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Art and Design Education

The four-semester Master course leads to a teaching diploma for Secondary Schools II (Matura) and qualifies graduates to work for art institutions in arts and design education.

The MA FHNW course in Art and Design Education (MA) is conducted in cooperation with the FHNW School of Education. You complete the entire MA course at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design. The course is divided into three study areas, according to your career goal. The aim of the course is to convey research-oriented competence.

Based on a holistic approach, subject-specific discourse, theoretical reflection and practical experience are interwoven with self-devised projects in art, design and cultural education. This is a key aspect of the training, providing the basis for a reflected and far-sighted career as an educator after attaining your degree.

The MA degree qualifies you to teach at Secondary Schools II (Matura) and work in the education and outreach departments of a wide range of art and cultural institutions.

Aims and Objectives

Having completed your MA course you have the ability to sensitise and motivate learners and the competence to perceive, reflect and act with regard to visual culture as well as in respect to your students and teaching. Based on your own creative work and ongoing engagement with professional theory and practice in the given social context, you are in a position to provide innovative teaching and learning opportunities. You provide guidance in the processes of visual perception, aesthetic analysis and judgement and thus enhance the learners’ visual literacy.

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Organizational matters

Institute of Art and Design Education

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


Institute of Art and Design Education

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Academy of Art and Design, Institute of Art and Design Education, Building: A 1.18 Oslo-Strasse 3 CH - 4142 Münchenstein near Basel

Dreispitz Basel

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