CIRRUS is a Nordic-Baltic network of Art and Design higher education. There are 20 excellent art and design schools from the Nordics and the Baltics in the circle of this cooperation. The central activities of the partner institutions are art and design, including innovative activities, technical development and artistic practices.

Design Jam. Art Academy of Latvia


Title of course: Design Jam
Teaching period: 4-14 June, 2019
Teacher: Martin Foessleitner

Number of available place for CIRRUS students:  2

Level: BA / MA
Venue: Art Academy of Latvia / Kalpaka bulvaris 13, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia

Language: English
Application deadline:  April 30, 2019
How to apply: Send ashort motivation and CVto
with subject title: Cirrus Design Jam
Decisions: announced by May 3, 2019
Grant available per student: 330Eur travel (Iceland 660Eur) + 70Eur weekly


Course description:

Imagine a jam session in music. You come together bringing your instruments, your skills, open mind. Someone sets up a theme, and you start to jam around it; you don’t over-analyse it, you don’t discuss it to the death, you jam. You bounce your ideas off other people and play around with what comes back. Together you build something which none of you could have built alone. And at the same time you are learning new ideas, discovering more about how you work and whom you best work with, sharpening your skills and having a great time. And who knows, maybe there are one or two ideas there which might make it to the next album.

Design Jam works just in the same way. But it’s not music you are jamming – it’s design. And it’s not just talking – you are here to turn your ideas into a concrete design, prototype and plan of action which you might want to make real. To prototype and plan it in a way that someone could go out and make it real, „creating platforms of social interactions“ knowing what resources they would need, what they should do, and who they should talk to? That’s the challenge of the jam. And finally re-checking and testing in real life.

Additional information:Teacher Martin Foessleitner (MBA Vienna University of Economics and Business) – founder and managing director of High-Performance Vienna GmBH (; board member of International Institute for Information Design; board member of designaustria; jurymember of the European Design Award. Experience sharing and teaching at Sigmund Freud University Vienna, Danube University Krems and University of Applied Sciences St.Pölten in Austria.