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ACADEMICS

MODE OF INSTRUCTION

The Open Window makes use of contact education through the following modes of instruction – formal guidance and critiques on practical project executions, workshops, lectures, tutorials, practical workplace experience and independent self-study.

  • Each module starts with a detailed brief that provides the necessary project guidelines.
  • Specialists, who are active in the design industry, ensure hands-on, up-to-date education and training in a creative and structured way.

Language Policy
English is the medium of instruction and the assumption is that all students are able to communicate in English.

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Full-time / Part-time Students

Students may enroll for any level on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students complete a level over one academic year, while part-time students complete a level over two academic years. The course content is exactly the same. Part-time students may attend any available class; they are not limited to after-hours classes.

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Terms, Semesters and Classes

The academic year consists of four terms of approximately eight weeks each. All subjects are based on a year-course approach. Elective modules and software workshops are presented on a modular basis.

Foundation students attend a two-hour class in each subject once a week. Major subjects on second and third year-level are presented during four-hour timeslots. Classes are presented between 08:00 and 18:00. 

Evening classes (from 18:00 - 20:00) will be presented ONLY in Level 1 subjects – provided that at least five students register for that class. We will only be able to confirm that a class will continue at the end of January.

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Progress and Qualifications

Students have to complete at least 120 credits at each level before proceeding to the next level. Academic credits accumulate and a total of 240 credits are required to obtain the Diploma in Visual Communication and 360 to obtain the BA Degree in Visual Communication Design. 

Work-based Learning

The compulsory internship programme at recognised companies in the visual communication design field enables senior students to participate in real-life design projects. This helps them gain valuable insight into the day-to-day practice of a design, animation or video studio.