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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

On campus

As part of our comprehensive cultural programme comprising symposia, conferences, exhibitions, and lecture series, we invite you to see how innovative everyday objects and applications come about. You will encounter emerging creative positions by young artists, experience how art and design influences cultural development, and learn how successful business models can be developed and established on the market.

Curating the Campus

to Curating the Campus

Design Center Basel

to Design Center Basel

Digital Campus

to Digital Campus


to FoodCultureLab

Café Freilager and Bistro of the Arts

to Café Freilager and Bistro of the Arts

Center for Digital Matter

to Center for Digital Matter

European Center of Art, Design and Media based Research ECAM

to European Center of Art, Design and Media based Research ECAM

Swiss Cultural Entrepreneurship

to Swiss Cultural Entrepreneurship


to Workshops

Media Library HGK

to Media Library HGK


We cordially invite you to visit one of the many cultural events at the Campus of the Arts.


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

Aesthetic Practice and Theory

to Aesthetic Practice and Theory

Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM)

to Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM)

HyperWerk (Institute for Postindustrial Design)

to HyperWerk (Institute for Postindustrial Design)

Industrial Design

to Industrial Design

Visual Communication

to Visual Communication

Interior Design and Scenography

to Interior Design and Scenography

Integrative Design | Masterstudio

to Integrative Design | Masterstudio


to Art

Art and Design Education

to Art and Design Education

Fashion Design

to Fashion Design

Dreispitz Basel

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