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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.

Key data

Master of Arts FHNW in Fine Arts (MA)
ECTS points
Start of semester
Autumn 2021
Next start
Autumn semester 2021/22 | September 2021
Final application date
Mar 15, 2021
Studying mode
4 Semester
Teaching language
German or English (B2 level)
Stay abroad
Application fee
CHF 100.– (registration fee); CHF 200.– (matriculation fee due to commitment)
Semester fee
CHF 700.– (CH); CHF 1000.– (EU); CHF 5000.– (others)


The application deadline expired on 15.03.2021. The next online application is available in October 2021.

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.

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 Academy of Art and Design Freilager-Platz 1 4142 Münchenstein near Basel

Institute Art Gender Nature (IAGN)

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