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Process Design BA at HyperWerk

As designers, we shape the world: from formulating a thought to managing our relationships to building our organisational structures – everything in our world is designed. At the HyperWerk, students in the Process Design bachelor’s programme learn to develop different ways of living with one another and initiate social change. The perennial question is: How can we use the many possibilities of design to deal with our environment?

Key data

Bachelor of Arts FHNW
ECTS points
Start of semester
September (week 38)
Next start
Mon. 16.09.2024 | Fall Semester
Final application date
Thu, 15.2.2024
Studying mode
6 Semester
Teaching language
German or English (B2 or equivalent)
Stay abroad
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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Process Design

“How can we live together?” This is the question behind all the projects and discourses at HyperWerk and the study of Process Design. The “we” includes human as well as all non-human actors in our shared lifeworld. In addition, this “we” is subject to constant scrutiny. What values and norms are invoked and how are these related to one's own viewpoint and the realities of life? Reflecting on one’s own prejudices with regard to design practices and coming to terms with one’s own privileges are prerequisite to non-discriminatory design processes.

Students at HyperWerk must learn how to deal with freedom. Self-organization and initiative constitute active ingredients in the programme. On their personal learning path, students are asked to develop their own organizational and reflective strategies and practise their hand at various documentation, presentation, and visualization techniques – from texts and illustrations to photography and film to virtual reality to multimedia and experimental formats. They learn from ongoing debates, and experiment with design in projects they draw up themselves. Design is focussed on the spatial and temporal alignment of social relations in a post-industrial society. The students analyse social transformations, traditional crafts, and new technologies, making prototypical use of the opportunities that emerge. They are encouraged to generate exemplary responses, speculative models, radical proposals and convincing alternatives in a rapidly changing world. They develop expert negotiation and decision-making skills in support of their personal potential. They select from the wide range of workshops on offer in accordance with their individual aims. In the process, they are supported through regular mentoring.

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Prozess Design (BA) at HyperWerk IXDM

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Basel Academy of Art and Design, Prozess Design (BA) at HyperWerk IXDM Building: A 2.16 Oslo-Strasse 3 CH - 4142 Münchenstein near Basel

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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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