Academy of Art and Design (HGK)

The Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, or Academy of Art and Design (HGK), is a college within the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), one of Switzerland’s leading universities of applied sciences and arts


Global Exchange School
  • Basel, Switzerland

Final dates announced on exchange school's website.

Spring Semester

February — September

Fall Semester

September — February

Open to RISD students

Juniors + Seniors. Minimum 3.0+ GPA required.

Eligible RISD Departments
  • Graphic Design

University Website
Exchange Website

Spring Semester Application Deadlines
RISD Deadline: Oct 24, 2019
School Deadline: Nov 1, 2019
Fall Semester Application Deadlines
RISD Deadline: Mar 19, 2020
School Deadline: Apr 1, 2020
Academic Credits
Minimum 12 RISD credit equivalency
Instruction Language
  • German

No English instruction

About HGK


We are partnered with the department of Visual Communication at HGK. Exchange students will enroll in bachelor's-level coursework.


The language of instruction at HGK is German but additional instructions may be given to exchange students in English. For a successful exchange experience an intermediate to upper intermediate German language level is recommended.

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Ready to Apply? Applications for Spring 2020 Global Exchange and AICAD Exchange are now open!

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