Master of advanced studies in Design
for Luxury & Craftsmanship

Registration Deadline:
8 April 2022

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Switzerland is a privileged country in terms of know-how in the field of luxury and craftsmanship. Building on this tradition, this Master of Advanced Studies is for the holders of a Bachelor or Master’s degree wishing to further their knowledge in industrial design and investigate sectors of excellence as diverse as fine watchmaking, tableware or specific techniques using noble materials.

Presentation recording and registration for the online Portfolio Reviews

You will find below a presentation made at the beginning of 2022 as well as the date and link to register for our next online Portfolio Reviews, during which the head of programme and/or an academic assistant will give a preliminary opinion on your portfolio to apply at ECAL.

Information Session
Registration to the online Portfolio Reviews
Tuesday 8 March 2022, 9am–4pm (15 min. per person)

LEARNING objectives

We give you the keys to:

  • Develop professional knowledge through collaborative projects in partnership with brands from the world of luxury.
  • Travel in Switzerland and abroad to visit factories and meet professionals specialised in the different luxury sectors.
  • Develop a personal project to define future professional prospects.
  • Work on projects supervised by practitioners from all over the world with the aim of carrying out collective or personal projects.
  • Work closely with brand managers until the launch of the selected projects (production, international exhibitions, publications, etc.).
  • Create a link with certain brands beyond graduation and build a reinforced professional network.
  • Benefit from specific practical courses: Introduction to Fine Watchmaking (in partnership with the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie), Introduction to Art Mechanics (in partnership with FEMA), Sewing courses, Studio Photography courses, Graphic Design courses (InDesign), 3D courses (Rhino, Solidworks and Keyshot), 3D Animation courses (Cinema 4D), as well as other practical courses relating to the needs of the projects.
  • Improve your skills through theory courses: Foundation of Business (in partnership with the IMD Business School), Intellectual Property courses, as well as other practical courses relating to the needs of projects
Collaboration with La Prairie – Workshop visit
Workshop with Studio Formafantasma
Collaboration "ECAL × Vacheron Constantin: The Art of Celestial Mechanics" 
Collaboration with Christofle – Exhibition at the boutique Christofle. Paris
Collaboration with Marsotto – Exhibition at the Milan Design Week
Collaboration with Chopard
Collaboration with Rémy Martin
Collaboration with Petit h (Hermès)
Collaboration with L'Epée 1839
Course at IMD Business School, Lausanne
Collaboration with La Praire – Exploratory visit in Gstaad
Diploma project – Chialing Chang
Diploma project – Fernando Rivero


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

Jungyou Choi
Fiona Krüger
Stefano Panterotto & Alexis Tourron
Hongchao Wang

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, Marie Douel (Hors Pistes), Christophe Guberan, FROM, Tomás Král, Bertille Laguet, Nicolas Le Moigne, LeviSarha, Carolien Niebling, Léa Pereyre, Julie Richoz, Adrien Rovero, Brynjar Sigurðarson, Christian Spiess, SUPERLIFE, Hongchao Wang, Giorgia Zanellato...


Nicolas Le Moigne

Georg Foster
Clara Martin

Academic partner
IMD Business School, Lausanne
Cyril Bouquet, professor
Stéphane Girod, professor
Peter Vogel, professor
Tomas Kral
Nicolas Le Moigne
Xavier Perrenoud
Michael Anastassiades
Ini Archibong
Joachim de Callataÿ
Pierre Charpin
Ligia Dias
Jaime Hayon
Fiona Krüger
Sabine Marcelis
Luca Nichetto
Studio Formafantasma
Bethan Laura Wood
Privileged collaborations
Bottega Veneta
EHL Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne
Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie
Fondation Michelangelo
La Prairie
L’Epée 1839
Maison Francis Kurkdjian
Mec­-Art Formation en mécanique d’art
Petit h
Rémy Martin
Vacheron Constantin


Yearly fees (materials included)
CHF 12 175.–

Language: English

Length: 2 semesters

Credits: 60 ECTS

Qualification issued
Master of Advanced Studies HES-SO in Design for Luxury and Craftsmanship

Frequently asked questions


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


  • Bachelor’s degree in the target field
  • 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 until 18 March 2022 the latest. Request of evaluation submitted after the above mentionned date will not be processed.

What is the Master’s project?

This is a project that can be developed over the course of an applicant’s studies, perhaps in the context of the diploma. ECAL does not, however, expect applicants to submit finalized project plans on registration. Applicants usually submit ideas or outlines that they then develop over the course of their studies.

Is there a limit to the size of the portfolio?

Yes, in that applicants are asked to submit a portfolio that is representative of their recent work. Applicants thus select the work they want to present.

Is it possible to work at the same time as I complete the Master programme?

The ECAL Master programme is full time. The time spent in courses and workshops, along with the hours spent on course-related personal work, leave little time for a student job.

Does ECAL offer French classes for non-French-speaking students?

No, not at the moment.

Can I register for one of the ECAL Master entrance exams if my Bachelor is not in arts and design?

Yes, but only for the Master in Film Studies, which comprises various options (direction, editing, screenplays, sound and production). For the other Masters (Fine Arts, Product Design, Photography and Type Design). applicants must have a Bachelor in a related field. Don’t hesitate to contact the ECAL Secretariat if you have any questions.

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

Yes, if you have the requisite diplomas. Don’t hesitate to contact the ECAL Secretariat if you have any questions.


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.


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.


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

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, 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.