University of Applied Sciences, Nordwestschweiz

Name in original language: 
University of Applied Sciences, Nordwestschweiz
Freilager-Platz 1,


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.

Name of contact person: 
Werner Baumhakl