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Transversal Design

Transversal Design is a research-oriented, transdisciplinary master's programme. On this programme students develop practices that include–– alternative media, speculative models, practices of care, tools for solidarity and radical proposals for worlds in transition. Our design focus is not primarily about objects or products but on processes, modes of relating, questions of environmental-social justice, and the critical infrastructures on which we collectively depend. You will work on self-led projects mentored and supported in the Critical Media Lab and HyperWerk at the Institute Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM). Guided by an expert team and internationally recognized visiting lecturers and researchers you can design, film, draw, program, publish, code, play, build, research, organize, or write. Shaping practices around the important questions of why, how, and for whom in theory and practice, in organizing the futures-we-need.

Key data

Master of Arts FHNW
ECTS points
Start of semester
September (week 38)
Next start
Mon. 16.09.2024 | Fall Semester
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.

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Institute Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM)

to Institute Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM)

Institute Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM)

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Basel Academy of Art and Design, Institute Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM), Highrise: D. 3.01 Freilager-Platz 1 CH - 4142 Münchenstein near Basel