Bachelor
Graphic Design

The 2021 SESSiON related to the Foundation Year IS NOW

CLOSED

NEXT SESSION in 2022

Description

From the conception to the production of all related media and printed matter (posters, books, newspapers and magazines), including the experimentation of digital media, digital publishing and motion design, this programme targets students wishing to master the tools and languages inherent in graphic design. Prospective, pragmatic and experimental, this Bachelor course is provided in the framework of the Visual Communication Department, which concurrently offers crossover courses and projects enabling students to acquire multidisciplinary skills (photography, interaction design, film).

Rewatch the live information session dedicated to the BA Graphic Design

Learning objectives

2

first year

We give you the keys to:

  • Acquire the basics of editorial design through the articulation of sequenced content and the creation of a simple printed editorial object.
  • Learn about typographic forms by sketching the skeleton of an alphabet.
  • Define the graphic elements that represent a visual identity on various communication media.
  • Articulate and arrange content on a website.
  • Design non-photographic images by addressing production and printing technique issues.
  • Immerse yourself in cross-disciplinary courses in Photography, Media & Interaction Design, 2D/3D Video Sequence (Cinema 4D, After Effects, Premiere).
  • Acquire background knowledge via courses in theory (History of Art, Photography, Film, Digital Culture, Industrial Design, Graphic Design, Contemporary Photography, Exhibitions and Publications).
  • Take part in weeks of workshops supervised by practitioners from all over the world with the aim of carrying out collective or personal projects
Sil-screen printing workshop with Sylvain Croci-Torti
Image Creation course with Guy Meldem - Julie Pavia
Image Creation course with Guy Meldem – Raphaël Carruzzo
Typography course with Robert Huber - Benjamin Huerta
Editorial Design course with Harry Bloch - Emilie Bouchet
Editorial Design course with Harry Bloch - Emma Chappuis
Workshop with Giliane Cachin – Amanda Puna
Workshop with Giliane Cachin –  Laura Trummer
Workshop with Giliane Cachin – Hugo Hectus
Workshop with Vincent Devaud
2

Second Year

We give you the keys to:

  • Design a complex printed editorial object both formally and conceptually.
  • Get used to typographic design by acquiring technical and stylistic mastery of type design.
  • Design media and graphic content linked to a project developed for one or more digital media (html, CSS).
  • Represent and make recognisable a visual identity (institution, event, brand) on various communication media.
  • Synthesise and graphically process information or data.
  • Set fluid graphics systems in motion.
  • Broaden your horizons through practical cross-disciplinary courses within a sequence (videoclip or VR) or editing project (of your choice) in collaboration with Graphic Design and Media & Interaction Design students.
  • Enhance your knowledge through theory courses.
  • Take part in weeks of workshops supervised by practitioners from all over the world with the aim of carrying out collective or personal projects.
Showreel Workshop Motion Graphics with Vincent Jacquier and Angelo Benedetto
Design in Context course with Nicole Udry - Inès Barrionuevo
Design in Context course with Nicole Udry – Julie Neuhaus
Editorial Design course with Diego Bontognali - Jean Reynaud
Editorial Design course with Diego Bontognali - Niki Paltenghi
Information Design course with Angelo Benedetto – Inès Barrionuevo
Information Design course with Angelo Benedetto – Julie Ryser
Workshop with Sacha Léopold (Syndicat)
Workshop with Jonas Voegeli (Hubertus)
Type Design course with Aurèle Sack - Adeline Vermot
Type Design course with Aurèle Sack - Timo Tiffert
Workshop with Mitch Paone (Dia Studio)
Summer University in Los Angeles
2

Third Year

We give you the keys to:

  • Design, produce and carry out a complex editorial project in a specific context.
  • Define, design and carry out a communication campaign aimed at a specific audience.
  • Develop a highly-complex font (title or text).
  • Create a graphic language based on visual research and experimentation with production tools.
  • Immerse yourself in cross-disciplinary courses to refine your collaborative skills in a transdisciplinary project.
  • Broaden your knowledge with theory courses.
  • Write a dissertation based on the knowledge acquired during the course of study.
  • Take part in weeks of workshops supervised by practitioners from all over the world with the aim of carrying out collective or personal projects.
  • Put into practice the know-how acquired in a graduation work and a portfolio, which will serve as a business card to integrate into the labour market quickly or continue your studies on an MA course.
Workshop with NORM
Type Design course with Aurèle Sack - Multiple projects
Course Image Creation with Guy Meldem – Astrid Durant
Course Image Creation with Guy Meldem – Thomas Prost
Editorial Design course with Gilles Gavillet and Jonathan Hares – Pauline Perret
Editorial Design course with Gilles Gavillet and Jonathan Hares – Lydia Perrot
Diploma project – Alexandre Lescieux
Diploma project – Arnaud Claret
Diploma project – Lou Rais
Diploma project – Niki Paltenghi
Diploma project – Niki Paltenghi
Diploma jury
"ECAL Graphic Design" exhibition at Gallery l'elac

