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European Graduate School

Founded in 1994, EGS offers degree programs, as well as Professional Development, for practicing professionals on a Graduate and Post-Graduate level. Its uniquely dynamic academic setting in its campus in Saas-Fee  high up in the Swiss Alps - allows a creative encounter with the foremost practitioners and thinkers in Expressive Arts (Therapy, Education, Coaching, Consulting, Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding) and in Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought (Architecture, Art, Contemporary Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Film, Literary Theory, Literature, Media Studies, Performance Art, Photography, and Video).

Information Session

Do you want to know more about our programs? We offer an expressive arts-based online encounter to learn more about our division and what is new.


Dare to ask, dare to listen, dare to create, dare to be who you are - let’s meet.



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If you want to join, please send us a message with your name and interest ( 

We are looking forward to hearing from you! 

Health-building and the Expressive Arts: Trauma Informed Practice in Communities and Society

October 24th - November 3rd, 2024; Valletta, Malta

Summer Session 2024

Session 1


From June 10 (Session 1 starts at 9am) to July 2 (Session 1 ends at 10pm) 2024 


Masters Program in: 

Expressive Arts Therapy

Coaching and Consulting 

Conflict Transformation and Peace Building 


Doctoral Program in Expressive Arts / Advanced Graduate Study in EXA ( First year, IMC 1) 


From June 10 to June 29, 2024 

Expressive Arts Master Exams 

MA Graduation Tour June 27-28

MA Graduation Ceremony June 29 

From June 10 to July 2, 2024 

Professional development: Expressive Arts Digital Arts and Media KS

From June 21 to July 2, 2024 

Professional development: Expressive  Arts Practice A-P 

Session 2 


From July 5 (Session 2 starts at 9am) to July 27 (Session 2 ends at 10pm) 2024 



Masters Program in: 

Expressive Arts Therapy

Coaching and Consulting 

Conflict Transformation and Peace Building 


Doctoral Program in Expressive Arts / Advanced Graduate Study in EXA ( Second year, IMC 2) 



​The European Graduate School (EGS) will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit (August 18th to 21st, 2024), by a team representing the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, NEASC)
Please read the Invitation for Public Comments here


We are concerned about rising tensions in our society. Therefore, we want to state that the EGS firmly upholds the value of academic  freedom in study, research, and publication, both at the professorial and student levels and the importance of the comportment required for this commitment.
Please find here the complete statement of the Executive Committee regarding academic freedom and comportment. (June 2024)


Here you can find our latest Newsletter



After serving EGS since its inception, Margo Fuchs Knill, Ph.D. and Founding Dean of the Arts, Health & Society Division announced she would formally step down from the Deanship as of October 31st, 2023,  and from the management duties that come along with that position.
As of November 1st, EGS president Prof. Dr. Christopher Fynsk,  will oversee the Arts, Health & Society Division as a Dean ad interim until a successor is in place. Familiar EGS  leadership in the persons of José Miguel Calderon Ph.D. and Barbara Hielscher, Ph.D. Candidate will continue to serve as the academic management team of both, the MA Programs and the Ph. D Program.


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Online Introductory Courses 

Introductory Courses in Expressive Arts:  



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Facilitated by Prof. Margo Fuchs Knill, Ph.D.

What for poetry, and insofar can poetic writing support resilience, connectivity and balsam for body, mind and soul – especially in times where we are shaken by the terrible? I am interested to explore further with you the notion of ‘resilience poetry’, and poetry with its connection to the solution -based approach in expressive arts. The frame is educational, soothing, courageously meaningful, and a platform to cultivate connectivity in a time of uproar and recreation of hope.

As a point of departure, I put in quest-ion the poetic riddle by Pablo Neruda: 



Poetry is an act of peace. Peace goes into the making of a poet as flour goes into the making of bread.

Pablo Neruda



Every Thursday end of the month:

April 25, 3.30 – 5.00pm CET


Fee: We appreciate a donation to the EGS Paolo Knill Scholarship Fund 


Registration and information: 

Send an email to 

New Publications

Leben will leben - LOVE SURVIVES: Resilienz-Poesie für Krisenzeiten. Resilience-poetry during times of crisis and loss

Margo Fuchs Knill

Click here to see more

Solution Art: A Textbook of Art and Resource-orientated Work

Paolo J. Knill, Herbert Eberhart 

Click here to see more


POIESIS Journal 

A Journal of the Arts and Communication Next Steps, Next Beginnings: Volume 21, 2024

A Journal of the Arts & Communication

The 2024 POIESIS journal explores this topic through essays, images and poems. A PDF of the journal is available here


Here again the Poiesis Journal 2023

New Alumni Network

Join the EGS Alumni network by clicking here to showcase your current and previous academic/professional life and to reconect with fellow classmates.

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