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Masterstudio Experimental Design // Transversal Design*

The Masterstudio Experimental Design critically examines contemporary ways of living and aims at designing possible futures. A research-based engagement with current social and environmental challenges such as climate change, social inequality, migration, demographic change, and technological transformations of our live worlds is fundamental to the students' work. We translate a norm-critical, post-disciplinary and post-anthropocentric stance into experimental design practice.Experimental Design means developing an autonomous, research-driven design practice, which has a direct impact on different areas of social life. A post-disciplinary approach aids in identifying and exploring new fields of design. The program’s tutors, researchers from HyperWerk and the Critical Media Lab, and external experts accompany and inform the students’ practice-led project work. As a member of the Masterstudio Experimental Design, you will design collective experiments and develop exemplary scenarios, speculative models, and radical proposals for societies and worlds in transition.

Key data

Study mode
Master of Arts FHNW
ECTS points
Start of semester
September (week 38)
Next start
Mon. 18.09.2023 | Autumn Semester
Final application date
Sat, 15.4.2023
Studying mode
3 Semester
Teaching language
English (B2)
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)


Thank you for your interest in studying at the Basel Academy of Art and Design FHNW. The application deadline for a Master's degree programme beginning in the fall semester 2023/24 has expired on March 15, 2023.

* New as of autumn semester 2024/25: Master's programme in Transversal Design / Subject to def. approval by University Board.

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Institute Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM)

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Masterstudio Design (MA) IXDM

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