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Improvisation / open creative processes

Lab for creative performance and sound research

Key data

Master of Arts FHNW in Spezialisierter Musikalischer Performance, Improvisation / offene Gestaltungsprozesse
ECTS points
Start of semester
Beginning of September
Studying mode
Full time
4 semesters
Teaching language
Campus Musik-Akademie Basel
Stay abroad
Possible, not curricular
Application fee
200 CHF
Semester fee
700 CHF for Swiss citizens and students with legal place of residence in Switzerland | 1000 CHF for students from EU-/EFTA-countries | 1250 CHF for students from third countries


The application window is open from mid-December to the end of February. Information days on the degree programmes are held in mid-January. More information about the info days at

The primary focus of the degree programme is on developing an individual artistic language within the spectrum of current music creation by using the means of improvisation. It comprises the exploration and definition of one’s own "instrument" or "tool" in the broadest sense, including the process-like creation of binding musical orders ad hoc, the development and mediation of own compositional concepts, and the work on individual stage presence. Students learn to act communicatively, independently, and responsibly in various musical, performative, and installation environments – alone and in a group.

Instruction and self-study take place both individually and in the group. Regular public performances allow students to gain stage experience. In addition, projects in various formats are co-developed with other sonic space basel study courses including performance in contemporary music, composition, and audio design and are performed at national and international festivals. According to their personal interests, students also explore artistic work at interfaces to other media (e.g. dance, theatre, film, literature, installation).

The wide range of electives supports the modular orientation of the degree programme and offers the possibility of further individualizing the curriculum.


Academy of Music

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Academy of Music