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Fine Arts MA

The MA programme focuses on an in-depth examination of the students’ artistic practice. By means of reflection they advance their practice and relate it to the current as well as historical art context. The programme ranges between experiment, research, theory and critical self-reflection. The MA courses come in the shape of seminars, symposia and workshops conducted in blocks. The core aspect of your studies involves the artistic engagement and examination in an ongoing discourse with your mentors and external art experts. The Master programme helps you to develop your own aesthetic position. You enlarge upon the basics learnt in the BA course, extend them by means of reflection and relate them to the historical and current art context. Master of Arts FHNW in Fine Arts programme is conducted in close cooperation with the Bern University of the Arts. The two MA course comprises the sphere of the self (studio), the collective dimension (seminars and symposia) and the field of monitoring (one-on-one talks and plenary discussions). The studies’ contents, media and intellectual approaches are designed to advance your sense of self-responsibility.

Key data

Study mode
Master 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
Fri, 15.3.2024
Studying mode
4 Semester
Teaching language
English (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 March 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. To do so, please contact us by email. If you have any further questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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

FAQ online registration

Information on program contents

Organizational matters

Institute art Gender Nature (IAGN)

Art is a speculative praxis that links materials and ideas and perceptions of information and knowledge, and questions individual handling and social interaction.


Dreispitz Basel

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Basel Academy of Art and Design Freilager-Platz 1 4142 Münchenstein near Basel
More information about the location

Institute Art Gender Nature (IAGN)

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Basel Academy of Art and Design, Institute Art Gender Nature (IAGN) Building: A 1.10 Oslo-Strasse 3 CH - 4142 Münchenstein near Basel