Zurich University of the Arts

Introduction

With around 2,800 students and 650 teaching staff, Zurich University of the Arts is one of the major universities of the arts in Europe. The study and research programme covers the areas of design, film, fine arts, music, dance, theatre, transdisciplinary studies, and the teaching of arts and design. The university also has many venues for exhibitions and performances, where the results of the education provided can be shown in public.

Zurich University of the Arts is part of the Zurich Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts (ZFH), and is a state university with its own legal entity.

Bachelor’s and Master’s studies

A degree programme resulting in a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree lasts three years, and can be taken in the following subject areas at ZHdK: Art Education, Contemporary Dance, Design, Film, Music, Theatre.

Master’s degree programmes ending in a Master of Arts (MA) degree generally require three to four semesters of full-time study. The following Master of Arts degrees are offered at ZHdK: Art Education, Dance, Composition and Theory, Design, Film, Fine Arts, Music Performance, Specialized Music Performance, Music Pedagogy, Theatre, Transdisciplinary Studies.

There is also a wide range of continuing education available, resulting in the following qualifications: Master of Advanced Studies (MAS), Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) and Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS).

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • German

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Programs

This school also offers:

MA

Master Art Education in Curatorial Studies

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Switzerland Zürich

The professional communication of culture, art, architecture, and design is essential. Education, effective staging, and communication in the area of arts and design have an important role to play, in both the public and private sectors, reflecting the shifts currently taking place in cultural production and the creative and cultural industries. In this context, the program in Curatorial Studies will enable the student to work successfully as a curator and/or as an art and culture educator across the entire spectrum of institutional and non-institutional contexts, in the public and private sectors, and in the for-profit and not-for-profit domains. [+]

Studying at Zurich University of the Arts

With over 2.500 students, Zurich University of the Arts is one of the largest arts universities in Europe. We welcome students seeking to cross boundaries and bring different fields together because we are convinced that the productive exchange with other disciplines brings forth better, more versatile, and critically minded curators.

We have an excellent network worldwide — thanks to collaborations with over seventy universities in Switzerland and abroad, and with countless partners from the fields of science, culture, business, and industry. This manifold collaboration stands for the national and international relevance of our programs.... [-]


Master of Arts in Dance

Campus Full time 2 years February 2019 Switzerland Zürich

The Master of Arts in Dance offers two specializations: Choreography, on one hand, Teaching and Coaching Dance Professionals on the other. It builds the choreographic and teaching skills needed to work with dance professionals and to qualify for the relevant professions. Coursework includes choreographic methods, teaching skills, and artistic research with a view to developing an individual artist or teaching profile. The programme promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and helps students to establish a sustainable network within the international field of dance. [+]

The Master of Arts in Dance offers two specializations:

Choreography, on one hand, Teaching and Coaching Dance Professionals on the other. It builds the choreographic and teaching skills needed to work with dance professionals and to qualify for the relevant professions. Coursework includes choreographic methods, teaching skills, and artistic research with a view to developing an individual artist or teaching profile. The programme promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and helps students to establish a sustainable network within the international field of dance.

The Master Dance, Choreography programme equips students to work as choreographers in the field of professional stage dance.... [-]


Master of Arts in Design

Campus Full time 3 semesters October 2018 Switzerland Zürich

Students pursuing a Master of Arts in Design deepen their existing design expertise through building an expanded set of disciplinary, entrepreneurial, and research skills. Our full-time three-semester programme has a strong research orientation, requiring students to undertake an individual Master projector to choose, manage, and bring to completion a proposed cooperation project. This course model creates the ideal conditions for graduates to enter positions of responsibility in enterprises, or to set up their own agencies, or to devote themselves to teaching and research, or to pursue an academic career by undertaking doctoral work leading to a Ph.D. [+]

Master students focus on developing individual design excellence to position themselves successfully in various contexts (entrepreneurship, teaching and research). The combination of various key aspects — self-responsibility, critical and interdisciplinary thinking, adopting a stringent design stance, and entrepreneurial action — plays a decisive role in enabling graduates to take their next career steps, to qualify for executive roles in international settings, and to pursue further (i.e. doctoral) studies.

The Master's programme of Zurich University of the Arts covers six specializations:

Knowledge Visualization: Generating and transferring knowledge through images and visualization. Translation of complex information into a visual language and communicating knowledge through images.... [-]


Master of Arts in Music Performance / Specialized Music Performance in Classical Music

Campus Full time 2 years February 2019 Switzerland Zürich

Students of the master's programmes in classical music at the Zurich University of the Arts are part of an international community. [+]

Students of the master's programmes in classical music at the Zurich University of the Arts are part of an international community.

There are two separate Master of Arts in Music Performance programmes aiming at different fields of study:

The Master in Music Performance offers a broad profile in instrumental and vocal concert performance. The Master in Specialized Music Performance offers three specializations: solo performance, orchestral performance, including orchestral piano, and chamber music, including collaborative piano.

Both programmes offer personal counseling; individual portfolio development, flexible curricula, top-notch faculty; 150+ elective courses; career center; performance opportunities; state-of-the-art infrastructure; leading partners; internships and more…... [-]


Master

Master of Advanced Studies in Art & Society

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 6  February 2019 Switzerland Zürich + 1 more

MAS Art & Society provides advanced education for agents working with art in social transformation. The MAS consist of three Certificates of Advanced Studies (CAS) programmes and a MAS Project. [+]

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Zurich University of the Arts

Programme ObjectivesThe Master of Advanced Studies Art & Society provides higher education in the field of Art & Society for professionals with practical experience and with an interest in working with art in social transformation processes.

Topics cover DIWO (do it with others) Culture, Crafts & Skills, Urban Agriculture, Art-led Participatory Processes, Practice Theory, Research Practice, Upcycling, Self-Organisation, Alternative Economy, Study Tours in IN--Bangalore, JP-Echigo Tsumari, CU-Havana, HK-Hong Kong, ID-Jakarta, ID-Jatiwangi, MY-Kuala Lumpur, CH-Zurich, etc.Modules focus on and take place in real-life contexts. They are designed collaboratively with local partner organizations, with artists, community and social workers, and researchers.... [-]


Contact

Address Zurich University of the Arts Pfingstweidstrasse 96 8005 Zürich Switzerland
Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland