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Masterstudio Experimental Design

The Studio Experimental Design offers a future-facing design education that fundamentally questions designs of our current life worlds. We critically investigate contemporary design processes and aim at translating norm-critical and post-disciplinary attitudes into an experimental design practice. A research-based confrontation with social and ecological challenges such as such as climate change, social inequality, demographic change, and technological transformations of life worlds are fundamental to students' design practice.

We foster a post-disciplinary understanding of design and explore new methods in exchange with external experts. The research carried out at HyperWerk and the Critical Media Lab frames and informs the students’ practice-oriented project work. In this context, experimental design means developing an independent and research-based design practice that is relevant for different domains of social life.

The Studio Experimental Design programme addresses designers interested in augmenting their design skills with a critical and explorative perspective and university graduates who want to apply their subject-specific knowledge in experimental and creative ways. Our students enjoy working in trans- and interdisciplinary project teams and are prepared for their opinions and world views to be challenged in the course of their studies.

Our graduates command an independent, research-based design practice that opens up new fields of activity. They curate and moderate, publish and communicate, think ahead and educate. Thanks to a feedback loop between study program and the research activities pursued at the Institute IXDM, the MA programme also paves the way for a career in academic teaching and research.

Institute Contemporary Design Practices (ICDP)

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW Academy of Art and Design Institute Contemporary Design Practices (ICDP) Freilager-Platz 1, Postfach 4002 Basel
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Masterstudio Design (MA) ICDP und IXDM

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Academy of Art and Design, Masterstudio Design (MA) ICDP und IXDM Tower: D 4.05 Freilager-Platz 1 CH - 4142 Münchenstein near Basel