ME: THE PROFESSIONAL
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.