The Critical Media Lab is engaged in teaching activities within various programs of the Basel Academy of Art and Design FHNW.

Members of the CML are teaching and mentoring in the BA Process Design, which is located at our partner lab HyperWerk. Together with HyperWerk, we offer the MA program Experimental Design. We are also hosting the school’s PhD program MAKE/SENSE. We offer courses in the undergraduate elective course program CoCreate as well as in the continuing education program Art & Design. Our regular Colloquiums and Lab Days are open for students, educators and researchers from the school and beyond (please be in touch if you’re interested).

BA Process Design

At HyperWerk

“How can we live together?” What values and norms are invoked and how are these related to one’s own viewpoint and the realities of life? Reflecting on one’s own prejudices with regard to design practices and coming to terms with one’s own privileges are prerequisite to non-discriminatory design processes. The students analyse social transformations, traditional crafts, and new technologies, making prototypical use of the opportunities that emerge. They are encouraged to generate exemplary responses, speculative models, radical proposals and convincing alternatives in a rapidly changing world.

Matthias Böttger is head of the BA program.

MA Experimental Design

Critical Media Lab & HyperWerk

The MA Experimental Design builds on ideas realized in the BA Process Design but puts research at the heart of your studies. We combine individual studio practice with a good dose of peer-learning and collective, interdisciplinary project work. The MA provides you with the opportunity to modify, hack, manipulate, recode or rewrite the processes that have come to determine how we live together.

Helen V. Pritchard is head of the MA program ad interim.

MA Experimental Design

The MA Experimental Design is transitioning to Transversal Design for 2024. Read more about the new program:
MA Transversal Design


In partnership with University of Art and Design Linz

The MAKE/SENSE PhD program promotes practice-based research in art and design. Operating within three future-facing areas of concern: Planetarity, Materiality and Response-ability, the program focuses on the relevance and potentials of practice-based research in art and design for sociocultural, political, and ecological transformations.

The PhD program is headed by Lucie Kolb & Johannes Bruder.

Decolonizing Digital Archives

21–25 August 2023

Continuing Education programme on post-digital and decolonizing practices in the context of digital archives.

The Listening Academy Basel

28 August – 3 September 2023

Continuing Education programme on listening as a creative and critical practice, led by Budhaditya Chattopadhyay and guest lecturer Brandon LaBelle.

Decolonizing Digital Archives

Workshop as part of the Continuing Education offers of FHNW Academy of Art and Design.