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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, 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.




Summer Workshops 2015


There are a few places left in all workshops so the application deadline is extended to May 15th.

Read more about Summer Workshops 2015


Default Systemz in IDPURE

Das Forschungsprojekt „Default Systemz“, hat seinen Ursprung in der Bachelor-Thesis von Thomas Walsh, welcher 2011 sein Studium am Institut Visuelle Kommunikation abschloss. In Workshops werden die gestalterischen Möglichkeiten ausgelotet, welche das enge Korsett der Standard-Programme des Apple Macintosh Betriebssystems zulässt. Das Grafik-Magazin „IDPURE“ stellt das Projekt in seiner aktuellen Ausgabe vor.



During Spring Semester 2015, the Visual Communication Institute of the Basel Academy of Art and Design will host a lecture series entitled, “PLAYFUL DESIGN METHODS.” 

Link to current lecture series


Accolades for Konstantin Eremenko

We are pleased to announce that Konstantin Eremenko, a student in our Master’s program, has received awards for two works submitted to the International Typographic Awards.


Certificate of Excellence in the category “Promotional brochures / Catalogues” for the flyer series for the Visual Communication Institute’s Fall Semester 2014 Lecture series


Certificate of Excellence in the category “Posters / Calendars” for the placard “Terms and Visuals,” created within the context of the MA module Design Research.

International Society of Typographic Designers


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


One Moment Please...


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For Alumni


Design Prozesse 2015: Kunst und Design


Am 21. März 2015 veranstaltete die Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst FHNW in Zusammenarbeit mit der Schule für Gestaltung und dem reddot award communication design die Tagung "Design Prozesse". Die sechs Positionen welche an der Tagung dargelegt wurden stehen hier bald als Video-Dokumentationen zur Verfügung.



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