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Summer Workshops

The Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE) offers compact summer workshops for students, lecturers and designers as part of the continuing education program at HGK Basel.

Key data

ECTS points
2 ECTS per Workshop
Next start
Summer 2024
1 Week per Workshop
Teaching language
CHF 900 (1 week); CHF 1700 (2 weeks); CHF 2400 (3 weeks); CHF 3000 (4 weeks), 20% discount for students.

The workshops afford insights into topical themes of visual communication in a study programme reflecting the rich tradition of the Basel School of Design. Practical exercises with a high level of professionalism form the core of the workshops focus. Reflection as well as contextual knowledge will be conveyed by way of input sessions, allowing participants’ work to be judged within a contemporary, future-oriented context relevant to professional practice. The trinational Rhine River Valley is a unique cultural environment with easy access to France and Germany and to sites such as the Vitra Design Museum (G), the Isenheimer Alter (F), or Ronchamps (F). In Basel, the Fondation Beyeler, Tinguely Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Schaulager, and Museum of Contemporary Art are world-renowned. Besides its museums, Basel offers a rich mixture of cultural events.

Block I: Basic Experiences

The series of four one-week courses under the title „Basic Experiences“ provides insight into the process oriented approach of the Basel School of Design (Institute Digital Communication Environments at the HGK Basel). The four specific topics address (1) the design process as a method to gain knowledge in the course Inquiry by Design, (2) visual communication in public space in form of large scale Poster Design, (3) the use of digital means in the design process in the course Generative Design and (4) visual communication on a micro level through Type Design.

Block II: Research

The series of three one-week courses under the title „Research“ provides insight into three different methodologies of research related to visual communication. In the course „Design History – The Myth of Swiss Stile“ the participants are learning to critically evaluate historical sources in the context of Swiss design history. The course „Design Research“ introduces the participants to practice-led methodologies to gain knowledge through practical design processes in the context of visual communication. The evaluation of the perception of visual messages with a diversity if methodologies is the topic of the course „Perception Studies".

Hacking Gutenberg

Next Start: 19 June 2024

to Hacking Gutenberg

Poster Design

Next Start: 24 June 2024

to Poster Design

Type Design

Next Start: 1st July 2024

to Type Design

Inquiry by Design

Next Start: 8 July 2024

to Inquiry by Design

UX/UI Design

Next Start: 8 July 2024

to UX/UI Design

Generative Design

Next Start: 15 July 2024

to Generative Design

Networked Publishing

Next Start: 22 July 2024

to Networked Publishing

Institute Digital Communication Environments

Visual communication is a tool of knowledge generation in its own right. Visualizations make things perceptible, imaginable and graspable.


Dreispitz Basel

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

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