Application and Admission


Who can apply?

  • Applicants with a Swiss or international university degree from a College or University of Art and Design.
  • University graduates with majors in the humanities or technical subjects.
  • Transfers from other universities or other accredited academic institution are possible and will be examined individually.
  • Admissions "sur dossier" (for applicants without a university degree) are subject to separate assessment. Please contact us if you have any questions.

How can I apply?

  • 1) Registration for the admission procedure: Online application
  • 2) After reviewing the submitted documents, applicants will be contacted by us and asked to submit a personal portfolio and a letter of motivation in electronic form.
  • 3) Selected applicants will be invited to an admission interview. The interview is part of the overall assessment.
  • Deadlines:
    Application deadline Round 1: March 15th 2022
    Application deadline Round 2: May 15th 2022
    Start of studies: 19th of September 2022
  • Admission procedures take place twice a year. In exceptional cases, e.g. stay abroad, special professional situations or similar, a special date can be requested. Questions or further information on the admission procedure can be addressed to Nathalie Bahala at any time.
  • You can find more information on the procedure and dates of the admission procedure under Admission and Application in the menu item 'Design | Master Studio' as well as throughout the course of the online application.

Financial support / working during the Master

  • Studying at the Master Studio Design is a full-time programme. It is therefore only possible to work during your studies to a limited extent.
  • An overview of scholarships for foreign students can be found here. Swiss students can find information here.

What language is used for teaching?

  • The teaching languages are German and English.
  • We encourage English speaking candidates to acquire a basic knowledge of German of CEFR level A2 before enrolment or throughout the course of study.
  • A CEFR level B2 in English is expected. Proof can be documented by a certificate or provided during the admission interview.
  • The program can be completed (thesis) in either English or German.

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Career prospects

  • Our graduates assume responsible positions as designers in cultural or commercial professions.
  • Students with an MA degree command cross-disciplinary skills that qualify them for professional work as a designer in a design agency, for a career in teaching and research, for free-lance work, either alone or in a team, or to set up a business of their own.

Further information:

Study Guide 2022/23 of the School of Art and Design FHNW