Master
Fine Arts

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

13 APR 2021

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Description

Contemporary art is an ever-changing, heterogenous, richly varied field in which professions and specialisations are constantly being redefined. This programme, whose primary mission is to train top-level artists, theoreticians and curators, is intended for holders of a Bachelor’s degree who are passionate about the various aspects of this discipline. This Master offers a unique opportunity to understand and experience the mechanisms of the contemporary art scene, to assimilate a wide range of knowledge and techniques and to grasp the new stakes of art today.

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Learning objectives

2

First Year

We give you the keys to:

  • Write a Master’s thesis over the entire academic year, in line with the professional field: artistic production, critical reflection, dissemination and outreach.
  • Learn about technical workshops and produce works in the different workshops (wood, steel, lithography, etc.).
  • Immerse yourself in group trips in various international contemporary art exhibition contexts.
  • Immerse yourself in collective situations of exhibition and experimentation of the different formats of creation and dissemination of contemporary art.  
  • Take part in weeks of workshops and studio visits supervised by practitioners from all over the world with the aim of carrying out collective or personal projects.
  • Benefit from interdisciplinary teaching in the form of workshops (HES-SO Pool) developed by the three schools of the MA Fine Arts, open to all students of ECAL, EDHEA and HEAD.
  • Structure your thinking in transdisciplinary seminars (History of Contemporary Ideas, led by major figures of thought in the fields of art, philosophy and social sciences).
  • Integrate the Master’s Symposium around a theme centred on the research programme which encourages exchanges between students from the five majors of the MA in Fine Arts at HES-SO.
  • Attend end-of-year feedback and evaluation sessions with teachers and art professionals.
Pool workshop
Workshop with Marie Angeletti
Workshop with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
Workshops with Cecile Bengolea and Karl Holmqvist
Lecture by Camille Henrot
Theory course
Semester project – Francesco de Bernardi
Semester project – Natalia Mymram
"Ending Explained" exhibition att Gallery l'elac
2

Second year

We give you the keys to:

  • Write a Master’s thesis over the entire academic year, in line with the professional field: artistic production, critical reflection, dissemination and outreach.
  • Get familiar with technical workshops and produce works in the different workshops (wood, steel, lithography, etc.).
  • Immerse yourself in group trips in various international contemporary art exhibition contexts.
  • Immerse yourself in collective situations of exhibition and experimentation of the different formats of creation and diffusion of contemporary art.  
  • Take part in weeks of workshops and studio visits supervised by practitioners from all over the world with the aim of carrying out collective or personal projects.
  • Take a study and research trip linked to the Master’s thesis project in collaboration with different organisations or institutions in the art world.
  • Benefit from interdisciplinary teaching in the form of workshops (Pool HES-SO) developed by the three schools of the MA Fine Arts, open to all students from ECAL, EDHEA and HEAD.
  • Structure your thinking in transdisciplinary seminars (History of Contemporary Ideas, led by major figures of thought in the fields of art, philosophy and social sciences).
  • Integrate the Master’s Symposium around a theme centred on the research programme which encourages exchanges between students from the five majors of the MA in Fine Arts at HES-SO.
  • Defend your thesis.
  • 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.
Soma Summer University in Mexico
Summer University in Los Angeles
"Usefulless" exhibition at Galle Crèvecœur, Paris
Exhibition by Loucia Carlier, graduate, at artgenève
Diploma project – Agathe Naito
Diploma project – Riccardo Sala
Diploma project – Julie Monot
Diploma project – Lorenza Longhi
Diploma project – Marc Rigoni
Diploma jury

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Visual artist, Art critic, Curator, Art director, Teacher, Cultural mediator, Performer, Stage manager, Exhibition designer, Video artist…

Testimonials from our alumni

Tina Braegger
@tina_braegger
Stefania Carlotti

Other alumni

BA and MA Fine Arts: 
Alfredo Aceto, Valentin Carron, Claudia Comte, Sylvain Croci-Torti, Stéphane Dafflon, Philippe Decrauzat, Natacha Donzé, Cyprien Gaillard, Frédéric Gabioud, David Hominal, Gilles Furtwängler, Mélodie Mousset, Simon Paccaud, Gina Proenza, Jeanne-Salomé Rochat, Denis Savary, Baker Wardlaw, Shirin Yousefi...

TEAM

ECAL Team
Head
Stéphanie Moisdon

Assistants
Lucas Erin
Shirin Yousefi

Engraving workshop
François Kohler 

Lithography workshop
Simon Paccaud 

Silk-screen workshop
Sylvain Croci-Torti

Professors
Valentin Carron
Stéphanie Moisdon
Denis Savary
Lecturers
Philippe Azoury
Neil Beloufa
Emanuele Coccia
François Cusset
Tristan Garcia
Matthew Lutz Kinoy
Fabian Marti
Mélanie Matranga
Vincent Normand
Emanuel Rossetti
Bea Schlingelhoff
Lucie Stahl
Zoé Stillpass
Visiting lecturers
Marie Angeletti
Daniel Baumann
Alexandra Bachzetsis
Tenzing Barshee
Cecilia Bengolea
Pierre Bismuth
Willem De Rooij
Claire Fontaine
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
Camille Henrot
Thomas Hirschhorn
Karl Holmqvist
Michel Houellebecq
Pierre Joseph
Isabel Lewis
Balthazar Lovay
Nathaniel Mellors
Hans Ulrich Obrist
Anne Pontégnie
Pamela Rosenkranz
Gerwald Rockenschaub
Georgia Sagri
Julia Scher
Juergen Teller
Eric Troncy
Oscar Tuazon
Xavier Veilhan
Tris Vonna-Michell

Information

Yearly fees (materials included)
CHF 1 925.–

Languages: French and English

Length 4 semesters

Crédits: 120 ECTS

Qualification issued
Master of Arts HES-SO in Fine Arts, major in EAE–European Art Ensemble

Frequently asked questions

Master

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

NECESSARY QUALIFICATION

  • 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 inscription@ecal.ch until 23 March 2021 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.

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.