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Process Design / HyperWerk

At the HyperWerk Institute design is understood and taught as a procedural strategy with the capacity to impact on our lifeworld.

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
6 Semester
Teaching language
German (B2)
Stay abroad
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 February 2021.

The next online application is available in October 2021.

HypeWerk’s credo is “Empowerment”. The Institute understands itself as a space of opportunities for people who, during their Bachelor of Arts FHNW in Process Design, wish to develop their skills at design intervention and prototypical change management.

The BA studies course demands a high degree of self-responsibility, self-organization and initiative. You make use of your creative freedom, apply yourself to project and team work and intensively learn about and deal with technology, prototyping, design methods and research, thus gradually developing a high degree of competence in which your interests and talents are brought to unfold.

The study programme qualifies you to assume a professional position in the shaping of societal transformation processes. As a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts FHNW in Process Design you have the opportunity to set up your own business, to work for creative agencies, cultural and educational institutions or in the field of consultancy. For more details see under "Career prospects”.

Aims and Objectives

What are my talents? How and where can I put my potential into effect? How do you go for the Big with little means? How do I phrase an open, relevant and solvable question and find partners with the aim of providing a joint answer? How do I develop a question, rephrase it into a concept and then build a project out of it? And how does one structure, implement and monitor such a project? What makes a good story and how do I tell it to the audience I wish to reach? How do I achieve my goal with the means of postindustrial design? How do I think and act sustainably, credibly and as an entrepreneur? How can I be innovative and am I resilient enough?

At the HyperWerk Institute these are just some of the questions you ask yourself and seek answers to. You also learn and practise how to formulate your hypotheses on design process in interdisciplinary teams and get the chance to test them during your studies in projects of your own and on real assignments with real project partners. You gain increasing confidence to present your themes and concerns publicly at fairs, shows and conferences and get the chance to improve, even perfect your writing style in publications issued by the Institute and other institutions.

Target Audience

If you are committed, prepared to take over an active role in your studies and configure processes independently, then we are the right place for you. 

HyperWerk knows no age limits. We expect from our students, who come from all walks of life, a high level of independence and self-motivation. Teamwork, creativity and the ability to express oneself in language are as important as your personal wish to be part of an interdisciplinary and diverse collective.

HyperWerk is not a technical college. We appreciate practical experience but it is not a prerequisite to enrolment in our BA course. What we value more is the right mix of experience in our team of students. Artisanal competence feeds into the mix just as do social, technical and scholarly skills to create a pool of potential and diversity.

A three-day assessment course at our study centre in Senones in the Alsace gives us the opportunity to get to know each other and to test the collective approach we build on at HyperWerk in practice. 

Institute HyperWerk

The HyperWerk, the only institute of its kind in Europe, deals with postindustrial culture.


HyperWerk Institute of Postindustrial Design

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Academy of Art and Design, HyperWerk Institute of Postindustrial Design, Building: A 2.16 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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