, you will learn ‘the art of drawing’: basic, general drawing skills. Even in the era of digital media, drawing is an immediate and crucial way of visualising: it’s a basic skill.
Creative professionals need entrepreneurial skills in order to be successful in competetive markets, both nationally and internationally. Apart from specific programmes and modules, we offer a wide range of activities and events about running a business. Naturally, you can always come to our Business Station with pressing questions anytime during your study, or even after you have graduated.
What can you do at a Station?
You take lessons and instruction, while working on your regular quarterly projects. Outside these projects, you can work independently at the stations. You can also choose from a diverse range of instruction sessions and courses. This will allow you to familiarise yourself with particular technologies and equipment and to be able to use them in ways that are uniquely your own. You can learn techniques that are of interest to you and develop the skills that you are interested in or that complement the projects that you have chosen.
A station as a knowledge domain
Research is done at stations into new developments and innovations in the worlds of technology, art and design. The application of new technologies is under constant scrutiny, and students learn to be aware of current technologies and how to make well-founded decisions in how to apply these technologies. This seamlessly complements the premise that, during your studies at the academy, you learn by doing and then reflect on what you have done. The stations are an environment in which making and doing – and of course thinking – are encouraged and supported. Here you do not only work with your fellow students and tutors from your major, but also with students and tutors from other majors and years.
To experience our brand new stations and state-of-the-art facilities for yourself, please visit our Open Days; for further info, go here.