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Masterstudio Scenography

In the Studio Scenography programme, students advance their skills of translating complex contents into walk-in spatial images and to inject narrative quality into staged spaces. Alongside getting to know the tools and methods of designing staged spaces, the students are given the opportunity to work on hands-on projects together with renowned experts. The aim of the Studio Scenography is to teach students in their role as independent designers how to assume progressive positions in the context of scenography. Relevance in the sense of “social scenography”, the efficient use of the means at hand, and the application of state-of-the-art production techniques constitute the framework of this kind of project-based, research work. In the first two semesters of Studio Scenography, students propose creative projects regarding currently topical issues on the basis of which the tools of orchestrated, spatial-dramaturgical – in particular the scenographic score and the storyboard – are introduced and tested. Students are familiarized with the parameters of scenography as developed by Prof Uwe R. Brückner in his concept of “creativ(e) structure(e)” – the object, content, space, viewer parameters – with the aim of developing project-specific, memorable spatial dramaturgies and tracks. In the course of the second semester, students begin to engage with and conceptualize the subject of their upcoming MA thesis. They have the choice of whether they wish to conclude the project-based, written and practical MA thesis in one (full-time) or two semesters (part-time). The students get to choose the format of their project – exhibition, installation, performance, stage-set, etc.). The choice of supporting mentors depends on the content and requirements of the chosen project format. The offer is aimed at interior designers, architects, set designers and designers in general who wish to advance their skills in creating dense spatial narratives and to explore new application opportunities and spheres of activity in the field of scenography.

Key data

Study mode
Master of Arts FHNW
ECTS points
Start of semester
September (week 38)
Next start
Mon. 16.09.2024 | Fall Semester
Final application date
Fri, 15.3.2024
Studying mode
3 to 4 Semester
Teaching language
English (B2 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


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