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).

Programs taught in:
English
German

This school also offers:

MA

Zurich University of the Arts

The professional communication of culture, art, architecture, and design is essential. Education, effective staging, and communication in the area of arts and design have ... [+]

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.... [-]

Switzerland Zürich
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The focus of the master's program is the qualification of students for a complex work environment, be it in the field of practice / company, placement / communication or ... [+]

In the Master of Arts in Design, designers and personalities from design-related areas develop their mastery and achieve professional excellence. The focus of the master's program is the research-oriented working and thinking along the own design project. The combination of high individual responsibility, reflexive and interdisciplinary thinking, an own design attitude as well as entrepreneurial action play as crucial a role in the qualification for the further career steps as the ability to connect to international practice or higher education.

The study is based on a research-oriented model in which the students focus on developing their individual master project to maturity over a period of three semesters. Results are future-oriented design solutions as well as communicable knowledge and new methods.... [-]

Switzerland Zürich
February 2019
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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 ... [+]

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.... [-]

Switzerland Zürich
February 2019
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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…... [-]

Switzerland Zürich
February 2019
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Master

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The CAS/MAS in Curating is a discursive platform focusing on key areas of museology, contemporary exhibition-making and curating. It has a strong practical orientation – ... [+]

Taught modules, group activities, seminars, excursions and lectures delivered by a team of acclaimed international guest lecturers serve to build essential knowledge and skills in the field of museology and curating. Coursework also involves research and the development of individual and group projects from start to finish.

Degree programme content and structure

The Postgraduate Programme in Curating at Zurich Univer­sity of the Arts (ZHdK) is a discursive platform focusing on key ar­eas of contemporary exhibition­making. It has a strong practical orientation. Taught modules, group activities, seminars, and lec­tures delivered by a team of acclaimed international guest lecturers serve to build essential knowledge and skills in the field of curating. Coursework also involves research and the development of individ­ual and group projects from start to finish.... [-]

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February 2019
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Address
Zurich University of the Arts Pfingstweidstrasse 96 8005 Zürich Switzerland
Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland