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Study Fashion Design

In keeping with the leitmotif “Doing Fashion”, the BA programme Fashion Design is all about living the practice of design conjointly with an ongoing reflection on contemporary everyday culture.

Key data

Bachelor of Arts FHNW
ECTS points
Start of semester
Autumn 2021
Next start
Autumn semester 2021/22 | September 2021
Final application date
Feb 15, 2021
Studying mode
7 Semester
Teaching language
Stay abroad
possible (internship)
Application fee
CHF 100.– (registration fee); CHF 200.– (matriculation fee due to commitment)
Semester fee
CHF 700.– (CH); CHF 1000.– (EU); CHF 5000.– (others)

Information events


The application deadline expired on 15.02.2021.

The next online application is available in October 2021.

“Doing Fashion” means becoming involved and assuming responsibility for the shaping of the present and the future. The aim of “Doing Fashion” is to throw open alternative spaces of fashion design and break away from conventional fashion concepts.

At the Institute of Fashion Design students are encouraged to understand fashion holistically, that is, with regard to fashion’s aesthetic, sensuous as well as social function. We regard fashion as a part of everyday culture with the capacity to critically reflect on social transformation and advancement.

The BA programme at the Institute of Fashion Design creates a lab situation in which the entire design process of a contemporary fashion practice is acted out. Students attain a comprehensive design practice and the competence to act assertively as well as critically, in addition to developing a specific design language of their own. They engage in current discourses, explore body work, and critically reflect on contemporary fashion trends. Following the “Look Therapy” approach, students learn to understand that individual performance is a complex interplay between seeing and being seen.

Graduate Show

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

Graduate Show

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Organizational matters

Institute of Fashion Design

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


Institute of Fashion Design

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

Dreispitz Basel

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Academy of Art and Design Freilager-Platz 1 4142 Münchenstein near Basel
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