Document Actions

Visual Communication Institute

The Visual Communication Institute / The Basel School of Design is today a Department of the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Academy of Art and Design (HGK). We offer curricula at the Bachelor and Master level in the field of Visual Communication with international accreditation (BA, MA, MFA). The faculty members are active participants in the design community and are involved in applied research projects. The central focus of all activities is the creation of images for communication. The Visual Communication Institute developed out of the influential tradition of the Basel School of Design beginning in the 1960s. We have expanded this background to address the challenges of the 21st Century. We are part of an international network of Art and Design Schools that provides many opportunities for students and faculty.



Go for the Master of Arts!

cover_page_06_2011You still have the possibility to apply for our Master-Program. Submit the application materials by 15 July, 2015.

Read more Information about the MA-Program


Life is Good for Now

New project by Ludwig Zeller, docent at the Visual Communication Institute. Together with Bernd Hopfengärtner he developed a contribution to the new exhibition "Poetics and Politics of Data" at the Haus für elektronische Künste Basel. The project "Life is Good for Now" is a commissioning by the Swiss Center for Technology Assessment (TA-SWISS) and discusses several scenarios for the further development of Big Data in medicine.

28.5.15, 19h Opening

Zum HeK


Summer Workshops 2015


There are a few free places in some workshops!

Read more about Summer Workshops 2015


Design Prozesse 2015: Videos online


Die Tagung "Design Prozesse" vom 21. März 2015 steht ab sofort als Video-Dokumentation zur Verfügung.

Zu den Videos


Video-Documentation of "100 years of Emil Ruder"

The symposium “100 years of Emil Ruder,” held in September 2014, is immediately available as video documentation.

Link to the Videos


Information for