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The Department of Visual Communication Design, popularly known in Split as “DVK”, is preparing a celebratory exhibition which we all will be able to enjoy from December 7 until December 21. The exhibition DVK 13-23 is a concise snapshot of the past ten years of Department’s activity.
Such an overview provides an opportunity to reflect on the journey, achievements, and role of DVK within the academic system and design education.
During its years of work in the field of design education, the Department of Visual Communication Design of the University of Split’s Arts Academy developed intense international relationships and actively contributed to the improvement of educational standards in the field.
The department organized the first international conference on design education in Central and South Europe (Split, 2002), and a roundtable on the state of art design education in Croatia (Split, 2002), and is also a founding member of the education network of an international association of national design associations – the Icograda Education Network.
Each year, an average of four foreign guest professors hold lectures and workshops at the department. In addition to these lectures, the department has also organized five international design workshops in collaboration with prominent professional designers and European institutions in the field: Istituto Europeo di Design from Rome, KTH from Stockholm, and the Royal College of Art from London.
The Department of Visual Communication Design has both the Undergraduate and Graduate Study Program in Design of Visual Communication in its curriculum and its students actively take part in the local community through the DVK Association.
The DVK 13-23 exhibition is also an incentive for at least a tentative valorization of the role that this study of visual communication design has played in its immediate environment in the period from its inception until today, as well as the potential it offers to the local and wider community in the future, but also about the current broader social situation and upcoming challenges – especially those related to climate, environmental, and technological changes.
The exhibition is realized with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia and the City of Split and in partnership with the Multimedia Culture Center (MKC).
Cover photo: The “Tolerance” exhibition by Mirko Ilić at DVK’s courtyard in Zagrebačka 3; photographer – Tina Masnić