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The FHNW Academy of Art and Design offers its students, teachers, and staff members excellently equipped workshops for working metal, wood, plastics, and ceramics. In addition, we have the appropriate facilities for rapid prototyping, book binding, screen printing as well as a paint shop and a sculptor’s studio along with a sewing studio.

Following an introductory course, students are free to work independently on study projects, if required, with the support of the respective workshop managers.
We do our best to provide students optimal access to the workshops, especially shortly before submission dates at their respective institutes.

At peak times, the workshops are open seven days a week from 8:30 am to 10 pm.

The workshop managers do their best to supply all the materials required. Should this not be possible for any reason, they will assist the students in ordering the required material, and, according to circumstances, provide a load-carrying bicycle for transport.

Our workshops


In our metal workshop, students produce all kinds of locksmithing and metal works. From large frame constructions for installations, to mechanical components ...

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In our wood workshop we process solid woods as well as various panel materials. Diligent modelling and working with a lathe is just as possible as rough ...

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In our plastics workshop we produce display models and prototypes. Preliminary models are often made of polystyrene, final models usually of polyurethane foam.

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Digital Fabrication Lab

The Digital Fabrication Lab offers a wide range of digital manufacturing options: from 3D scans to 3D VR modelling, 3D printing, laser cutting, to CNC ...

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Sculptor’s studio

The studio allows working with various, above all, plastic materials such as clay, plaster, concrete, wax, latex, silicone, and polymer resin, as well as ...

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Paint shop

In our paint shop, students can colour their design or art objects.

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With the photo and video labs, the multimedia studios, the media seminar room and the associated media workstations, the media lending service (ausleihe.hgk), ...

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In our bindery, students are introduced to various bookbinding methods. This allows them to plan and implement their projects independently. They learn how to ...

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Screen printing

After completing the introductory course, students should be familiar with the basics of screen printing, allowing them to plan and realize their own small ...

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Student comments

The Academy's infrastructure is state-of-the-art, and the workshops offer a wide selection of appropriate machines, including competent guidance and support – a place that sparks curiosity and inspires interdisciplinary work. Thanks to the students’ initiative, the openness of the heads of the various institutes, and the commitment of the workshop staff, this is the place for a constructive dialogue. Studying means searching for new answers all the time. During work on my degree project, I got the chance to think outside the box thanks to the support of the workshop staff; this encouraged me to venture into media and methods of implementation that I was completely unaware of at the time.

Pauline Lutz, Fashion Design, August 2019

Campus workshops. That sounds like a lot of work but, actually, it means much more: inspiration, knowledge, exchange, and a good place to meet friends!

Norman Ries and Helge Brackmann, Masterstudio, July 2019

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Dreispitz Basel

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