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Interior Architecture and Scenography BA

Transforming into a CO2-neutral world without fossil fuels and cultivating a sense of responsibility are significant tasks for design: one of them is to breathe new life into our spaces with regard to their social, environmental and economic aspects. The Interior Architecture and Scenography study programme makes it a point to test and establish sustainability in education. Because designers in Interior Architecture and Scenography design positive concepts and concrete images for social change. For both interiors and urban public space, you will focus on the co-design of sustainable future worlds that are closely intertwined with the spaces of social negotiation, the coexistence of human and non-human actors, and diversity as a critical and reflective debate on inclusion. These concepts are intertwined with one another, flowing into theoretical, research-related and practical teaching and learning units.

Key data

Bachelor of Arts FHNW
ECTS points
Start of semester
September (week 38)
Next start
Mon. 16.09.2024 | Fall Semester
Final application date
Thu, 15.2.2024
Studying mode
6 Semester
Teaching language
German (B2 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) 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.

NOTICE late application:
It is possible to submit a late application. You can do so via the following link until 29 February 2024. For any further questions or information, please do not hesitate to contact us by email.

The focus of the study programme is on generating atmospheres and facilitating immersive experiences through interaction, storytelling and the interplay that emerges between perception and emotion. Depending on the educational space, theme and participants, scenographic and interior interventions are designed e.g. as exhibits, installations, performances, critical city tours or soundscapes. Immersive moments can be part of teaching and take place in physical, virtual and hybrid spaces, including via digital media, frequently in multimodal settings (virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality).

During the study programme, you will acquire a wealth of theoretical knowledge and practise researching, analysing and reflecting on your experiences and critical thinking. You will not only be approaching the design of public spaces in studios, workshops and seminar rooms – you will also be putting your concepts in public. Collaborative projects are a great opportunity for that.

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

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Target Audience

Whether during or after your studies, you will be dealing with professionals from the fields of architecture, theatre, film, fair construction, digital media and the arts and with experts from a variety of other fields as well. Whatever the task, working as an interior designer or scenographer requires the ability to cooperate, which is why we place such emphasis on the team and communicative skills of our students and help to develop them in the course of their studies.

Projects, publications

The ICDP Institute’s website contains information on projects and publications.

Information on programme contents

Module description

Organizational matters

Cooperation partners

Basel – A City of Architecture, Art and Design

Basel ranks as one of the richest cultural cities in Europe, featuring just on forty museums on merely thirty-seven square kilometres. In addition, with Art Basel the city hosts every summer one of the most renowned international art fairs. The city also has very lively theatre and music scenes and is home to a number of world famous architecture firms.

Over the last few years the Institute of Interior Architecture and Scenography has launched a number of student projects in collaboration with leading cultural institutions in Basel, among others with Kaserne Basel, Kunstmuseum Basel, the Canton Basel-Stadt State Archives, Kunstverein Binningen, Allgemeine Lesegesellschaft Basel, Bildrausch Film Festival, Museum Kleines Klingental, Theater Festival Basel, Historisches Museum Basel, Swiss Architecture Museum SAM, Vitra Design Museum and the Kammerorchester Basel.

In recent years, the Institute has also launched a number of cultural as well as service-related projects beyond the city boundaries, for instance, with the Solothurn Literature Days, the women’s clinic of the Cantonal Hospital Baselland, Swisscom, and the Valais Wine Association

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Institute Contemporary Design Practices (ICDP)

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Basel Academy of Art and Design Institute Contemporary Design Practices (ICDP) Freilager-Platz 1, Postfach 4002 Basel
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Interior Architecture and Scenography (BA) ICDP

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Basel Academy of Art and Design, Interior Architecture and Scenography (BA) ICDP Building: A.2.10 Oslo-Strasse 3 CH - 4142 Münchenstein near Basel