Introductory courses in material studies are held in the bindery workshop. Processing techniques for paper and other materials are taught and different kinds of packaging and book binding are tried out. Traditional techniques stand alongside experimental attempts with other materials. Projects in various subject areas and graduation projects are supervised. The workshop with its technical equipment allows professional technical work.
This studio, which is available for all courses in the Faculty, is used particularly by students in the basic course in Communication Design. Introductory courses on how to use the equipment, networked data exchange and operating basic software (Freehand, XPress, Photoshop) are held here. The hardware consists of Apple Power pc with 20 or 21-inch colour monitors. Scanners and laser-printers complete the equipment.
This is exclusively reserved for upper-level students. Software such as Freehand Graphics Studio, XPress, Photoshop, Linus, Ikarus and various Internet programs is available at the work stations, which are equipped with Apple Power pc and 20 or 21-inch colour monitors. Project work is done with black-and-white laser printers, colour ink jet printer and a colour photocopier with computer link. Both workshops also have Berthold and Linotype script libraries.
The artistic medium of lithography (stone printing) is taught in its various techniques such as black-and-white printing, tusche lithography and colour lithography. A prerequisite for using this studio with its hand presses, preparation stations and lab facilities is successful completion of the Foundations of Design and Graphic Representation Design I and II courses. Lithography can be selected as one component within other subject majors in the Communication Design course. Building on graphics principles and design exercises with the objective of independent work with the classic stone medium. Subject-specific foundations in the various techniques. A versatile medium, lithography combines manual/technical and artistic skills with didactic quality without being reduced to purely technical concepts – design skills that go beyond simple practice of technique to train how to handle the material.
The artistic/technical facilities allow both lower and upper-level students to realise their artistic ideas creatively. They serve the subject in terms of experimentation and execution of artistic/design conceptions and drafts, realisation of coursework and examination projects in a practice-oriented way, and implementation of cross-program and cross-faculty projects in the context of experimental research and development-. In Etching, the classic processes of deep etching: drypoint, line block, aquatint, soft ground etching (vernis mou), mezzotint etc. are taught; and in Screen Printing, the techniques of hand screen printing, material science, colour systems, printing papers and relevant machine science.
From its very beginnings up to present-day differentiation with digital technologies, the Folkwang Hochschule’s interdisciplinary approach has been based on a total-art interplay of image, sound, text, Video can supplement graphic, typographic and photographic media by adding the dimension of movement in time. Graphic, typographic and photographic design methods are used to articulate a message on the time axis. The movement of images is connected with the movement of language, sounds, tones; it is a multimedia phenomenon, complex, total-art, on a fast information highway, spanning the globe and interactive.
In its function as a interdisciplinary interface, the video workshop is a centre for experimental media concepts and installations.
Seminars and exercises introduce students to animation/trickfilm, professional handling of video technology and foundations of image and sound design with post-production software.
The mission of this workshop is to communicate traditional manual typesetting processes and thus to make students conversant with lead typefaces and their particular aesthetic and expressive possibilities. After an introduction to techniques of typesetting and simple printing processes, students can work on projects and graduation projects in the advanced-level courses. Inclusion of other print-graphic technologies – screen printing, lithography, etching, wood and lino cutting – is also possible, as is further work on printing in the bindery. Approximately 65 fonts are available in the conventional font sizes and font styles. Small print runs can be printed on three proof presses.