In the Camera Arts program and the university, students learn and work in small groups. During the entire study period their development is supported by the department’s staff, international lecturers and visiting guests.
Beyond the guidance and coaching offered, studying at a University of Applied Sciences and Arts also implies that students educate and develop themselves. A large share of the full-time study involves self-study. This contains undertaking practical and theoretical investigations, such as field research, creative exercises, reading, group dialogues, writing and self-management. Students have their own co-working space at the university and they spend many hours developing their projects at their desk, in the Media Lab, or in one of many different technical workshops available at the university. Apart from attending classes and conducting project work, students meet up with their peers in the Media Lab or other hangouts in the school to exchange professional questions, or just to chill with newly found friends.
Graduates of the BA Visual Communication – Camera Arts quickly find employment as employees or as self-employed professionals in visual journalism, editorial photography, newsrooms, audio-visual production, visual communication, design agencies and marketing, or in the fields of urban development and architecture as well as art and social services. Former Camera Arts students are employed or engaged on a long-term freelance basis at various leading Swiss media companies and platforms. Other graduates have joined forces in media collectives and studios and complement each other both in terms of content, creative and operational capacities.
Those who want to refine and deepen their skills and knowledge decide to complete a Master of Arts in Design, Master of Arts in Film or a Master of Arts in Fine Arts before entering the labor market.
In addition to the innovative curriculum for students, the Camera Arts program, also serves as a platform for meeting new people and professionals of various trades. On a regular basis international visiting guests are invited and additionally excursions to exhibitions, events, workshops and studio projects are organized.
Camera Arts online
CA Forum Facebook
«Bilderwissen / Decoder l’image», Symposium with SPECTRUM (ehem. ASIP), 2013
Lectures and Events
Visual media designers, photographers, artists and other creative and progressive thinkers are invited to develop visual, written or other media-based contributions to CA Positions ,Camera Arts’ online publication platform on contemporary visual media and (post-)photography in relation to social questions.
Through additional formats, events, initiatives and partnerships, Camera Arts promotes professional and social discourse within and outside the walls of the university.
Several project partnerships with external partners have been developed over time. At the core of every collaboration within the context of Camera Arts and the university, is the ambition to create opportunities for students to practice and nurture their conceptual and creative abilities. Additionally, thematic and professional research and development have priority.
Current and Past Partnerships:
SPECTRUM – Photography in Switzerland
Collaboration on visual storytelling about science and scientists. See project page.
Lucerne based manufacturer of advanced lighting for which Camera Arts has developed internal film productions.
Interested in a partnership?
Camera Arts is approached on a regular basis with requests for project collaborations. Often these concern requests for free photography or video services. The Camera Arts program does not provide individual operative services. In these cases, we are pleased to refer to our former Camera Arts graduates who are active in various professional visual media contexts.
As a laboratory for visual media, the BA Visual Communication – Camera Arts is interested in larger and long-term project collaborations, which involve conceptual exploration, research and development, or projects where visual-strategic expertise is needed:<
– investigative visual research and visualization
– image und representation concepts
– innovative photography and film formats
– complex editorial strategies for transmedia storytelling
– visual identity and corporate design explorations
– Design and art projects
We are particularly interested in projects with processes and/or outcomes that have value beyond the immediate scope of the intended product. The underpinning for every project partnership is a shared interest in progressive professional and social development beyond the status quo – which is at the core of a university of art and design. Project collaboration is based on third-party funding.
For inquiries about the possibilities please contact
Evert Ypma, Head of program.