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Schoolhaus is a design studio classroom inspired by our desire to remedy the growing divide between learning and education. While learning is a universal way of life, education is the institutionalization of that way of life— at times to the detriment of learning, and at excessive cost to the student. But there are aspects of both education and learning that are valuable, and not necessarily mutually exclusive. Schoolhaus is Aesthetic Apparatus’ attempt to combine what we consider the best of education (a social community, invested and informed guidance) with the best of learning (self-motivation, one-on-one mentorship) and embed them into a studio discipline (working-world applications with opportunities for invention and entrepreneurship.)
Schoolhaus works like a group-mentorship, held on-site during operating hours at Aesthetic Apparatus. Similar to a studio, each student submits an application for consideration. Enrollment is limited to 12 students at any one time — the size of a comfortable classroom. Schoolhaus can be used as a stand-alone design education or to supplement a previous design education. Anyone of any ability is welcome to apply; beginners, amateurs, even seasoned veterans. Once accepted, members may stay with the Schoolhaus as long as they and the studio feel is necessary. The curriculum begins with the member’s own self-initiated goals for learning. As the studio gains better understanding of the member’s strengths and weaknesses, learning is augmented with suggested and mentored study. Client-based or studio-based projects may be introduced, as well as inter-member mentorships or new creative ventures. The curriculum is amenable, the goal is to create a shared place for human-scale learning.
This program offers neither an earned degree or certification. We question the requirement of either in the working profession of graphic design. That said, higher education is an essential context for pursuing a larger academic pursuit of graphic design. If this is the desire, we suggest an undergraduate and graduate degree path at an accredited institution. What Schoolhaus offers is intimate, responsive, one-on-one creative guidance within the context of a close-knit group studio in preparation for a creative position in graphic design.