concept : design : inter/national

The Spark of Creativity in Dreary Times

In a country like Greece today, routinely caught between the gloom of the everyday and the tediousness of commonplace, one can still find moments that stand out, that break through the overcast skies of the dull and uninspired, drawing attention to that point where a free creative spirit still continues to shine.

A period of groundbreaking design work, from 2001 to 2011, is presented at the show entitled “concept : design : inter/national. 10 years of Vakalo Master of Arts”, which is organized within the framework of this year’s Athens Design Walk by the Vakalo Art & Design College, at the Cultural Venue ABOUT from 3 to 18 February 2012. Visitors will have the opportunity to see twenty-five selected projects from the first decade of the Vakalo’s postgraduate programmes in (a) Visual Communication & Interactive Media, and (b) Interior Architectural Design, which were the first postgraduate programmes of study in Design to be delivered in Greece.

One of the primary aims of this show is to provide a comprehensive and in-depth view of contemporary design in a wide range of areas such as visual communication, typography, product design, advertising, multimedia, web design, animation, theatre design, design of commercial and residential spaces, landscape design etc.), so as to demonstrate the important role played by design in our culture, society, economy, politics etc.

One of the achievements of the Vakalo postgraduate studies is that it did not restrict itself to the mere provision of systematic education of high standards, but provided the basis for the promotion of design as a creative practice in Greece, offering the opportunity to young talent and professionals to develop original ideas of high quality which literally break new ground, setting the pace and responding to the most crucial questions and issues of our times.

In keeping with its time-honoured educational and cultural strategy, the Vakalo College in the academic year 2000-2001 inaugurated its postgraduate studies (validated as MA programmes by the University of Derby, UK), which have gained international acclaim, evidenced by repeated distinctions and prizes gained by its alumni in major international competitions (e.g. Prix Möbius International 2006, World Expo 2011) and the enrolment of students from abroad. As of the current academic year the two postgraduate subject areas are served by renewed and restructured programmes offering a total of ten specialization pathways.

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Opening:Friday 3rd of February 2012
Duration: February 3rd – February 18th 2012

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