UdK is a public university, meaning there are no fees for both home and international students. Students pay €320 per semester, which covers their public transport and donations to student organisations.
Germany has had lockdown restrictions in place since the 17th of March, these are now gradually being lifted. Still, there is no certainty around when students will be able to return to campuses. When the school does eventually open, the possibility of a second wave means lockdown measures could be reintroduced. Fortunately, UdK is a public university, meaning there are no fees for both home and international students. Students pay €320 per semester, which covers their public transport and donations to student organisations.
With classes moved to Zoom and Cisco Webex, the project expectations have had to change. Director of the fashion department at UdK, Professor Valeska Schmidt Thomsen, explains, “Digital alternatives are only possible to a limited extent in areas such as fashion design. Therefore, we decided to offer a solidarity project for all semester groups. The students work from home and have received materials from us.” It is not possible to study in the library, however, books can now be loaned by ordering them online. Valeska’s students have photographed their materials and machines and uploaded them to a digital archive, loans can be arranged amongst each other whilst maintaining social distancing orders. Third-year BA Fashion design students,Camilla Volbert, Justin Rivera, Katharina Spitz, Clara Bageac, and Natalia Susyak, gave their thoughts on the situation collectively. They reflect, “Although we mostly work on our own individual projects, we also work as a team.” The results will be auctioned for charity, a publication will also be released documenting this.