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DIS Architecture and Design 
Fall 2014 
www.DISabroad.org 
Architecture & Design Internship course 3 Credits 
Instructo...
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DIS Architecture and Design Fall 2014 
Architecture & Design Internship course 3 Credits 
www.DISabroad.org 
Course Det...
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DIS Architecture and Design Fall 2014 
www.DISabroad.org 
Architecture & Design Internship course 3 Credits 
Expectatio...
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DIS Architecture and Design Fall 2014 
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DIS AD Internship course Fall 2014

  1. 1. 1 DIS Architecture and Design Fall 2014 www.DISabroad.org Architecture & Design Internship course 3 Credits Instructor: Eva Frederiksen (efr@dis.dk) Course Assistant: Logan Woodruff (lwo@dis.dk) Location: Vestergade 7.33 Course Description This course consists of a internship practicum at an architecture/design firm in Copenhagen combined with a seminar forum which facilitates on-going reflection on the experience. The student will work 10-15 hours-per-week during their weeks based in Copenhagen and meet five times with an AD instructor and the other participating interns to reflect on the work and compare the different firms and students’ experiences. The students will create and maintain a reflective journal during the internship which will end with a critical summary of the experience. Co-requisites Simultaneous enrollment in a non-foundations level studio core course at DIS. Pre-Approval Due to limited availability and specific skill requirements, enrollment in this course requires pre-approval from the AD office in Copenhagen. Interested students need to provide a resume, transcript and portfolio material 6 weeks prior to the first day of classes in Copenhagen. Portfolio material should include images of physical models as well as drawings and renderings with clear indications of programs /techniques utilized to create them. The material will be reviewed by the AD office and candidates selected for participation in the course will be notified no later than five weeks before arrival. Learning objectives • To gain professional experience. • To gain hands-on insight into the professional design culture in Denmark. • To reflect upon practice as compared to academic learning. • To test skills and methods learned in an academic setting in a professional environment. • To prepare students for an effective transition to practice in the future. • To compare working cultures and practices of Denmark with that of the USA. Course Readings Relevant supplementary reading material will be uploaded to DIS Forum during the semester.
  2. 2. 2 DIS Architecture and Design Fall 2014 Architecture & Design Internship course 3 Credits www.DISabroad.org Course Details The core component of this course is an internship practicum at a professional architecture/design firm. The work experience is framed by an individual journal combined with a series of five meetings with the entire group of interns facilitated by the AD instructor. The intention is to create a forum for reflecting upon the work experience and will include discussions on how the student’s academic experience informs the professional work and, in turn, how the experience at the firm can influence the student’s continued education. Particular emphasis will be placed on comparing work, office and professional culture in Denmark to experience and perceptions from the USA. Students will meet with their respective firms during the first week of the semester to agree upon the exact schedule of their work during the semester. A copy of this schedule will be given to the AD instructor for review and approval as soon as it has been agreed upon with the firm. Students will connect with a responsible staff member in the firm, who will function as the students mentor during the internship pracitucm. Journal Each student will be required to maintain a journal which documents and analyzes the work experience. The journal will be concluded by a 4 page reflection paper which summarizes the students’ initial thoughts on the work experience. The journal should contain written entries as well as images from the office and of the project work involved. Photographic documentation of processes (design processes, project processes, etc.) are of particular interest and should be labeled both regarding the content as well as the student’s comments about it. It is critical that the journal be both documentation and reflection. Journals will be reviewed twice during the semester by the AD instructor. The first review will occur midway through the semester. The second after the conclusion of the course. Discussion Group All students will meet five times in a discussion group facilitated by the AD instructor. Each meeting will focus on particular topics relevant to the work experience to be discussed and compared. These discussions will be facilitated by questions issued by the AD instructor. The discussions and respective questions will be organized around three primary themes: Culture, Practice and Design.
  3. 3. 3 DIS Architecture and Design Fall 2014 www.DISabroad.org Architecture & Design Internship course 3 Credits Expectations of the Students: Students are expected to work for the firm at the times agreed at the beginning of the semester and to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. The students should see themselves as representatives both of DIS and their home institution and to conduct themselves accordingly. The journal should be actively maintained throughout the semester. Students should be well-prepared for each discussion group and participate actively. Evaluation and Grading Grading will be based on participation in the discussion sessions and the journal, including the final reflection paper which acts as the summary at the end of the journal. Grades will be based on the following Participation in Discussion Sessions 20% Journal (excluding concluding paper) 50% Concluding paper 30% Disability and resource statement Any student who has need for accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact Sean Green (sgr@dis.dk) to coordinate this. In order to receive accommodations, students should inform the instructor of approved DIS accommodations within the first two weeks of classes. Policies Attendance You are expected to attend all DIS classes when scheduled. If you miss two classes the Director of Teaching and Learning, and the Director of Student Affairs will be notified and they will follow-up with you to make sure that all is well. Absences will jeopardize your grade and your standing at DIS. Allowances will be made in cases of illness, but you will need to provide a doctor’s note. Academic Honesty DIS expects that students abide by the highest standards of intellectual honesty in all academic work. DIS assumes that all students do their own work and credit all work or thought taken from others. Academic dishonesty will result in a final course grade of “F” and can result in dismissal. The students’ home universities will be notified. DIS reserves the right to request that written student assignments be turned in electronic form for submission to plagiarism detection software. See the Academic Handbook for more information, or ask your instructor if you have questions.
  4. 4. 4 DIS Architecture and Design Fall 2014 Day Date Session Time Topic Architecture & Design Internship course 3 Credits Tu Aug 26 01 17.15 - 18.00 INTRODUCTION Introduction and review of course objectives, structure and grading. The instructor will introduce the design firms hosting interns for the semester so everyone in the group is made aware of each others’ internship locations. We, Aug 27th - Mo, Sept 1st INDIVIDUAL START-UP MEETINGS AT THE RESPECTIVE FIRMS Students contact their respective firms and meet with their mentors to agree upon the work schedule for the semester as well as discuss aligning the students’ goals and expectations with those of the firm. Sept 08 - 12 Core Course Week Tu Sept 16 02 17.15 - 18.00 CULTURE Students will present their initial impressions and thoughts regarding the professional work based on the questions provided by the instructor as well as the first pages of their journals. The primary theme of the discussion will be the office cultures as experienced by the students. Sep 27 - Oct 5 Travel Week Tu Oct 14 03 17.15 - 18.00 PRACTICE The primary theme of the discussion will be design practice as opposed to academic study and will examine observed characteristics of practice in Denmark. Fr Oct 17 12.00 JOURNAL HAND-IN Hand in journals for mid-semester review. October 18 - 26 Travel Week Fr Oct 31 04 17.15 - 18.00 DESIGN The primary theme of the discussion will be Danish design sensibilities. How is the approach to design and the design itself different from what you have experienced elsewhere, how is this manifest in the work of the firm you have been working at, how do you think the work of the firm has been most affected by being created in Denmark, etc.? November 8 - 16 Travel Week Tu Nov 25 05 17.15 - 18.00 CONCLUSION The discussion will concern overall conclusions about themes of practice as related to academic study and practice in Denmark compared to other locations. Fr Nov 28 12.00 REFLECTION PAPER AND FINAL JOURNAL HAND-IN

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