Bali is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Explore the unique blend of traditional and modern architecture, exotic culture and tropical landscapes.
With lectures, workshops, excursions, a design project, guest lectures and social activities, this 4-weeks program provides an exciting learning process within a short period of time.
5 subjects give an insight into the unique building culture of Southeast Asia – from a simple Balinese house to an exotic villa or a luxury beach resort.
12 Credit Points
Within this program you can receive up to 12 credit points. All credits are transferable to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
In a 4-week program, the Tropical Architecture Summer School at Sekolah Tinggi Desain Bali (STDBali) provides international students and graduates with insights into the architecture of Southeast Asia. In a comprehensive course participants will work together on complex tasks with regard to architecture and urban design, planning and construction, design, landscape architecture, interior design and resort design. In team work and in close cooperation with experts, exciting concepts arise from “East-Meets-West Harmony”.
Facts & Figures
How is the course organized?
- Lectures in English
- Design projects
- Social activities
- Selected cultural events
Who can participate?
- Interior design
- Landscape architecture
- Related subject areas
Master students and graduates are also invited to participate. Although the program was originally developed for students, it is also suitable for graduates and professionals. It is also open to anyone who is interested in Tropical Architecture but has no academic background in this field.
Why Summer School in Bali?
- you will get expertise about the exotic architecture of Southeast Asia and the tropics within a short period of time
- you will experience the tropical living in Bali at first hand
- you can achieve up to 12 Credit Points
- you will make friends with students from all over the world
- you will gain deep insights into the cultural diversity of Indonesia
Book a room in one of the "Student-Villas" and stay together with the other participants of the Summer School.
- Balinese Architecture & Landscape (2 CP)
- Bali Resort & Hospitality Design (2 CP)
- Interior Design & Amenities (2 CP)
- Natural Materials & Green Design (2 CP)
- Studio Project (4 CP)
Balinese Architecture & Landscape
Bali’s unique architecture and beautiful landscape make it a popular tourist attraction. Balinese architecture is recognizable throughout the world for its traditional yet modern qualities. Architecture in Bali, particularly in the resort and hospitality industry, reflects and embraces the qualities of Bali’s topography. (2 CP)
Bali Resort & Hospitality Design
This course reflects the belief that Bali is one of Asia’s best tourist destinations, notable for its exceptional hospitality and exclusive resorts. Bali Resort and Hospitality Design provides a comprehensive approach to holiday resort architecture and hospitality design by giving students the opportunity to personally experience what sets Bali apart. (2 CP)
Interior Design & Amenities
This module on the elements of interior design provides a basis for studying traditional and ethnic Balinese amenities and features. Upon completion of the course, participants will be familiar with the basic compositional elements of interior design in the context of traditional Balinese amenities, such as decoration and tradition, materials and details, Zen, Ethnicity & Lifestyle. (2 CP)
Natural Materials & Green Design
Students will be exposed to natural materials, textures, colors and the groundwork on how to implement these elements into green design. This course also covers the types of materials that can be used sustainably, as well as green and ecological design principles, methods and materials. Outdoor lectures and a visit to a bamboo workshop will provide contextual understanding of the material. (2 CP)
The topic of the Architecture Studio project is “East-West Harmony”. Participants will have the opportunity to design and propose an architectural project for a boutique holiday resort or villa in Bali. The studio module is meant to challenge the student’s pre-conceptions about design trends in holiday resorts and to enable them to think critically about local Eastern architecture & Western tourism demands. (4 CP)
Excursions & Workshops
- Bamboo Tour at Factory & Green Village
- Bamboo Construction Workshop
- Basic Water Color for Architecture
- Taman Nusa Cultural Park
- Visit to Traditional Balinese Village
- Visit to Resort & Villa
- Batik Painting
- Yoga Class & Surfing Lesson
- Traditional Workshop and Ceremony
- and many more…
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You can apply online, using our online registration form. Have your letter of enrolment, a copy of your passport ID page as well as a high-resolution picture of yours handy.
Sign the registration confirmation and send it back to us. Your registration is now complete and you will receive all further information regarding study fees, visa, accommodation, etc.
Sekolah Tinggi Desain Bali – Campus of ‘Creative Innovation’
Sekolah Tinggi Desain Bali, or STD Bali for short, is located in Denpasar, the capital city of the island of Bali, widely recognised for its beautiful landscape, strong traditional arts and culture, as well as friendly people. STD Bali focuses on creating a family style academic environment to remain the preferred creative arts educational institution in Indonesia. With the vision of setting industry standards for education and training with the twin mottos of “empowering people to be creative” and “knowledge is our power” STD Bali has developed a coordinated process for insuring that learning is relevant to the work place. Offering various domestic and international classes, vocational and short courses in design, architecture, interior, landscape, tourism, art culture and others, the Creative Campus seeks to help students to become smart, competitive, creative and tough in order to meet the needs of both local and international industry.
- Students must wear appropriate clothes at all times on campus and on excursions. For men this means long pants and a shirt or t-shirt. Tank tops and board and shorts are not appropriate. For women, tops that cover shoulders and long pants are preferred. Shorts, mini-skirts, singlet and tank tops are not appropriate.
- Students must be in the class at least 5 minutes before class start.
- Smoking is strictly prohibited anywhere inside STD Bali building.
- Physical attendance at classes and excursions (85 %) is obligatory to gain the full amount of CP.
- In case of illness the student should inform the secretariat. For more than 2 days of sickness, a doctor certificate must been obtained.
At the end of the program, students who satisfactorily complete all course requirements will be awarded certificates as follows:
- Certificate stating that the student has attended the summer school program.
- An Academic Transcript showing the student’s performance in the program. The grades in the transcript are the final marks.
- A Certificate stating that the student has participated in the workshop or certain academic excursions (on request).
Each module’s credits are transferable to the European Credits Transfer System (ECTS).
If you want to have the subjects credited at your home university, we suggest having the course pre-approved by the home institution’s exchange coordinator, academic advisor, or a professor. Whoever is in charge of credit transfer should sign a “Learning Agreement” in order to provide a transparent and efficient preparation of the study period abroad and to ensure that the student will receive recognition for the educational components successfully completed abroad.
For the four week summer course in Bali you will require a valid visa that allows you to attend a short course. The recommended option is to obtain a VISIT VISA in your own country with a 60 day validity.
The cost is around € 50.
The traffic on Bali’s roads is impressive and very different to that found in Western countries. It can seem pretty chaotic in the beginning. Traffic jams are a part of everyday life. The traffic flows according to its own rules. Time, patience, and serenity are important at peak times in this respect. Many students choose to ride a scooter. It´s the fastest and easiest way to get around. They drive on the left side of the road, but one gets used to that relatively quickly.
An international driver’s license is mandatory. You can apply for one in your home country.
During the Summer School you can live with the other participants in one of the “Student Villas”. The “Villas” are located in Umalas and Canggu, in the south-west of Bali. There are many cafes and restaurants and it is only a 10 minutes ride by scooter to the beach. To STD Bali campus it takes about 20-30 minutes – depending on traffic. The room rates are between 320 – 455 euros for the entire 4 weeks.
The rooms can be shared, of course. At the Villa Oasis, there are twin bed rooms, so single beds can booked as well.
If you want to find a place to stay by yourself, we recommend the areas around Kerobokan, Umalas, Seminyak or Canggu – for those who like it more quiet we suggest Sanur. Denpasar is not recommended.