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Digital Communication Environments MA

The MA programme merges practice-led design with aspects of iconic and media theory along with iconic and media research. The MA programme Digital Communication Environments allows students to expand on their competences in the fields of design practices, technical know-how, research methods, and theoretical knowledge in the context of digital communication channels. Given the attention visual communication enjoys owing to the power of digital media, the focus of this MA programme is on the practical, theoretical, critical, and researched-based examination of pictorial messages along with their production and dissemination in digital media. The competence to engage with practical, theoretical, and research-related issues in digital communication environments is based on the manual-technical ability to visualize large amounts of data, design virtual and augmented realities, develop user experiences for specific applications, generate images through creative coding, experiment with deep learning technologies and databases, and handle time-based formats of digital animation and video technology. Based on the practical foundation of a design-oriented BA degree or a theoretically oriented BA degree in Cultural Sciences, the central objective of the MA programme is to complementarily develop and merge the competences embedded between design and communication practices, theory, and research.

Key data

Study mode
Master of Arts FHNW
ECTS points
Start of semester
September (week 38)
Next start
Mon. 19.09.2022 | Autumn Semester
Final application date
May 15, 2022
Studying mode
4 Semester
Teaching language
English (B2)
Stay abroad
Application fee
CHF 100 (registration fee); CHF 200 (matriculation fee due to commitment)
Semester fee
CHF 700 (CH); CHF 1.000 (EU); CHF 5.000 (Not-EU/EFTA)


Thank you for your interest. The application deadline for the Master's degree programme beginning in the fall semester 2022/23 is May 15, 2022. The next application window for the fall semester 2023/24 opens on November 1, 2022.

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Structure of studies

Programme information

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 Academy of Art and Design, Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE) High-rise: D 5.03 Freilager-Platz 1 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