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The FHNW Academy of Art and Design understands itself as a pulsating hotbed, as a catalyst of culture and politics, and as a seismograph designed to identify, delineate, and define socially relevant fields in art, design and science, in theory as well as in practice. Based on the critical perception and reflection of its own mode of seeing and understanding, the Academy sees its role in the task of meeting the challenges of the times by setting out and promoting a wide range of creative spaces and offering its students a promising professional perspective. 

As part of an international network, the Academy consciously seeks collaboration and exchange with partner institutions with a similar tradition in critical discourse and which, like we do, seek solutions for the cultures of the future and are prepared to play a leading part in the process. Training and teaching are communicated and advanced in a synergetic flow between society, art, politics, and economics. 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.  


Prof. Dr. Claudia Perren

Direktorin der Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst FHNW

to Prof. Dr. Claudia Perren

Advisory Board

Renowned personalities from the working world of arts and design form the Advisory Board of the HGK FHNW. The advisory board accompanies and advises us with their specialist and practical expertise in all matters of higher education development. With its outside perspective, the advisory board supports our quality and continuing development.


Communication and Marketing


You can find more staff members of the Center of Digital Matter on the Center of Digital Matter page.


You can find more staff members of the Campus.Werkstätten on the Campus.Werkstätten page.


The Academy of Art and Design has five institutes. These are responsible for the Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes.
The institutes are headed by the following persons:

Prof. Werner Baumhakl

Institutsleiter ICDP / Studiengangleiter BA Industrial Design / Industriedesign

to Prof. Werner Baumhakl

Prof. Matthias Böttger

Institutsleiter IXDM / Studiengangleiter BA Prozessgestaltung

to Prof. Matthias Böttger

Prof. Dr. Dorothée King

Institutsleiterin IADE / Studiengangleiterin BA Vermittlung von Kunst und Design

to Prof. Dr. Dorothée King

Prof. Chus Martínez

Institutsleiterin IAGN / Studiengangleiterin BA Bildende Kunst

to Prof. Chus Martínez

Prof. Michael Renner

Institutsleiter IDCE / Leiter MA Digital Communication Environments

to Prof. Michael Renner

You can find the staff members of the individual institutes on the institute pages.


MOM is the representative staff body at the FHNW Academy. Participation has been governed by the FHNW collective labour agreement (GAV) since 1 January 2007. 

The purpose of the FHNW Academy Participatory Commission (GAV A4.5 Abs.4) is to represent staff interests at the Academy level (GAV A4.2) and become involved in the running of current operations (GAV A4.9) according to the respective areas of participation and participatory rights (GAV A4.3 Abs. 3). 

The FHNW Academy Participatory Commission is made up of ten members representing the various staff categories. It includes lecturers, research associates, as well technical and administrative staff members from of the Academy’s institutes, in consideration of appropriate gender representation.

Laura Pregger  (Co-chairperson ad interim)
Simon Mader (Co-chairperson ad interim)

Student Body

The HGK Student Body represents the interests of the students. In case of questions and problems it addresses the appropriate contact person. It promotes the exchange of ideas and opinions between students at various institutes, supports student projects, communicates with the teaching staff and directorate, and seeks representation in selected committees at the Academy.

Director: Naomin Sempach


Alumni HGKx

The independent association of FHNW Academy of Art and Design alumni was established at the end of 2012. Its purpose is to provide an active network of former graduates from all the Academy’s institutes, to share skills and knowledge, to exchange opinions and experiences, and to develop synergies. The members of HGKx organize events and, on request, help to find former graduates who are willing to provide advice on study matters or professional perspectives and opportunities.

Diversity and equality

The University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland FHNW and the Academy of Art and Design recognize and endorse with their diversity policy the rich cultural and social backgrounds of their students and staff members and promote the awareness of diversity as a potential and resource. The principles of diversity and equality find clear expression at the federal level, in university law, in the FHNW treaty, as well as in numerous strategic papers and documents. The existence of a central staff unit and part-time equal opportunities officers at each university underpin the significance of the principle of diversity and equality.

Martina Siegwolf

Dozentin für Kunstvermittlung, Diversity-Beauftragte HGK FHNW

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Job vacancies

Here you can access the FHNW job portal.

Dreispitz Basel

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