Bachelor
Industrial Design

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Description

Working with materials, designing or redefining an object’s function, creating new products, challenging production technologies, conceiving a scenography – this programme is for passionate, curious students wishing to make product design their profession. This vocational Bachelor course provides a high level of skills and know-how required by industrial designers.

Rewatch the live information session dedicated to the Bachelor Industrial Design

Learning objectives

2

First Year

We give you the keys to:

  • Develop skills (methodology) through a series of practical work on themes given by the teachers.
  • Master drawing and computer-aided design (CAD) software with the Adobe Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.) and Rhinoceros.
  • Experiment with different materials, technologies and production processes.
  • Get accustomed to professional drawing and object construction (technical drawing).
  • Practice applied photography with still lifes and the staging of objects.
  • Learn about graphic design (print and digital publishing).
  • 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 and/or personal projects.
Prototype workshop and Daily workshop
Workshop with Aldo Bakker
Prototype workshop
Workshop with Aldo Bakker
Contest Agora Biennale de Bordeaux – Coffee cups
Free project – Olivia Dall'Omo
Step by Step course – Frederik Buchmann
Step by Step course – Frederik Buchmann
"Kite Flying" workshpo with Alberto Meda
Lecture by Tom Dixon at ECAL
2

Second Year

We give you the keys to:

  • Work for one semester on themes given by the teachers.
  • Collaborate with renowned brands and institutions.
  • Create an exhibition blueprint or a physical environment that communicates, from the concept to its representation in a three-dimensional space.
  • Master computer-aided design (CAD) software using Solidworks and Keyshot.
  • Practice applied and plastic photography of contextualised objects, architecture and portraits.
  • Perfect your skills in graphic design (print and digital publishing).
  • Enhance your knowledge through theory courses (History and Culture of Industrial Design).
  • Take part in weeks of workshops supervised by practitioners from all over the world with the aim of carrying out collective and/or personal projects.
  • Optionally spend an exchange semester at a foreign university or complete an internship in acompany/agency.
«Le Cours de l'eau» installation with Adrien Rovero at Parc des Eaux-Vives, Geneva
«Le Cours de l'eau» installation with Adrien Rovero at Parc des Eaux-Vives, Geneva
Souvenirs for the Olympic Museum
"Ring my Bell" exhibition at the Milan Design Week
"Delirious Home "exhibition – Award for the best show at  at the Milan Design Week 2014
"Ring my Bell" exhibition at the Milan Design Week
"Delirious Home "exhibition – Award for the best show at  at the Milan Design Week 2014
Chine Hardware Innovation Camp avec l'EPFL à Shenzhen et Hong Kong
2

Third Year

We give you the keys to:

  • Work for one semester on a free, student-initiated theme.
  • Collaborate with renowned brands and institutions.
  • Create an exhibition blueprint or a physical environment that communicates, from the concept to its representation in a three-dimensional space.
  • Develop a portfolio through the valorisation, promotion and dissemination of a selection of projects carried out during your studies at ECAL.
  • Attend seminars on the practice of Industrial Design in view of life “post-ECAL”.
  • Take part in weeks of workshops supervised by practitioners from all over the world with the aim of carrying out collective and/or personal projects.
  • Write a dissertation based on the knowledge acquired during the course of study.
  • 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.
ECAL and EPFL+ECAL Lab workshops
Bench for the Musée National Picasso-Paris in collaboration with Tectona – Isabelle Baudraz
Bench for the Musée National Picasso-Paris in collaboration with Tectona – Isabelle Baudraz
One-week workshop wit EPFL+ECAL Lab – Portable LED lamps
Diploma project – François Lafortune
Diploma project  – Martin Stricker
Diploma jury
Diploma project – Emilie Stoll      
Diploma project – Nicolas El Kadiri
Diploma project – Sven Abplanalp
Diploma project – Louis Bétin


     

Career opportunities

Industrial and product designer, Furniture designer, Watch designer, Textile (soft goods) designer, Packaging designer, Colors and materials designer, Event designer, Exhibition designer, Signage designer, Product developer, Creative director, Teacher…

TESTIMONIALS FROM OUR ALUMNI

Micael Filipe
Website@mitchovsky
Quentin Frichet
@quentinfrichet
Christophe Guberan
Website@christopheguberan
Jules Mas
@jule.mas
Joel Salamin
@thejoelsalamin

Other alumni

BA Industrial Design, MA Product Design and
MAS in Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship:
Ini Archibong, Dimitri Bähler, BIG-GAME, Camille Blin, Daniele Bortotto, Antoine Boudin, Thilo Alex Brunner, Michel Charlot, D’Esposito & Gaillard, FROM, Tomás Král, Bertille Laguet, Nicolas Le Moigne, LeviSarha, Carolien Niebling, Léa Pereyre, Adrien Rovero, Brynjar Sigurðarson, Christian Spiess, SUPERLIFE, Hongchao Wang, Giorgia Zanellato

TEAM

ECAL Team
Head
Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard

Artistic assistant
Anthony Guex

Assistants
Benoît Chastenet de Géry
Giulia Chéhab
Amandine Gini
Victor Jacquard
Noelani Rutz

Professors
Antonio Albanese
Luc Bergeron
Nicolas Bourgeois
Christian Chabloz
Alexandre Gaillard
Claus Gunti
Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard
Tomas Kral
Patrick Monnier
Elric Petit
Adrien Rovero
Julien Wegmüller
Cédric Widmer
Lecturers
Maddalena Casadei
Michel Charlot
Pierre Doze
Christophe Guberan
Martin Haldimann
Matthieu Jaccard
Raphäel de Kalbermatten
Calypso Mahieu
Nicolas Nova
Cyrille Piguet
Pierre Ponant
Jeanne Quéheillard
Julie Richoz
Constance Rubini
Laurence Salmon
Wieki Somers
Chi-Long Trieu
Nicholai Wiig Hansen
Visiting lecturers
Shay Alkalay
Aldo Bakker
Jörg Boner
Antoine Boudin
Ronan Bouroullec
Mark Braun
Fabien Cappello
CATK
Pierre Charpin
Pauline Deltour
Joachim De Callataÿ
Thomas Deutschenbaur (DNS)
Nathalie Dewez
Marie Douel (Hors Pistes)
Andreas Engesvik
Constance Guisset
Floris Hovers
Chris Kabel
Christian Kaegi
Lernert & Sander
Map Project Office
Alberto Meda
Mathieu Mercier
David Geckeler & Frank Michels
Jonathan Olivares
Mathieu Rivier
Francesca Sarti
Shane Schneck
Inga Sempé
Hector Serrano
Yuri Suzuki
Charlotte Talbot
Alexander Taylor
Francisco Torres
Samuel Wilkinson
Sylvain Willenz
Roel Wouters
Clara von Zweigberg

Information

Yearly fees (materials included)
CHF 1 925.–

Language: French

Length: 6 semesters

Credits: 180 ECTS

Qualification issued
Bachelor of Arts HES-SO in Product and Industrial 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.