Full-time study

A four-year diploma study programme with with a main emphasis on painting.

Full-time study

The craft of painting and drawing form the basis of the studies at the Visual Art School Basel (VASB).

The full-time course leading to a diploma lasts four years. Each year is divided into two themes of about fifteen weeks. (See study content)

The year begins in October.



Input weeks

During the three input weeks, the topic will be worked on collectively. Guest lecturers or speakers are often called into collaborate and provide specialist support (depending on the subject, for example, a biologist, colour researcher, musician, astrologer, geologist, naturopath, etc.).

These three intensive introductory weeks are intended to provide an overview of the topic and to demonstrate painting and graphic approaches and implementations of the subject through experimentation, practical exercises and exchange.

Art history and art appreciation from antiquity to modern times accompany the respective topic.


Project weeks

The project weeks usually last twelve weeks. The project overview with suggestions written by the teachers is intended to help the student choose the project of its choice within the topic. The project work is mentored by the teachers. Exchange within the group and project collaborations support the individual work.


Project presentation / Exhibition

The individual projects are presented within the school at the end of the project-time. This takes the form of a brief oral description and a written documentation based on the research.

The project work is sometimes also publicly presented at the school in the form of an exhibition.


Graduation ‒ Diploma thesis

An independent project work within the fourth year of study on an individually chosen topic is part of the successful completion of the studies. Read more