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Graphic designer, Motion designer, Art director, Creative director, Publisher, Illustrator, Type designer, Web designer, Teacher…

TESTIMONIALS FROM OUR ALUMNI

Clément Gicquel
Website@clementgicquel
Matthieu Huegi
@matthieuhuegi
Alice Vodoz
@alicevodoz

Other alumni

Jan Abellan, Thibault Brevet, Mateo Broillet, Maxime Büchi, Clémence Chatel, Chaumont & Zaerpour, Guillaume Chuard, Matthias Clottu, Emmanuel Crivelli, Vincent Devaud, Marietta Eugster, Eurostandard, Mads Freund Brunse, Louisa Gagliardi, Noémie Gygax, Hugo Hoppmann, Maximage, Mathieu Meyer, Adeline Mollard, Ian Party, Olga Prader, Teo Schifferli, Florence Tétier, Régis Tosetti, Raphaël Verona, Nadja Zimmermann

TEAM

ECAL Team
Head Visual Communication
Vincent Jacquier

Head Graphic Design
Angelo Benedetto

Artistic assistant
Julien Gurtner

Assistants
Léonard Guyot
Clio Hadjigeorgiou
Pierry Jaquillard
Baptiste Lecanu
Thomas Prost

Technology centre
Amaury Hamon
Vincent Jacquier
Tibor Udvari
Professors
Angelo Benedetto
Harry Bloch
Diego Bontognali
Gilles Gavillet
Guy Meldem
Aurèle Sack
Nicole Udry
Multidisciplinary fields professors
Antonio Albanese
Joël Vacheron
Claus Gunti
Vincent Jacquier
Violène Pont
Pauline Saglio
Anouk Schneider
Lecturers
Sébastien Agnetti
Atlas Studio
Alexandru Balgiù
Jonas Berthod
Sami Benhadj
Angelo Cirimele
Jonathan Hares
Robert Huber
Matthieu Jaccard
Calypso Mahieu
Benjamin Muzzin
Nicolas Nova
Pierre Ponant
Jeanne Quéheillard
Olivia Schenker
Karen Schmutz
Lionel Tardy
Chi-Long Trieu
Sebastian Vargas
Visiting lecturers
Ludovic Balland
Maxime Büchi
Giliane Cachin
Emmanuel Crivelli
Gilles de Brock
Sonya Dyakova
Marietta Eugster
Ronny Hunger
Eike Koenig (HORT)
Andreas Koller
Dafi Kühne
Florian Lamm (Lamm & Kirch)
Sacha Leopold (Syndicat)
Mevis & Van Deursen
Maureen Moorren
Sean Murphy
Karl Nawrot
Noir Associates
NORM
Mitch Paone (DIA Studio)
Damien Poulain
Brian Roettinger
Joanna Schaffter (Schaffter Sahli)
Michiel Schuurman
Spin Studio
Studio Feixen
Studio Joost Grootens
Julien Tavelli (Maximage)
Jonas Vögeli

Information

Ecolage annuel
CHF 1 925.–

Language: French

Length: 6 semesters

Credits: 180 ECTS

Qualification issued
Bachelor of Arts HES-SO in Visual Communication, major in Graphic Design

Frequently asked questions

bachelor

What are the qualifications required to register for the admission exam in Bachelor?

NECESSARY QUALIFICATION

  • Maturity certificate or Professional Maturity certificate (vocational diploma) or certificate from a recognised three-year school of general education (ECG), each to be accompanied by a General Federal Certificate of Vocational Education (CFC) in the field of desired studies (list available on the ECAL website)
  • Maturity certificate plus at least one year attested vocational activity in the field of studies (except for BA Fine Art) or a Foundation Year successfully completed at the ECAL (or another recognised higher-education establishment of art and design)
  • Professional Maturity certificate with a General Federal Certificate of Vocational Education (CFC) in a profession unrelated to the field of studies plus at least one year attested vocational activity in the field of studies except for BA Fine Art) or a Foundation Year successfully completed at the ECAL (or another recognised higher-education establishment of art and design)
  • Specialized Maturity certificate in art and design (MSAD)
  • Equivalent foreign certificate*

* ECAL evaluates title's equivalences. This procedure being relatively long, a request of examination must be submitted by email to ECAL Secretariat inscription@ecal.ch until 17 February 2021 the latest. Request of evaluation submitted after the above mentionned date will not be processed.

Am I required to do an internship after obtaining my baccalaureate / high school diploma, in order to enrol in a Bachelor programme? What conditions apply?

In addition to the requisite diploma, registration for the Bachelor in Visual Communication (Graphic Design / Photography / Media & Interaction Design / Film Studies) or the Bachelor in Industrial and Product Design requires either:
- at least 36 weeks (or nine months) of full-time certified experience in the world of work related to the chosen field;
- or successful completion of the ECAL Foundation Year or of a recognized bridge year for the colleges of higher education in art*.

Professional experience or the Foundation Year diploma are recommended but not compulsory to register for the Bachelor in Fine Arts entrance exam.

