ME: THE PROFESSIONAL
B2B2B - Back to Back to Business
Kurs Nr.: ID.BA.P1.31
Semester: WS 2021/22
An amateur is a professional at doing something out of passion. A dilettante is an expert in failing. A professional is an amateur who is ineffective.
In this course on “Professionalization” we will fundamentally question what it means for us to be “professional”. What are the clear expertise of designers, and what soft skills do we need in a work environment? Should we flex our elbows as well as a confident manner? And can we also professionalize strategies of dilettantism and amateurism?
As one aspect of the course we will deal with the “professional” presentation of our own work: We will address questions about the portfolio (usefulness, addressee, form, scope, systematics, etc.) and (further) develop it individually – whether as a classic portfolio PDF, as a web application, or as a communication strategy. You are welcome to focus on the concrete application (for jobs, internships, MA studies, scholarships, etc.) or to plan self-employment.
Throughout the course, external experts will support us with workshops on (re)defining one’s own professionalism: In addition to rhetoric and language training as well as exercises on one’s own appearance, we want to define personal competencies and goals with the help of coaching units. And it will be about strengthening the value of work with a view to financial awareness as well as working out effective instruments against precarious working conditions.
The course begins with a five-day intensive week (November 15–19) where we lay the foundation for our own defined professionalism. By repeatedly standing up for each other and switching roles, we sharpen our focus on how to present our own creative practice. On the following dates (Thursdays, Dec. 16, Jan. 13 and Jan. 20), we will have time to further sharpen our professional presentation. In exchange with students of the Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle we will practice feedback at eye level.
Kurs Nr.: ID.BA.P1/2.01
Semester: WS 2022/23
Straight into big business after graduation? We want to understand the term business not only in the narrow sense of a trade with goods, services or an employment relationship, but also question what keeps us “busy”. What motivates us? What drives us? How do we define profit and how do we define loss?
This portfolio course (1) with an accompanying mentoring program (2) is designed to help students gain orientation for the time after graduation and to build bridges into the professional world.
(1) As a basis, we will develop presentation forms of our own work—whether as a classic portfolio PDF, as a website, business card or communication strategy. For this, we want to become aware of our resources, motivation and abilities and formulate individual goals in a productive and critical manner. You are welcome to focus on specific applications (job, internship, MA studies, scholarship, etc.), the preparation of self-employment or a general plan for the future.
(2) Back to back with experts we will reflect our positions: the individual mentoring sessions allow for specialized feedback and/or mini-internships in different fields of employment. These insights as well as the professional exchange with the mentors will support you to take the first steps into the creative industry and help you build a network.
The course takes place in “bloc A“ and requires additional capacity outside of the mandatory intensive days! We will start on Wed + Thurs, Oct 12-13, where we will lay the foundation for our portfolio and/or job applications. By swapping roles, standing up for each other and giving feedback, we practice talking about our work. In the following sessions (Mon + Tue, Oct 17-18 and Mon + Tue, Oct 24-25) there will be time to sharpen our portfolio and professional presentation. The meetings with the mentors will take place from Wed, October 26 to Wed, November 2. We will conclude the course together on Thu, November 3.