University of Applied Sciences, Nordwestschweiz University of Art and Design

mission statement

The Academy of Art and Design of the University of Applied Sciences in Northwestern Switzerland is the one and only university in Switzerland that offers all fields of studies in the area of design and art:

- Visual Communication/The Basel School of Design, Interior Design and Scenography, Fashion-Design, Industrial Design, HyperWerk/Postindustrial Design
- Art and Art and Design Teacher Education.

The diversity of disciplines reveals the potential of the HGK. Students take advantage of the many transdisciplinary angles that propell creativity. The transdiciplinary variety consequently establishes the critical praxis that informs the development teaching, research and continuing education in the field of art and desing on a everyday basis: thus contributing to the spontaneity and the excellence of the academy in the universitary environment.

Situated in Basel, the academy of art and design positions itself as an institution that carries praxis-related discourses into the cultural life of the city, of Northwestern Switzerland and beyond the surrounding borders to Germany and France. It's capacity for strategies in support of the transformation and conversions of art and design, enables their potential as driving forces in modern societies. For every design and every work of art is designated to become a document of its time.

Nurturing an aesthetic-art-driven socialization and sophisticating a professional understanding of culture this is the main faculty of an academy that contributes to forming contemporanity.

faculties and departments

Bachelor Degree:
HyperWerk Institute for Postindustrial Design
Visual Communication Institute / The Basel School of Design
Institute for Interior Design and Scenography
Institute Fashion-Design
Institute Industrial Design
Art Institute
Institute for Media Arts
Institute for Art and Design Education

Executive Master in Design:
MAS Design | Art + Innovation

Institute for Research in Art and Design

bachelor level programs

Duration for BA 3 years (6 semester)
Total amount of 180 ECTS Credits

master level programs

-Duration for MA in Design (Studiomaster) 1.5 years (3 semester), Total amount of 90 ECTS credits
-Duration for MA in Design (Visual communication) 2 years (4 semester), Total amount of 120 ECTS credits
-Duration for MA in Fine Arts 2 years (4semester), Total amount of 120 ECTS credits
-Duration for MA in Education for Art and Design 2 years (4 semester), Total amount of 120 ECTS credits

research activity and main areas

Institute of Art and Design Research,
- Iconic Research
- Knowledge in the Making (Entwurfsforschung)
- Art and Art Education

subject areas for exchange students

Bachelor Degree:
HyperWerk Institute for Postindustrial Design
Visual Communication Institute / The Basel School of Design
Institute for Interior Design and Scenography
Institute Fashion-Design
Institute Industrial Design
Art Institute
Institute for Media Arts
Institute for Art and Design Education

application deadlines

30 May and 30 November

teaching languages

German / English

semester dates

Autumn semester: from week 38 to week 3
Spring semester: from week 8 to week 24

cost of living per month (studying and living)

6850 EUR per semester
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