The main interest of the academy is currently focused on removing the "traditional" barriers seperating the different professional disciplines and creating a discourse within the institution (between its departments) and outside its walls: with the industry, with social enterprises, and with other academic institutions in Israel and abroad.
As part of fulfilling this new vision, "The NB Haifa School of Design" has been conducting for the past few years a series of barier-crossing projects in various fields including:
Collaborations with the high tech giant "Intel", the "Weizmann Institute of Science", the European "Tempus-Idea" foundation (in which the students' work was dedicated to redesigning the public broadcasting), Ljubljana Faculty of Architecture, Slovenia (planning the Israeli Embassy complex in Slovenia and the Slovenian Embassy complex in Israel), "Yad Vashem" (cultivating the Holocaust memorial heritage at the international level), and with various Israeli documenty film makers and illustrators.
The common denominator between the projects is that they all begin with a discourse between the various deparments inside the academy and external parties, continue with in-house workshops, and end with their presentation outside of the academy in various venues in Israel and abroad.
Exhibition | Education Without Borders
Exhibition at United Nations showcases Israel's education of hospitalized children. The event, presented by Israel’s UN Mission and World Jewish Congress, shows unique initiative by Jewish state to support all children including Arabs and other minorities
"Education Without Borders", a special exhibition opened at 12:30 p.m. CEST on Monday, 21 September 2015 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, showing how Israel is alone among Mideast nations in providing continuing education for all hospitalized Israeli children, including Arabs and minorities, and Syrian refugees.
Israel’s Ministry of Education mandates that all children hospitalized for more than three days receive continuing education during their stays. The SASA Setton Kav Or Initiative, a nonprofit working in partnership with Israel’s Ministry of Education and World ORT Kadima Mada, provides formal educational programs in 35 medical centers across Israel and develops online platforms and curricula to enable children to continue schooling during lengthy hospital stays.
The exhibition features photos of the children benefitting from the education justice initiative and coincides with the thirtieth UN Human Rights Council session.
Students from the Visual Communication Department have designed the exhibition and its catalogue following an intense period of work with Exhibition Photographer Shahar Azran turning his unique photos into meaningful posters. Some 200 visitors attended the event, hosted by the World Jewish Congress (WJC) and Israel's Mission to the United Nations.
Exhibition | "I love breaking people's faces" (Daniil Kharms)
Department of visual communication
Curator: Yaron Shin (jewboy)
As part of the 2015 illustration Week, an exhibition, the fruit of a cooperation between students from the department of visual communication and animator Merav Shacham, will be opened.
The presented works examine the limits of the concept of 'illustration' and its points of tangency with design, art and animation.
The exhibition is based on the manuscripts of Russian writer Daniil Kharms, who was born in St. Petersburg in 1905 and died in the Russian prison in 1942.
The students were invited to read a selection from his short stories and create images inspired by them. The works are not illustrations of the stories or happenings but original works that relate to them.
They were created using the method of graphic remixing - a cooperation led by Merav Shacham.