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About BAS

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source: Design: Studio Good

The Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences (BAS) links within the university amongst others the following institutions:
Design Research Lab
Graduate School
Hybrid Plattform

Furthermore, it links postgraduate programmes of all four departments, e.g. for:
• Meisterschüler Students
• Doctoral Students

What is the Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences?

At an artistic and scientific university like the Berlin University of the Arts, artists and scientists work and research side by side and closely together. In order to tap the full potential of this special proximity of art and science even more, the Berlin University of the Arts established the Postgraduate Forum (PGF) in 2014. In response to the great international interest, the PGF was renamed in Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences, short BAS, in October 2016. The BAS functions as a roof that binds the different scientific and artistic postgraduate academic programmes (post master), doctorates, habilitations and research endeavours within the Berlin University of the Arts. Due to exchange and cooperation on an internal and external level, it aims to develop new and innovative formats that reinforce the dialogue between the arts and sciences.

Thus, the BAS links diverse programmes, formats and institutions that focus on different artistic scientific or scientific artistic projects like the Graduate School, the Design Reserach Lab, the Hybrid Plattform as well as further individual projects in the “third circle”. While networking these different formats and structures, BAS focuses on arising synergies between the arts and sciences. 

Realms of Experience in Arts and Sciences

Where, when and how exactly do arts and sciences encounter at the Berlin University of the Arts? What are innovative and new approaches for joint development? How do we experience the diverse interfaces? The BAS advances these questions by the means of events, discourses, experiments, publications & more.

It is also important for the BAS to strengthen networking and exchange on an international level. In November 2015 the symposium Artistic Needs and Institutional Desires took place. The BAS invited 18 international artistic as well as artistic scientific third cycle programmes in order to identify and discuss relevant discourses and questions. In summer 2017, the Einstein Circle body – y – motion: Zur Rolle von Körper und Emotionen in künstlerischen und wissenschaftlichen Praktiken at BAS. In autumn 2017, the BAS hosts the simposium Out of the Blue – aus heiterem Himmel. Vom Provisorium bis zur Improvisation: Handlungsstrategien im Ungewissen at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Relevant issues and results produced in the frame of the BAS are summarized in form of publications such as Research Environments – Reflections on the Value of Artistic Processes (2015) or Artistic Needs & Institutional Desires (working paper 2015).


The UdK-specific formats, institutions and programmes at BAS offer public events such as the Ringvorlesung of the Graduiertenkolleg, the series of events Salon für Ästhetische Experimente or the Graduale by the Graduiertenschule, the Design Research Colloquium or Hybrid Talks. Furthermore, the BAS organises events across faculties and subjects. 

Every semester we invite to the bas-treff informell, an opportunity to meet, exchange and network over coffee and tea.


Other BAS meetings are public colloquiums – sometimes faculty and sometimes subject oriented – where doctoral students present their own project and may receive feedback, e.g. in the Promotionskolloquium der Fakultät Gestaltung.

Shape BAS

The BAS is open for suggestions and ideas.