Architecture & Design
In Scandinavia, the built environment considers people, community, and well-being.
Engage in explorations of Danish and Scandinavian design philosophies, combining strong traditions with the contemporary energy of new-wave architects and designers.
IS THIS PROGRAM FOR YOU?
It’s a good fit if you study:
Fall/Spring, 6 Credits
Architecture Design Studio:
- Fine Arts
- Interior Architecture
- Interior Design
- Landscape Architecture
- Studio Art
- Urban Design
In this studio you engage in an exploration of Danish and Scandinavian design practice through challenging assignments addressing real sites and issues in and around Copenhagen. Studio groups combine students of different levels and backgrounds. This course is taught vertically, and expectations relate to you as an individual student.
Architecture Foundations Studio:
You develop design skills through analysis of existing buildings and by solving realistic architectural problems in a Danish context. In studio projects, you construct spatial models in physical and digital media and advance your communication skills in expressing abstract concepts. Studios are taught vertically, combining students of different levels. Expectations relate to you as an individual student.
Spring Only, 6 Credits
Interior Architecture Studio:
Studio focuses on interior architectural design in a Danish context and developing a concept and project design within an existing structure. You create a design concept shaping interior space and user experience. Adaptive reuse and transformation features are among the prioritized challenges in which you engage. Studio groups combine students of different levels and backgrounds. This course is taught vertically, and expectations relate to you as an individual student.
Interior Architecture Foundations Studio:
You develop design skills through analysis of existing interiors and by solving realistic design problems in a Danish context. In studio projects, you construct spatial models in physical and digital media, and advance your communication skills to express abstract concepts. Studios are taught vertically, combining students of different levels. Expectations relate to you as an individual student.
Fall/Spring, 6 Credits
Urban Design Studio:
Using Copenhagen as a laboratory, you solve realistic problems using analytical and design methods specifically devised for urban design and landscape issues. Some sections in studio focus on issues of human scale, temporary use, and sustainable design. Studio groups combine students of different levels and background. This course is taught vertically, and expectations relate to you as an individual student.
Urban Design Foundations Studio:
This studio offers you an opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge of the field of urban design, and develop your creative design skills in a studio setting. Design projects are the basis for discussions, presentations, and the development of individual design skills. You work in physical and digital media to construct spatial models and further your graphic and verbal communication skills in conveying abstract spatial concepts. Studios are taught vertically, combining students of different levels. Expectations relate to you as an individual student.
CORE COURSE STUDY TOURS
All studios travel on interdisciplinary study tours to the following destinations:
- Week-Long Study Tour: Germany-Netherlands or Finland-Sweden
- Core Course Week: Berlin (Full/Year Students Only) or Denmark
All studios have prerequisites based on the level of the studio:
Visit our website to view the full course list of over 250 additional electives!
- Studio Courses: Enrollment at a professional school or department of architecture or design. Completion of a minimum of two spatial design studios at university level.
- Foundation Studio Courses: One drawing course at university level.
- Additional Portfolio Needs: Examples of studio work in a portfolio to be submitted to studio instructor at the beginning of the semester. This will allow the professor to become acquainted with the design skills of each student.
DIS Copenhagen offers a range of programs for undergraduate students. Students choose a core course from one of these programs: architecture and design, biomedicine, child diversity and development, communication and mass media, European culture and history, European politics, global economics, international business, justice and human rights, medical practice and policy, migration and identity, psychology, public health and sustainability in Europe. This core course has two course-integrated study tours: one short regional study tour and one longer tour to a European destination relevant to the core course content. In addition students can choose from a wide array of other courses either within their chosen program, or as electives.
Students of junior or senior standing with at least a 3.0 GPA can spend semester I, Interim and semester II or the full year studying at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. The courses are selected to cover fields where Scandinavia can offer English-speaking students a unique academic experience. International business courses will, in most cases, apply to the management or finance area of emphasis in economics or to the management concentration. Selected courses may count toward many majors, including Economics, Biology, History and Art, as well as the Nordic Studies Concentration. Courses have been approved for HBS, HWC, ALS-L, WRI, and ALS-A. Classes are taught in English by Danish faculty members. A complete catalogue is available from the program advisors or Office of International and Off-Campus Studies; you can also browse courses by clicking here. Students studying off-campus in the fall can bring up to 4.5 credits back to campus; students studying off-campus in the spring with interim can bring up to 5.5 credits back to campus.
Students can take advantage of life in the historic and vibrant city of Copenhagen. During the travel break optional study tours and adventure tours are available to other Scandinavian and European countries, including Eastern Europe and Russia. To learn more about student life at DIS Copenhagen, click here.
Program participants live with Danish families, in Danish student housing, share an apartment with a Danish roommate or share housing with other DIS students.
Pre-Approved GE Credits
This is a list of pre-approved GE credits. If you want other courses to be considered for GE credit, contact your St. Olaf Program Advisors, Margaret O'Leary and Richard Goedde.
DENMARK (DIS) APPROVED GE CREDITS