Students are acquainted with the diverse and sensory world of textiles and fabrics from the ground up over the three-year programme. They work in their studios and in workshops for embroidery, knitting, fabrics and printing with the full wealth of textiles and non-textile materials as well. They develop and sketch independent artistic designs, with a strong focus on the investigation and interaction of colour, haptics, repeat patterns, materials, functions and manufacturing techniques. They think of surface designs in the transition into space and the body and work intensely in the various areas of applications of their products – from fashion, interior architecture and product design to sports and research.
They have the opportunity to specialise in techniques and contexts that correspond to their individual passion with the support of lecturers who bring to the table their knowledge from various areas of practice and in multidisciplinary collaboration with business and research partners from Switzerland, which has a rich textiles tradition.
Over the course of the entire programme, students also work on concepts and debates related to ecological, economic and social sustainability. They visit courses for subject-specific English, tour companies, participate in contests and practice presenting and communicating their works. In one-week theory modules, they work on textile and theory history, trends and marketing as well as with theoretical and scientific issues related to art, design, media, culture and philosophy. The curriculum is rounded off with two interdisciplinary project modules of the Lucerne School of Art and Design.
Finally, the students dedicate their bachelor’s theses exclusively to one self-chosen subject and apply the skills they developed over the programme in one independent project.