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Fashion Design BA

‘Doing Fashion’ is a culture and fashion design is a cultural practice. Fashion is a global and social system that produces paradoxes that we cannot always resolve. Fashion confronts people with its own contradictions. How can we design, produce, buy, teach and learn sustainably? How can we coordinate aesthetic and circular methods and processes when we make fashion? And how can we confront demands for diversity and accountability within the context of postcolonial discourses while underscoring our critical perspective? In addition to an emphasis on performance and performativity, the study programme places a strong focus on the body and its perception, on movement and body-based design methods, as well as on bodily knowledge. We examine other bodies, including other bodies of fashion in the midst of debates that are rebalancing the confrontation between humans and machines. What are artificial and technical changes of the human body, and how does the body of fashion move within the metaverse?

Key data

Bachelor of Arts FHNW
ECTS points
Start of semester
September (week 38)
Next start
Mon. 16.09.2024 | Fall Semester (Details see dates)
Final application date
Thu, 15.2.2024
Studying mode
7 Semester
Teaching language
German (B2 or equivalent)
Stay abroad
possible (internship)
Application fee
CHF 200.- (incl. aptitude assessment and enrolment)
Semester fee
CHF 700 (CH); CHF 1.000 (EU); CHF 1.250 (Not-EU/EFTA) Fees detail


Thank you for your interest in studying at the Basel Academy of Art and Design. The application deadline for a Bachelor's degree programme beginning in the fall semester 2024/25 has expired on February 15, 2024. The next application window for the fall semester 2025/26 opens on November 1, 2024.

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Graduate Show (de)

The annual Graduate Show is an integral part of the Bachelor's program and an expression of "Doing Fashion".

Graduate Show (de)

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Institute Contemporary Design Practices (ICDP)

“Doing Fashion” means becoming involved and taking on responsibility in the process of shaping the present and future.


Fashion Design (BA) ICDP

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Basel Academy of Art and Design, Fashion Design (BA) ICDP Building: A 3.14 Oslo-Strasse 3 CH - 4142 Münchenstein near Basel

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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