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Do you dream of a future where you use both your hands and your head? A future where you work with creative craft projects, and participate in making new sustainable solutions for the needs and challenges of your surroundings?

With Design as your main subject at Roskilde Festival Folk High School, your day will be full of good craftsmanship and creative projects. In our workshop you can explore working with various materials, with a special focus on wood and recyclable materials.

Here, we learn by doing. You will develop your skills and experience while you draw, construct, repair, build and restore! We primarily work with wood, recycled wood and recycled materials. We explore, develop and put your ideas to the test – and ultimately bring them to life in a specific product or piece of furniture.

You will develop your skills along with others, and gain inspiration and input for your future journey.

Design modules and student products (in Danish)

The course

Design is for you, if you like to work hands-on and love to see the result of a work well done.

The course builds on your commitment, creativity, and courage to take on new projects and challenges. The outset is also based on your own projects and varies between idea and design to crafting and production.

At their core, the classes will explore and discuss, and during the course, we seek inspiration from guest lecturers that will provide insight in special techniques or professions.

You will get to try out techniques from old-school crafts and carpentry. Sometimes we build from scratch – from model to form. Other times we bring new life to worn out and discarded furniture. During the course, we teach you to use different tools and special equipment to build physical spaces, constructions, prototypes, and your very own designs and products.

Besides learning the classic tools, we turn advanced technology into creative aids in the development of our ideas and visions. We play, test, fail, and get better – just like we get inspiration from lectures, discussions of mutual reflections.

A strong and safe workshop culture is crucial to the classes in Design. We work individually, in teams and across other courses – and if you are experienced in some specific tool or equipment, we look forward to learning from you!


Furniture Design

In the Furniture Design module, you will learn by doing in drawing, constructing, building, and experimenting.

Sometimes we begin with a blank sheet of paper, other times we bring a retired piece of furniture back to life. If you are considering a future as a furniture maker, designer or architect – or just want to learn how to make your own furniture – you will get the skills and confidence to do that in this module.

Product Design

In the Product Design module, we explore the fundamental ideas of the design. We develop our own designs, and examine the industrial thought process on how to put your design into production.

The module is about making products that have a strong character, and at the same time is relevant for the situations and context that we as people are a part of.

Our products will usually relate to the human scale. That might be a line of jewelry in acrylics, made in our laser-cutter or our small CNC machine. Other examples could be everyday objects, such a cutlery made on the lathe, or experimenting with your own furniture series.


In the Woodworking module, we work with different materials, reclaimed wood, and design products that need a loving hand. We rescue old wood and create from old doors, floorboards, and furniture.

The module gives you insight in fundamental disciplines of craftsmanship, various tools, and building materials.

Temporary Architecture

In Temporary Architecture, you will also get the opportunity to create on a large scale and make coherent constructions and artwork that could be incorporated in, for example, Roskilde Festival.

We begin by establishing ourselves in the workshop together, where we work with different materials, reclaimed wood, and design products that need a loving hand. We rescue old wood and create from old doors, floorboards, and furniture.

The module gives you a fundamental architectural perspective and guidelines in what temporary architecture says and how we can use it.

Subjects on the course

Knowledge in materials, Use of tools and equipment, sketching, shaping, entrepreneurship, innovation, tectonic, sustainability, prototypes, workshop culture, safety, product design, design processes, industrial design, furniture design and history, production, digital modeling, 3D-printing, laser-cutting, CNC-milling, etc. 

Design as a profession

Design is for everyone who likes to use both that hands and their head. You decide if you want to use the course to dive into your hobby, or as a preparation for formal education in carpentry, design, engineering, architecture, construction, ect.

The course will equip you in working independently and focused in design and crafts, and the teacher of the course is always available to give advice and recommendations on your way forward.

Related courses

Besides the main course, you have the opportunity to explore lifehack, printing, ceramics, redesign, and waste and design, as side- and elective courses.


Course information

12.5 hours a week, on mondays, wednesdays and thursdays.

Nikolaj De Hansen

Nikolaj De Hansen

Nikolaj is teaching the design course. He’s a carpenter and architect, and he also has a bachelors degree in political sciences.

Visit us

We really want you to visit us here at RoFH, so we can show you our facilities and the atmosphere at RoFH.

Call us at +45 3132 5321 or book a guided tour.


Design resides in the school’s workshop, in our ‘shared space’ and surrounding area. The workshop and shared space can be opened up to the school’s surroundings, with the possibility to work outdoors, when the weather allows it. The workshop is on the ground floor, and the total workshop facility makes for a playground for creative souls, and is equipped with both classic and modern tools in carpentry tools, machines, milling, and 3D-printer.

The area

Besides the school’s own facilities, we are close neighbors to the Art Smithy, Orange Makers, the technical school and production school – places that all have exciting workshop facilities. The many creative and workshop oriented actors in close relation to Roskilde Festival Folk High School gives the course the possibility for experimental collaborations and use of equipment we don’t have.