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Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – Lucerne School of Art and Design

Lucerne School of Art and Design

Switzerland Full Member Institution

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Mission Statement

Founded in 1877 as the Lucerne School of Arts and Crafts, the Lucerne School of Art and Design today has more than 700 students benefiting from its strong expertise in research and development, making it one of Switzerland's leading providers of degree programmes in art, design, and film.

We deliver innovation and identify niches; we create images, narratives, products, strategies and processes that provide meaning and add cultural, economic and social value. Our workshops are practical and relevant; we have a high profile in the public sphere; we maintain cooperation with our external partners. Proud of our long-standing traditions, we move forward with confidence. Our roots are in Central Switzerland, yet we have a network at an international level.

International Role

The Lucerne School of Art and Design currently maintains around 70 international partnerships in Europe, India, China, South Korea, Japan, Israel, Columbia and Russia. Student and staff exchange as well as bilingual programmes contribute to the internationalisation of the institution. Teaching methods are modularly constructed and lead to nationally as well as internationally recognised qualifications.


National Role

The Lucerne School of Art and Design is the oldest art school in Central Switzerland and is widely seen as a reliable and competent partner specialised in four fields: training, professional development, research and development and services in the public space, in the public as well as in the private sector. Our geographic focus is not only on Central Switzerland but also far beyond. We collaborate with many domestic and international partner universities and companies in our main areas of competences.

Main Focus

Design, Film and Art: Bachelor, Master, Research

Faculties and Departments

Fine Arts and Art & Design Education, Visual Communication, Film, Product Design

Bachelor Level Programs

3 years in:

Animation / Video / Camera Arts / Graphic Design / Illustration fiction and nonfiction / Digital Ideation / Textile Design / Object Design / Design Management, International / Data Design Art / Spatial Design /Fine Arts and Art & Design Education

Master Level Programs

Master of Arts in Fine Arts (4 semesters)

Master of Arts in Design (3 semesters)

Master Digital Ideation (3 semesters)

Master Eco-Social Design (3 semesters)

Master Service Design (3 semesters)

Master of Arts in Film (4 semesters)

Master of Arts in Animation (4 semesters)

Research Activity and Main Areas

Visual Narrative – Product and Textiles – Design & Management – Art, Design & Public Spheres

Subject Areas for Exchange Students


Graphic Design

Illustration fiction / nonfiction

Camera Arts

Digital Ideation

Textile Design

Object Design

Design Management, International

Data Design Art

Spatial Design







Fine Arts and Art & Design Education

Application Deadlines

Autumn term: March 28

Spring term: September 28

Teaching Languages


English only: Design Management, International

German only: Graphic Design

Semester Dates

autumn term: Sep – Feb spring term: Feb – June

Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)

Approx. CHF 1750.-


Bachelor: 600
Master: 120
Doctorate: 16

Exchange Students

Incoming: 20-25
Outgoing: 20-25

Teaching Staff

Professors: 25
Lectures: 81

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