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Visual Communication and Digital Spaces BA

Digital media and the resulting ease with which images can be communicated has made the need for a critical reflection on pictorial communication ever more important. At the centre of the BA programme Visual Communication and Digital Spaces stands the considered development of visual messages in everyday and specialized communication contexts. The aim of the studying Visual Communication and Digital Spaces BA is to learn how to produce, assess, and critically utilize perceptible messages, in the awareness that deviation from familiar images always plays a central part in the practice of visual communication. The BA programme offers two specializations that differ fundamentally from one another – Visual Communication and Digital Spaces. After a joint basic course lasting two semesters, students in both specializations develop their own distinctive creative approach in the context of individual project work. The state-of-the-art studio and available workshop facilities provide ideal conditions for acquiring the necessary craft, technical, artistic, and analytical skills.

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
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)


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.

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Structure of the programme

Students can choose between two specializations:
Visual Communication and Digital Spaces

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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