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Studying Art and Design!

At Basel Academy of Art and Design you have seven BA and four MA programmes to choose from. We pave the way to independent authorship in art and design and provide the foundations for a successful professional career.

Bachelor of Arts

Fine Arts

In the studio, in project work and in the context of exhibitions students gradually develop their own artistic language and handwriting. The study course ...

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Industrial Design

Create impact on life and experience in an ever-changing society by becoming an industrial designer. Aesthetics, utility, materiality, emotional impact, ...

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Interior Architecture and Scenography

Transforming into a CO2-neutral world without fossil fuels and cultivating a sense of responsibility are significant tasks for design: one of them is to ...

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Fashion Design

“Doing Fashion” is the name of a holistic design practice that frames and defines the degree programme Fashion Design. “Doing Fashion” implies becoming ...

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Process Design at HyperWerk

HyperWerk is an opportunity space for new and unexpected design solutions. Based at the Institute for Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM), HyperWerk ...

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Art and Design Education

The BA programme focuses on providing a broad field of competences serving as a foundation for teaching in art and design. In your BA in Arts and Design ...

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Visual Communication and Digital Spaces

Digital media and the resulting ease with which images can be communicated has made the need for a critical reflection on pictorial communication ever more ...

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Master of Arts

Arts and Design Education, Teaching Diploma for Secondary Schools

The MA in Arts and Design Education / Teaching Diploma Secondary II is offered in collaboration with the FHNW School of Education. At the Institute of Arts and ...

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Digital Communication Environments

The master’s programme offers three areas in which the students can improve their skills over the course of four semesters: 1. Improving the experimental and ...

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Fine Arts

The MA programme focuses on an in-depth examination of the students’ artistic practice. By means of reflection they advance their practice and relate it to the ...

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Masterstudio Experimental Design

The Masterstudio Experimental Design critically examines contemporary ways of living and aims at designing possible futures. A research-based engagement with ...

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Masterstudio Fashion Design

The advanced degree programme founds on the holistic concept of “Doing Fashion”. Here fashion is understood as a cultural design practice that critically ...

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Masterstudio Industrial Design

Masterstudio Industrial Design provides a high-level, individualised, professional and research-oriented qualification on the basis of “advanced design”. The ...

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Masterstudio Scenography

In the Studio Scenography programme, students advance their skills of translating complex contents into walk-in spatial images and to inject narrative quality ...

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Info events for prospective students

20 Jan

OPEN HOUSE 2023 mit Special für Studieninteressierte

Fri, 20.1.2023, Basel

Am 20. Januar 2023 findet das jährliche Open House der Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst FHNW statt.

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Study guide 2023/2024 (german)

Download Study guide (de) as PDF
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The FHNW Academy of Art and Design is linked with other universities and academies, in Switzerland and abroad. Ties with renowned schools and universities in Europe, the United States, and Asia provide an opportunity to study your subject from a different viewpoint and against a new cultural background. At the same time, the Academy welcomes candidates from other Swiss universities and from abroad to study here in Basel. You will find more information here.


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