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On this page you’ll find both facts about what to expect from the Foundation Course in Art and Design, and details of the admissions procedure.
Registration deadline is on Monday, 2 December 2019. Please address inquiries about later registration to Monika Roth. The Foundation Course lasts two semesters, from August 2020 to May 2021 – or to May 2022, for part-time students on the two-year programme. Scroll down for more details.
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PDF Aufnahmeverfahren Vorkurs 2020/21 (Only in German)
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PDF Studiengebühren Schuljahr 2019/20
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The Foundation Course in Art and Design does what it says, namely provides an excellent basis for advanced studies in art, design and film at home or abroad. It is a prerequisite of most bachelor degree programmes. By the end of the Foundation Course students have a comprehensive portfolio of work that attests their aptitude for further study. However, the Foundation Course is no guarantee of admission to a degree programme.
There are two stages to the admissions procedure. The first consists in independent work on set themes that are announced during an admissions open day in early December. The work must be submitted by end of January. Selected applicants are then invited to a half-day admissions procedure held mid-February, during which they must complete one or two set tasks. Final decisions on admissions are announced in late March/ early April.
Further helpful information can be found in the PDF: Aufnahmeverfahren Vorkurs 2019/20 (only available in German).
Registration deadline for the Admissions Procedure is Monday 2 December 2019.
The one-year (or for part-time students, two-year) Foundation Course 2019/20 begins on 05 August 2019.
Foundation Course – Academic Year 2019/20:
First Semester begins: 05 August 2019
Study Trip: 30 September – 04 October 2019
Autumn Break: 07 October – 13 October 2019
Second Semester begins: 16 December 2019
Christmas Break: 21 December 2019 – 5 January 2020
Carnival Break: 20 February – 26 February 2020
Annual Degree Show: 06 May – 09 May 2019
Semester ends: 11 May 2020
Tuition Fees per Semester
CHF 803.– for students resident in Canton Lucerne or any canton signatory to the Reciprocal Agreement (incl. CHF 3.– membership fee in the SUMO students’ association)
CHF 8’050.– for students resident in any canton non-signatory to the Reciprocal Agreement, who are subject also to a one-off service fee of CHF 60.–
Further helpful information can be found in the PDF: Studiengebühren Schuljahr 2019/20 (only available in German).
The Lucerne School of Art and Design
Foundation Course in Art and Design
Sentimatt 1 / Dammstrasse
6003 Lucerne, CH
Full-time students: one year (two semesters)
Part-time students: two years (four semesters) Please see Part-time Foundation Course: Details.
Potential Further Studies
A bachelor degree programme at university; or further training in a fine arts field or creative industry.
Further information on bachelor programmes at the Lucerne School of Art and Design.
The Lucerne School of Art and Design offers the Foundation Course in Art and Design as preparation for successful admission to a bachelor degree programme.