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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, MDes). 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.


Information Events Master in Visual Communication
and Iconic Research

Information MA Visual Communication and Iconic Research

Extend your practical and theoretical experience in visual communication. Become a reflected practitioner, communication planner, design researcher or actor in the cultural field of art and design.

We inform about the Master in Visual Communication and Iconic Research of the Visual Communication Institute, The Basel School of Design HGK FHNW on the following dates:

March 20th 2017, 6 pm, Campus of the Arts HGK FHNW
Building D, Room D 5.06

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Posterslam Nr. 7

Plakat Posterslam

Nächster Posterslam der Studierenden Institut Visuelle Kommunikation: am 22. März 2017. Alles weitere zum Posterslam:


Application deadlines Visual Communication Institute

Bachelor of Arts: February 15, 2017
Master of Arts: April 30, 2017
International Master of Design: March 31, 2017
Summerworkshops: March 14, 2017

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Information Design – Lectures Serie Frühlingssemester

Die Lecture Series im Frühlingsemester 2017 widmet sich dem Thema „Informationsdesign“. Es werden sechs renommierte Studios aus Basel, Bern, London, Arnehm, Amsterdam und Berlin im Institut Visuelle Kommunikation zu Gast sein. Sie geben Einblick in ihre Projekte, in deren Zentrum die Vermittlung von Informationen und die Visualisierung von Daten steht. 

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Apply Now: Summer Workshops 2017

The Visual Communication Institute in Basel is offering workshops for students, graphic designers and educators. The workshops afford insight into topical themes in Visual Communication in a study program reflecting the rich tradition of the Basel School of Design. During the four weeks, lectures and input sessions by the faculty and with designers from outside the university will accompany the workshops' program, as well as a field trip on weekends. 

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