Free art – thanks to open art studies. This study course supports you in realising your own independent projects, which speak a quite unique (your!) artistic language. The course shows you how you can convey that resultant and unmistakable work into the art system.
The F+F Schule für Kunst und Design (F+F School of Art and Design) has redefined its Studiengang Kunst HF
(Art studies HF) to offer great freedom throughout its three-year full time programme – in artistic as well as personal terms. The study period can, to a large degree, be self-organised, the F+F studios are open round the clock and are also available at the weekend.
A simple, open-design course structure enables a straightforward immersion in art practice throughout the entire study period. The development of an independent artistic language and the possibility to take part in the current art discourse are of top priority. An uncomplicated exchange with other students helps in identifying one’s own strengths as well as build up a personal network. Internships in the art scene, as well as the possibility of an exchange semester to attend a European art academy, offer an additional, outside perspective on one’s own activity and work.
Only two fixed days per week for seminars and mentorship, one or two semester projects, one work presentation per semester and the attendance of in-depth seminars are compulsory. Thus, projects are developed together with specially invited people from the art world. In turn, the seminars offer a form of collaboration, which supports the contemplation and development of a narrative language geared towards one’s own artistic work. Furthermore, during the consulting and mentoring days, a core team of art, theory and mediation will discuss your own works and strategies – either in individual meetings or group discussions.
The manageable size and «short path» between students and school directorship stands for the open culture which has always been the rule at F+F. This also includes participation in the design of the study course as well as individual self-organisation. Nothing stands in the way of artistic self-determination: neither a lack of maturity nor tedious bureaucracy and certainly not a superfluous points system.
A minimum age of 18. Completion of a secondary level education (three to four years of basic vocational education with school-leaving qualification certificates). The educational background does not have to be relevant or discipline-specific. Applicants without secondary education qualifications (sur dossier) can be admitted upon evidence of outstanding creative abilities.
You will be invited to a personal interview. The prerequisite for this is that you are aware of a specific wish to study and that you bring along with you, works, projects or documentation of your previous artistic attempts and extra-artistic activities. Admission, intermediate exams and the final diploma qualification itself, is oriented toward specific artistic matters and not written work. The examination fees are 150 Swiss Francs.
Duration and Beginning of Course
The study course begins each August and comprises 5,400 study hours divided over six semesters. Relevant professional experience and previous education may be taken into account regarding the study period.
The course has been state approved since 1998 and is subsidised. Fees for those with residence in Switzerland or Liechtenstein recognised by national civil law: CHF 6 750 (Swiss Francs) per semester (CHF 1 125 per month). Fees for those without residence in Switzerland or Liechtenstein: CHF 11 750 per semester (CHF 1 960 per month). This includes individual use of the school infrastructure (including a studio workplace) outside of teaching hours. It excludes, however, personal utensils, equipment and materials.
Tertiary Levels, Higher Technical College, Advanced Federal Diploma of Higher Education.
Swiss state-recognised Advanced Federal Diploma of Higher Education in Fine Arts (dipl. Gestalterin HF Bildende Kunst/dipl. Gestalter HF Bildende Kunst).
Artists capable of materialising independent artistic works and projects. The professional environment is the broadly diversified, local and global art scene, which comprises self-commissioned artistic activity as well as project developments in the context of private or public commissions. Activities in the fields of visual design, photography and video/film, in information and entertainment media operations or in culture and mediation work outside of the classical art scene are just as conceivable and worth striving for.