Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media

Hochschule Luzern - Design und Kunst

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts - Art and Design

Founded in 1877

Head of institution

Prof. Dr. Gabriela Christen

Visiting Address

Sentimatt 1 / Dammstrasse, CH-6003 Luzern, Switzerland

Phone +41 41 248 64 64

Fax +41 41 248 64 99



Baselstrasse 61b, 6003 Luzern
Video, Animation (2D and 3D), Camera Arts,
Master of Arts in Design

Sentimatt 1, 6003 Luzern
Graphic Design, Illustration, Textile Design, Material Design, Object Design, Design Management International, Fine Arts and Art Education

Grossmatte 28 und 30
6014 Luzern
Master of Arts in Fine Arts

Cumulus Contact person

Exchange Programme Coordinator, International Andrea Moor
Sentimatt 1, CH-6003 Luzern
Phone +41 41 248 6100, Fax +41 41 248 64 99
E-mail andrea.moor[at]

Contact person for inquiries on study programs

Moor Andrea
+41 41 248 61 00

Other contact persons

Heidi Estermann
Administration Exchange Programme, International Office



The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Art and Design is the oldest art school in Switzerland.
Core activity is the provision of various tertiary studies on BA- and MA level.
The Lucerne University comprises excellent and innovative programmes not only in design and art but also in engineering, technology, IT, business, social work and music. Our interdisciplinary approach gives us a unique profile for a strong curriculum and outstanding research.
Design and Art work closely together in a dynamic and fruitful exchange to contribute to social and cultural issues.

Our educational emphasis lies on practical experience and hands-on training.
Professors and students work closely together in small classes and well equipped workshops.
In addition to that a solid and strong theoretical background enables our graduates to succeed in the global job market and to become outstanding pioneers in artistic, creative and cultural developments and cooperations.

International role

The Lucerne School of Art and Design currently maintains 65 international partnerships in Europe, India, China and South Africa. Student and staff exchange as well as bilingual programmes contribute to the internationalisation of the institution. Teaching methods are modularly constructed and lead to nationally as well as internationally recognised qualifications.

National role

The Lucerne School of Art and Design is the oldest art school in Switzerland and is widely seen as a reliable and competent partner specialised in four fields: training, professional development, research and development and services in the public space, in the public as well as in the private sector. Our geographic focus is not only on Central Switzerland but also far beyond. We collaborate with many domestic and international partner universities and companies in our main areas of competences.

Main focus

Art and Design:
Bachelor, Master, Research


Faculties and departments

Art and Design:
Product Design, Visual Communication, Film, Art

Bachelor level programs

3 years in:
Animation 2D/3D / Video / Camera Arts / Graphic Design / Illustration fiction and nonfiction /
Textile Design / Object Design / Design Management International / Fine Arts and Art Education

Master level programs

Master of Arts in Fine Arts (4 semesters)
Master of Arts in Design (3 semesters)


Research activity and main areas

- Visual Narratives
- Explanation and Services
- Product and Textile Design
- Design and Management
Fine Arts
- Art in Public Sphere
- Art material research


Subject areas for exchange students

Graphic Design
Illustration fiction and nonfiction
Camera Arts
Animation 2D and 3D
Textile Design
Object Design,
Design Management, International

Fine Arts and Art Education

Application deadlines

For autumn term: end of April
For spring term: end of September

Teaching languages

German/some bilingual courses
English: Design Management, International

Semester dates

autumn term: Sep – Feb
spring term: Feb - June

Cost of living per month (studying and living)

Approx. CHF 1500



  • Bachelor: 500
  • Master: 115
  • Doctorate: n/a

Exchange students

  • 20-25 incoming
  • 20-25 outgoing
  • n/a other (continuing education, post-experience courses, other)

Teaching staff

  • 25 Professors
  • 93 Lecturers
  • n/a Other permanent teachers
  • 200 Part-time teachers