* For example, in Switzerland, the Art & Design Foundation Year of CFP Arts Genève, the Art & Design Foundation Year of the édhéa (Sierre) or the Art and Design Foundation Year of Bienne/Bern. Don’t hesitate to contact the ECAL Secretariat for additional information.

Can ECAL help me find an internship allowing me to enrol in a Bachelor programme?

No. ECAL offers a foundation year, but does not help applicants find an internship to register for a Bachelor programme.

Is it possible to join the Bachelor programme directly in 2nd or 3rd year?

In some cases, recognition of prior studies may be granted in the form of ECTS credits, depending on the applicant’s previous education. ECAL management makes a decision to this effect only after the admissions procedure has been completed and on receipt of an artistic application providing information on all previous studies (type, field, skills, courses, credits, grades, etc.).

Can I register for the entrance exam for a Bachelor programme even if I don’t have the requisite diplomas or certificates?

Yes. ECAL may exceptionally accept applicants demonstrating extraordinary artistic talent in a Bachelor programme even if they do not meet the admission requirements. However, applicants must first send the ECAL Director a written waiver request.

NB: This concerns in particular applicants who have not completed any training and who have no diploma.  Applicants who are under 25 at the time of the application and who have a CFC or a diploma from an upper secondary specialised school (école de culture générale, ECG) must first obtain a professional or specialised baccalaureate before registering for a Bachelor entrance exam.

What does a waiver request comprise?

Applicants requesting a waiver submit an application comprising a letter of motivation, a CV and a portfolio. If the request is accepted, they can register for the entrance exam in the field they have chosen.

Can I register to do the entrance exam for the Foundation Year and for an ECAL Bachelor programme at the same time?

No. If in doubt, please contact the ECAL Secretariat.

Can I register for two ECAL Bachelor entrance exams at the same time?

No. You are allowed to register for only one Bachelor entrance exam at a time, as it is not possible to do the practical and/or theoretical tests for two at the same time. Don’t hesitate to contact the ECAL Secretariat if you have any questions.

Is it possible to follow a foundation year in a HE other than the ECAL (at the HEAD or the edhea for example), and then apply for a Bachelor's degree at the ECAL?

Yes, the successful completion of an equivalent preparatory year allows you to apply for a Bachelor's degree at the ECAL.

What are the maximum 15 documents included in the portfolio?

These are projects that can each contain several pages.

LanguAGes

What are the languages of instruction?

Courses and workshops are in French in the Foundation Year and at Bachelor level (some Bachelor workshops are in English). Master / MAS programmes are for the most part bilingual (English/French). Fluency in French is therefore essential for the Foundation Year and Bachelor programmes. The same applies to English at least for Master programmes.

Do I need a language certificate to enrol in an ECAL course?

Yes. For the Foundation Year and Bachelor programmes, non-French-speaking applicants who have not attended school in Switzerland must be able to attest that they are proficient in French at the B2 level of the European Language Portfolio. The B2 level is required on registration.

Generally speaking, language proficiency is also checked by the juries during the entrance exam.

Accommodation

Does ECAL have a residence?

ECAL has neither a residence nor a campus, but it can, to a limited extent, help students looking for accommodation. As the housing market in the Lake Geneva area is relatively tight, students are advised to make arrangements well in advance.

Can ECAL act as a guarantor on a lease signed by a foreign student?

No, not at the moment.

Practical informations

Due to a serious lack of availability on the local market, it is very difficult to find an accomodation in Lausanne therefore you should look well in advance to find a suitable accommodation. Please keep in mind that you may be required to provide a
3 month safety deposit.

The following solutions are available:

Furnished studios or flat-sharing for students in Lausanne

Rooms to rent

Scholarships / tuition

I am a foreign student. Can I obtain a scholarship in Switzerland?

Educational assistance (grants or student loans) is awarded by the cantons and is intended for Swiss students (nationals, foreign permanent residents and persons with refugee status). It is not available to foreign citizens residing in Switzerland for the purposes of study only. However, the Swiss Confederation offers excellence scholarships to foreign students, researchers and artists for a period of study or research in Switzerland.

I am resident abroad. Will my tuition at ECAL be higher than for a student resident in Switzerland?

Except for the Foundation Year, where the course fees are determined by the student’s domicile, tuition is the same for all students in the same Bachelor, Master or MAS programme.

Miscellaneous

Does ECAL offer evening or summer courses? Can I sign up just for certain specific courses or workshops?

No, not at the moment.

Can I have a tour of ECAL?

En dehors des manifestations organisées par l’ECAL (expositions diverses, Open Day, etc.), aucune visite n’est autorisée à titre individuel. Des visites de groupes peuvent être organisées, mais planifiées suffisamment à l’avance. Le cas échéant, merci de contacter directement le Secrétariat de l’ECAL, à l’adresse ecal@ecal.ch.

My company wishes to hire an ECAL student as an intern or employee. What do I have to do?

Please send the ECAL Secretariat, at ecal@ecal.ch, an advert in A4 PDF format containing all the information on the internship or job. The advert will be published on the ECAL intranet. Interested students will contact the advertiser directly.