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Arts and Design Education BA

The BA programme focuses on providing a broad field of competences serving as a foundation for teaching in art and design. In your BA in Arts and Design Education, which lasts six semesters, you address art, culture, design, technology and communication in both practical as well as theoretical terms. In different media you acquire your own style of design expression, technical and artisanal skills as well as general theoretical knowledge concerning art and design. No matter whether in workshops, studios, ateliers or the classroom – in the BA programme the focus of attention is on the quality of the developed products as well as on the design process in itself. At the Institute of Arts and Design Education this process is perceived as a space of learning and experience in which you acquire skills and knowledge and a better understanding of communication issues, creative processes and strategies, allowing you to better understand what is at the core of art and design, to acquire new knowledge and define your own attitude towards teaching. A BA degree entitles you to apply for the Master of Arts FHNW course in Arts and Design Education, teaching diploma Secondary School II level (Maturitätsschulen).

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 semesters
Teaching language
German (B1 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.

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Target Audience

The programme addresses holders of a Matura diploma who wish to go into teaching with a focus on art, technical design or art history at the level of Secondary School II or work in extracurricular art and design education. The qualification to work professionally only comes with the Master of Arts FHNW degree in Arts and Design Education, teaching diploma for Secondary School II (Maturitätsschulen).

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Organizational matters

Institute Art and Design Education (IADE)

In our age of systematically designed communication, art and design education has a key role to play.


Institute Arts and Design Education (IADE)

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Basel Academy of Art and Design, Institute Arts and Design Education (IADE) Building: A 1.18 Oslo-Strasse 3 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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