On 1 August 2007 the University of Art and Design Zurich (HGKZ) and the Zurich School of Music, Drama and Dance (HMT) merged to become one of Europe’s largest universities of the arts: the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). Compromising more than 2000 students, the University offers a unique range of programmes from further education opportunities to undergraduate, postgraduate, and research degrees in design, film, art, media, music, dance, theatre, and art education. Our mission is to be at the forefront of learning, research, and practice. While anchored in Greater Zurich, our influence extends well beyond Switzerland to the international stage. Closely aligning teaching and research, our programmes are designed to promote transdisciplinary work. We provide a bridge between higher education, professional practice, and the general public by showcasing the achievements of our staff and students in the University’s own exhibition spaces, theatre, dance and concert halls, including the renowned Zurich Museum of Design and the newly established Theatre of the Arts (formerly the Sihl Theatre). We thus make a significant contribution to cultural life in the city and region of Zurich.
Zurich University of the Arts maintains numerous international partnerships, and engages with a range of networks and selected international organizations. An interest in the “foreign”, experience of the “other”, reflecting on one's own person, and, where possible, the evolution of something new in a “third space” that is shared – all this forms the basis for a diverse range of programmes and projects.
An awareness of globalization and of being globally connected is essential for all people at ZHdK. The objective of the Internationalization Strategy at ZHdK is to strengthen the position of ZHdK graduates for increasingly globalized professions and labour markets. This strategy targets not only international contexts, but also a Switzerland that has been internationalized as a result of migration. Accordingly, core tasks of internationalization involve a critical consideration of globalization models, and the role played by the arts and design in this. Likewise, a priority is to impart sensitive intercultural and cross-cultural practices, and an informed treatment of social, economi