Below you'll find a selection of frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us.

Tuition + Fees?

25,000.– CHF/year for international students, 20,000.– CHF/year for US Citizens. This may be paid on a year, semester or quarterly basis. Students should anticipate up to 1,000.– CHF per year for design supplies and materials.

Scholarships + Grants?

These are to be self organized by the applicant. We suggest that you ask your local government or embassy if they offer stipends for international study. You may also want to check if your country qualifies for an art school scholarship from the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists.

Work parallel to study?

A student residence permit in Switzerland will allow you to work up to 15 hours per week. Some students may also persue freelance work parallel to their studies, but keep in mind that this is a two year full-time intensive program.

Non-design background?

While a bachelors degree is required, it does not have to be in graphic design. Candidates should have either working experience in the field or come from an arts background.

English TOEFL requirements?

We do not require certificates, however candidates should be confident in the language.

Difference between MDes and MA programs?

Our MDes program is conducted entirely in English and is limited to a smaller class size for more direct contact. It places an emphasis on international design practice and is composed of a very international group of students. Recent students have come from: Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Iran, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United States of America. Candidates of the MA program receive a Master of Arts degree from The Basel School of Design, whereas our MDes program is a dual-degree program, with candiates receiving an internationally recognized Master of Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and a Master of Advanced Studies from The Basel School of Design (HGK).

Can I get by without knowing German? Will I make friends?

The program is conducted entirely in English, however we encourage students to take evening German classes, which is covered by your tuition. Basel is an international city, bording both Germany and France, and one will discover that it is almost too easy to get by using English or ideally at least a broken German. Within the institute one will find a very friendly atmosphere where students between all programs and levels interact frequently. The city and university offers many clubs and sports, so one should be able to find a group of common interests quite easily.

What involvement do we have with the MDes students in Chicago at UIC?

Each summer both 1st year MDes classes meet and partake in the Summer Workshops held in Basel. Every other year, a class trip is organized to visit Chicago for a combination of workshop, presentations, cultural and studio visits. On the odd years, a class trip is made within Europe. The location and activities of this trip are both decided and organized by the MDes class.


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