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Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Education in Denmark

At Højer Design Efterskole students can garnish their creative curriculum with various electives, including exotic topics such as “Redesign”, “The wardrobe” and “Animation”.

A creation story “Of course, we encourage all the traditional efterskole qualities: community spirit, personal development and responsibility,” says Kirsten Boyschau, who has been the enthusiastic principal of Højer Design Efterskole since it opened in 2007. “Design is all about taking care of yourself and your surroundings and designing solutions that are better than what’s there at the moment. That actually fits beautifully into the efterskole ethos.” By Louise Older Steffensen | Photos: Højer Design Efterskole

Creativity and innovation are very much at the heart of life at Højer Design Efterskole, where a wealth of design-related subjects offers students an exceptional choice and range of creative experiences. On top of the traditional academic subjects, students choose one of four creative main subjects that they develop throughout the year. They can garnish their creative curriculum further with various electives, including exotic topics such as “Redesign”, “The wardrobe” and “Animation”. One main subject focuses on the theory, history and practical techniques of fashion and clothing design, while the “Illustration and graphic design” option teaches students everything from poster design to advertisement strategy. “Furniture and product design” allows students to engage with all stages of the product cre-

ation process. The fourth main subject, “Games and animation”, introduces students to the exciting world of game-making, such as character development and website creation, and includes a trip to some of the famous creative corporations in Silicon Valley. Højer’s teachers all have professional experience, and the school endows its students with practical tools and professional know-how such as communication, confidence and presentation, which can be used in any type of further education and career later on. The school offers several trips abroad to encourage students to think and work internationally, including New York and Strasbourg. “We also won an innovation award last year, which led a group of us to India,” says Boyschau. “It was an incredible experience: India is

buzzing with so much innovation, and a larger student group is going this year to collaborate with India’s creative industry.” During their free time, students are welcome to use the school’s facilities, although many students spend their evenings and weekends with new friends, setting up events, or even making trips to Germany – only nine kilometres away. The future looks bright for the school: Højer has been so successful that they’re now developing Højer Designhøjskole, a design academy for 18 to 25-year-olds that will run alongside the efterskole. They hope to attract more and more foreign students, and encourage anyone interested to contact them for further information.

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