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Visual Communication and Digital Spaces BA

As digitalisation advances and visual communication becomes simplified, dealing critically with images has again gained in importance. In the Visual Communication and Digital Spaces bachelor’s programme, the focus is on thoughtfully developing visual messages for everyday and specialised communication contexts. The goal of this study programme is to achieve the ability to produce, judge and deliberately use images that can be perceived visually. Deviating from familiar images plays a central role in the visual communication practice. In order to achieve these goals, students are provided with excellently equipped studio spaces and workshops, giving them the opportunity to acquire manual, technical, artistic and analytical skills. These spaces are an ideal environment for acquiring hands-on experience and the knowledge necessary for the professional world.

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
6 Semester
Teaching language
German and partly English (both B2 or equivalent)
Stay abroad
Exchange semester abroad is possible
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.

Information on admission, aptitude assessment and admission to the study programme

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Structure of the programme

When applying for the study programme, students have the option between two areas of specialisation: ‘Visual Communication’ and ‘Digital Spaces’. Thanks to the different areas of specialisation, students have the possibility to gain more in-depth knowledge in a specific area and pursue their own design interests. After a foundational education during the first two semesters, students in both areas have the option to develop their own design stance in the individual projects.

Information on programme contents

Organizational matters

Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE)

Visual Communication is an independent branch of knowledge generation. By means of visualization matters become imaged, conceivable and understandable.


Institute Digital Communication Environments IDCE

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Basel Academy of Art and Design, Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE) High-rise: D 5.03 Freilager-Platz 1 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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