Conversion of previous-law Titles

Since 2008, the Bern University of the Arts has been conferring the title Bachelor of Arts (BA) and, since 2010, the title Master of Arts (MA). For further education programmes, it has been conferring the title Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) since 2008, Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) and Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS).

 

For the assessment of previous degrees, it is decisive what the issuing school was, which title was conferred at the time and what the subject was.

 

Certificates of equivalence to the Master`s diploma can only be conferred in the Music Division.

 

DESIGN/FINE ARTS AND CONSERVATION/RESTORATION
Previous law titles FH/UAS, HGK

  • Designer FH/UAS (Visual Communication)
  • Conservator/Restorator FH/UAS
  • Artist HGK
  • Graduates in "Gestaltung und Kunst HGK" /Design and Fine Arts ("Fachdiplom" Lehrberuf/Specialised Teacher`s Diploma)

 

These previous law titles remain protected despite the change to the Bachelor-Master-System. Holders of titles according to previous law can also carry the title Bachelor of Arts. A change of title is not carried out.

 

According to the decision of the former Eidgenössisches Volkswirtschaftsdepartement, the Bundesamt für Berufsbildung und Technologie BBT on the 10th of January 2011, certificates of equivalence to the Master’s diploma cannot be issued in the field of art (degree programmes in Fine Arts and Visual Design).

 

Should you wish to acquire a Master’s diploma, please contact the Heads of Studies of the Master’s degree programmes to ask how previous study achievements can count towards a Master’s degree.

 

Diplomas without UAS or HGK title
Whoever holds a diploma without a UAS title from the Höhere Fachschule Gestaltung HFG can apply to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI (www.titelumwandlung.ch) and request to have the diploma changed into a UAS diploma according to previous law.

 

Who makes use of this possibility, may subsequently also carry the Bachelor title. However, no certificate of equivalence to the Master’s diploma can be issued for these diplomas. There is no deadline for changing these diplomas into UAS diplomas.

 

For further information on the conditions and the procedure, please consult: www.titelumwandlung.ch

 

MUSIC

MH title according to previous law (without Ryhthmics)
According to the decision of the former Eidgenössisches Volkswirtschaftsdepartement, the Bundesamt für Berufsbildung und Technologie BBT on the 10th of January 2011, persons holding the title of Musiker(in) MH of the Bern University of the Arts with a here listed Diploma (formerly Hochschule für Musik und Theater Bern) can have the certificate of equivalence for their title acquired under previous law issued by the Student Administration of the BUA.

 

Important for the validity of this certificate of equivalence:

  • The diploma, to which the certificate of equivalence relates, needs to have been acquired at the Bern University of Applied Sciences, Bern University of the Arts or “Hochschule für Musik und Theater Bern” and has to be attached to the certificate of equivalence.
  • The certificate of equivalence does not entitle the holder to carry the title Master of Arts.

 

Procedure

Holders of the diplomas listed above send an email with the following information to studadmin@remove-this.hkb.bfh.ch:

  • First and last name
  • Residential and billing address
  • A copy of the diploma (in pdf format)

 

The process is subject to a fee of CHF 50.00. As soon as this is paid, the certificate of equivalence will be sent to you by post.

 

MH title according to previous law in Rhythmics

These previous law titles remain protected despite the change to the Bachelor-Master-System. Holders of titles according to previous law can also carry the title Bachelor of Arts. A change of title is not carried out.

 

According to the decision of the former Eidgenössisches Volkswirtschaftsdepartement, the Bundesamt für Berufsbildung und Technologie BBT on the 10th of January 2011, certificates of equivalence to the Master’s diploma cannot be issued in this field.

 

Should you wish to acquire a Master’s diploma, please contact the Heads of Studies of the Master’s degree programmes to ask how previous study achievements can count towards a Master’s degree.

 

Music Diplomas without an MH Title

Holders of a diploma from the schools subsequently listed can apply to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI (www.titelumwandlung.ch) to have their diploma changed into a UAS diploma according to previous law:

  • Konservatorium Bern
  • Konservatorium Biel
  • Swiss Jazz School Bern
  • Hochschule für Musik und Theater

 

Who makes use of this possibility, may subsequently also carry the Bachelor title. However, no certificate of equivalence to the Master’s diploma can be issued for these diplomas. There is no deadline for changing these diplomas into UAS diplomas.

 

For further information on the conditions and the procedure, please consult: www.titelumwandlung.ch

 

THEATRE
Title TH according to old legislation
The title Theaterschaffende(r) TH remains protected despite the change to the Bachelor-Master-System. Holders of titles according to previous law can also carry the title Bachelor of Arts. A change of title is not carried out.

 

Theatre Diplomas without TH Title
Holders of diplomas without TH title from the Schauspielschule Bern can apply to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI (www.titelumwandlung.ch) to have their diploma changed into a UAS diploma according to previous law.

 

Who makes use of this possibility, may subsequently also carry the Bachelor title. However, no certificate of equivalence to the Master’s diploma can be issued for these diplomas. There is no deadline for changing these diplomas into UAS diplomas.

 

For further information on the conditions and the procedure, please consult: www.titelumwandlung.ch

 

NACHDIPLOMSTUDIENGÄNGE / POST-DIPLOMA PROGRAMMES (DIPLOMA NDS)

The Nachdiplome issued so far remain protected. Unfortunately, changing them into the new Further Education titles Master of Advanced Studies (MAS), Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) or Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) is not possible.

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