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FHNW Academy of Art and Design

Shaping the future – a thousand students, teachers and staff working and studying at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design make the institution a multi-faceted learning, teaching, and research community. It addresses and drives today’s socially relevant discourses in theory and practice, thus contributing significantly to the shape of tomorrow’s cultures.

Our range of studies

Seven BA and four MA courses in Art, Design, and Art and Design Education open up a wide scope of career prospects.

Our range of studies

Continuing Education

Deepen your knowledge and skills in the field of art, design and education by signing into professional continuing education programmes. We offer an ...

Continuing Education

About us

The FHNW Academy of Art and Design’s mission is to educate and train a future generation of independent-minded and competent artists and designers.

About us


Institute Contemporary Design Practices (ICDP)

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Institute Arts and Design Education (IADE)

to Institute Arts and Design Education (IADE)

Institute Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM)

to Institute Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM)

Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE)

to Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE)

Institute Art Gender Nature (IAGN)

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Campus Workshops

The FHNW Academy of Art and Design offers its students, teachers, and staff members excellently equipped workshops for working metal, wood, plastics, and ...

Campus Workshops

Campus and infrastructure

The HGK is located at Dreispitz in Basel. The studio building, the high-rise building, the Campus.workshops, the FoodCultureLab and the exhibition space ' the TANK ' are all within walking distance of each other around Freilager-Platz. The high-rise building and the studio building house the various institutes and study programmes, the general infrastructure as well as the refectory and cafeteria.



Food Culture Lab (FCL)

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Media Library HGK Basel

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Café Freilager and Bistro of the Arts

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HGK is located close next to a number o other leading cultural institutions and creative enterprises such as the library of the SfG Basel School of Design, the HeK - House of Electronic Arts Basel, the studios of the international scholarship programme Atelier Mondial, the ImpactHub Basel or the archives of the architectural practice Herzog & De Meuron, Kunsthaus Baselland and Schaulager.

Dreispitz Basel

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Academy of Art and Design Freilager-Platz 1 4142 Münchenstein near Basel