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Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE)

Through the propagation of digital media and the concomitant democratization of communication channels, the critical approach to visual and interaction-based design has manifestly gained in importance, not least because it has fundamentally changed the significance of information and communication in society.

The aim of the Institute is to apply the new technological achievements by means of experiment in realistic as well as speculative scenarios in the context of communication, for the purpose of developing new application models. Unlike established technologies, new technological advancements can be deployed differently from their originally intended purposes. At the Institute, this new experimental approach is seen as a basis for a reflective engagement with communication, visual communication, images and their impact, along with technological development in general.

The Institute pursues its activities with regard to training through the BA degree programme Visual Communication and Digital Spaces and the research-focussed MA programme Digital Communication Environments.

In the field of continuing education, the Institute offers two MAS degree programmes in Graphic Design in collaboration with the University of Illinois Chicago, along with the Basel Summer and Winter Workshops, respectively.

In the service sector, the ANDICO LAB handles communication projects on behalf of public institutions, organizations, and businesses. In research, the Institute carries out externally funded projects in the field of applied media, communication, visual, conceptual and design research. PhD projects in the aforementioned fields are offered in collaboration with universities in Switzerland and abroad.

Visual Communication and Digital Spaces BA

The bachelor programme at the Institute of Visual Communication is a practical and scientifically based education that combines the arts-crafts tradition of ...

Visual Communication and Digital Spaces BA

Digital Communication Environments MA

In the master‘s degree, praxis-orientated design and aspects of image and media theory as well as image and media research are interlinked.

Digital Communication Environments MA


Continuing Education IDCE

MAS / CAS

International Master of Design UIC/HGK

The internationally accredited MDes/MAS is a 4 Semester, 120 ECTS (60 US Credits), full-time programme.

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CAS Digital Communication Environments

The advanced-studies programme “Digital Communication Environments” is structured in modules and enables a continued education tailored to your requirements. ...

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Summer Workshops

Type Design

Workshop Type Design at the Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE), June 27th–July 1st, 2022

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Inquiry by Design

Workshop Inquiry by Design at the Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE), July 4th–8th, 2022

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Poster Design

Workshop Poster Design at the Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE), July 11th–15th, 2022

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Immersive Images

Workshop Immersive Images at the Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE), July 18th–22nd, 2022

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Design History – the Myth of Swiss Style

Workshop Design History – the Myth of Swiss Style at the Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE), August 8th–12th, 2022

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Perception Studies

Workshop Perception Studies at the Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE), August 15th–19th, 2022.

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Design Research

Workshop Design Research at the Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE), August 22nd– 26th, 2022

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Variable Fonts

Workshop Variable Fonts at the Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE), August 22nd – 26th, 2022

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Winter Workshops

Creative Coding

Workshop Creative Coding at the Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE), January / February 2023

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Moving Graphics

Workshop Moving Graphics at the Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE), January / February 2023

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Videodocumentation and Narration

Workshop Videodocumentation and Narration at the Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE), January / February 2023

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Game Design

Workshop Game Design at the Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE), January / February 2023

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The Neural Aesthetic of Deep Learning

Workshop The Neural Aesthetic of Deep Learning at the Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE), January / February 2023

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Research (DE)

Visuelle Kommunikation in partizipatorischen Stadtplanungsprozessen

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Teilhabe an digitalen Technologien von Menschen mit Behinderungen

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Swiss Graphic Design and Typography Revisited – Principles of Education

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IDCE Labs

Analog Digital Communication Lab (ANDICO LAB)

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future_history lab (future_history archive)

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Critical Icono Enthnography Lab (CIELab)

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Digital Production Lab

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Projects (DE)


Thesis-Projects: nextgeneration.hgk.fhnw.ch

You can get insights into current projects from our various programs on our Institute’s Instagram channel: @vis_com_basel

Tower Light Projection

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Publications


You can find an extract of the Institute’s bibliography here



Network and partners

The Institute of Visual Communication has a diverse network of partner institutions that includes, among others, the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India, the Paju Institute of Typography, South Korea, the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, USA.

Meet our team

The Institute of Visual Communication is run by a highly motivated and internationally orientated team of lecturers, assistants, research associates and administrative staff. Team members engage themselves in current discourse around praxis, research and theory of visual communication. They are qualified for the preparation of students for current and future questions.

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Institute Digital Communication Environments IDCE

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Academy of Art and Design, Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE) High-rise: D 5.03 Freilager-Platz 1 CH - 4142 Münchenstein near Basel

Dreispitz Basel

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