We have been offering education in design, film, and art here in Lucerne for nearly 140 years. We accompany talented young people as they grow to becoming creative designers and artists. Our whole focus is on our students: they learn their trade in our workshops, they experiment with a wide range of materials, and they create their visions, products and works of art in close cooperation with our lecturers and with each other. Our workshops can look back on a long tradition of accumulated knowledge and skills; at the same time they are laboratories for inventing the future.
At the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, we educate pioneers who test the limits of their world, discover innovative niches, and relocate fringe phenomena in the centre of their work. Creativity prospers in freedom, in experimenting with reality, in engaging with the world. During their studies, our students gain practical experience at the workplace, engaging with the city’s industrial quarter and its public spaces, discovering their professions in art and the creative economy. Having space to experiment, to test the limits of the possible, and also to fail – this is the sine qua non for designers, filmmakers, and artists of tomorrow.
We accompany our students on their way to the society and economy of tomorrow – be it digital or analogue. Located between traditional factories and new media labs, we work with cameras and looms, computers and pencils, 3D printers and hammers. Sharing our tools, together we survey the materiality of the post-digital world. In order to create design, film, and art for the 21st century, we believe we have to make use of both worlds – those of crafts and digital technology. Only by combining and exploring the sensual, the haptic and the virtual can we solve real-world problems of sustainability, ecology and coexistence.
We are the link between our region and the world: our new centre is located on the edge of town, in the middle of the industrial area ’Viscosistadt’ (Viscosi City) – with a view of the Alps of Central Switzerland and the Pilatus massif. In a district with a large immigrant population, located between idyllic riverscape, motorway, multiplex cinema and Turkish supermarket, we are creating a school that is open to its surroundings, exploring and helping to develop its neighbourhood. We work just as closely with our local partners in the Municipality of Emmen as we do with our partner schools in Europe, India and China, creating a regional and global future that makes full use of the innovative potential of design, film, and art.
We get involved: urban development through art, the dynamics of the creative economy, innovation through research – happy to be helping shape the world and hungry for the future – these are the keywords of the education we offer at the Lucerne School of Art and Design.
Prof Dr Gabriela Christen
Dean of the Lucerne School of Art and Design
Image above: Ingo Höhn