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Process Design BA 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 provides the underpinning for the degree programme Process Design and acts as a seismograph for the often still feeble signs of societal change. Furthermore, HyperWerk functions as a seedbed for transdisciplinary project work by and with students, staff, and external specialists. Whether in connection with debates on justice, conflicts on sustainability issues, participation, nutrition, digitalization, migration, or social care: When dealing with the issue of “living together”, we understand liberty as a form of consenting dependency. In this context, it is of primary importance that relationship modes are the subject of ongoing examination, while also being actively supported, encouraged, and modelled. The people at HyperWerk see in diligent process design a potential for creating a sustainable present and liveable future, without downplaying the challenges. What they aim for are new explorative forms of education that require as well as encourage complex processes and collaborative ways of working, in the expectation that they lead to decentralized and fluid networks, collectives, and communities joined by interdependency. HyperWerk is and remains a learning lab that answers to current developments by means of flexible test arrangements and strives to enhance its own methods by way of experimentation.

Key data

Bachelor of Arts FHNW
ECTS points
Start of semester
September (week 38)
Next start
Mon. 18.09.2023 | Autumn Semester
Final application date
Feb 15, 2023
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)


Thank you for your interest in studying at the Basel Academy of Art and Design FHNW. The application deadline for a Bachelor's degree programme beginning in the fall semester 2023/24 has expired on February 15, 2023. Online registration is no longer possible after the registration deadline. The programme management will be happy to inform you about the possibility of a subsequent registration. The next application window for the fall semester 2024/25 opens on November 1, 2023.

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

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