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Summer Workshops

The Visual Communication Institute HGK, Basel offers workshops for students, educators and graphic designers.


The workshops afford insight into topical themes in Visual Communication in a study program 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 Ronchamp (F). In Basel the Fondation Beyeler, Tinguely Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Schaulager and the Museum of Contemporary Art are world renown. Besides its museums Basel offers a rich mixture of cultural events. During the four weeks, lectures and input sessions by the faculty and with designers from outside the university will accompany the workshops’ program, as well as field trips.

The curriculum of the Master course is influenced by the tradition of Swiss Graphic Design and the current academic perspective and standards of the Visual Communication Institute / The Basel School of Design at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design.

You will be given the opportunity to be at the cutting edge of discourse concerning image theory and design-oriented research as well as media technology. Through project oriented design work you will deepen your process-oriented design skills, and enhance your analytical competence in image theory and the media sciences.

Furthermore, the program is offering you a variety of opportunities, such as studying in a rich foreign cultural environment, and an international group of students and professors, who are involved in the current discussions of the internationally oriented design practice and its issues of design research.

Workshops 2019 June 18 – July 12:

Time Designed

Institute of Visual Communication

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 Academy of Art and Design Freilager-Platz 1 4142 Münchenstein near Basel

Institute of Visual Communication

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