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Digital Communication Environments MA

The master’s programme offers three areas in which the students can improve their skills over the course of four semesters: 1. Improving the experimental and reflective practice in designing visual messages for analogue and digital communication environments. 2. Getting acquainted with research methods from design-oriented research and experimental exploration of new technologies to empirical evaluation. 3. Getting an overview of relevant positions in visual, media and communication theory as well as philosophy, anthropology and psychology in order to critically put design decisions, concepts and research questions into context. On the basis of a practical foundation in a design-oriented bachelor’s study programme or a theory-oriented bachelor’s degree in cultural studies, the main goal of the study programme is a complementary fusion of skills between design and communication practice, research and theory.

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 level 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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Organizational Matters

Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE)

Visual communication is a tool of knowledge generation in its own right. Visualizations make things perceptible, imaginable and graspable.


Institute Digital Communication Environments IDCE

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Basel Academy of Art and Design, Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE) High-rise: D 5.03 Freilager-Platz 1 CH - 4142 Münchenstein near Basel

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