Product Design

Registration Deadline:
8 April 2022

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As a decisive turning point in a career or as a follow-up to a Bachelor in Industrial Design, this Master programme is for students wishing to focus on two fundamental aspects of a designer’s practice, personal research as well as the professional handling of commissions for clients, companies or producers. Besides the steadily ongoing refinement of design research abilities and practical design skills the students are confronted with the multifaceted realities of the design business.

Presentation recording and registration for the online Portfolio Reviews

You will find below the presentation made in early 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
Monday 7 March 2022, 9am–4pm (15 min. per person) – SOLD OUT

Learning objectives


First Year

We give you the keys to:

  • Get up to speed by studying technical product design, 3D modelling and rendering (Solid Works, Keyshot), prototype creation in a model workshop (wood, metal, sewing), object photography and the history of product design.
  • Collaborate with companies or institutions to address your practice in a specific context.
  • Develop a personal approach in the form of a coherent individual brief and a solution in line with contemporary and future issues.
  • Take part in weeks of workshops supervised by practitioners from all over the world with the aim of carrying out collective or personal projects.
  • Set up coherent discourse in line with the evolution of the discipline, in order to develop a critical viewpoint through theory courses.
  • Immerse yourself in group trips for collaborative projects, exhibitions and company visits.
  • Participate in basic marketing and business courses given by well-known professors from the renowned IMD Business School in Lausanne. 
Prototype workshop
ECAL at Lausanne Jardins – Timothée Mion, Fabien Roy, Leonardo Vianello
Lecture by Skylar Tibbits
Exhibition with Foundation USM Design Grant 2018
Foundation USM Design Grant – Winner Luisa Kahlfeldt
Collaboration between UEFA, IMD, ThinkSport and ECAL
"ECAL x RBM by Flokk: The Future of School Seating" exhibition at Stockholm Design Week
"ECAL x RBM by Flokk: The Future of School Seating" project
Renault contest- Maxime Augay

Second year

We give you the keys to:

  • Collaborate with companies or institutions to address your practice in a specific context.
  • Develop a personal approach in the form of a coherent individual brief and a solution in line with contemporary and future issues.
  • Immerse yourself in collective trips in collaborative projects, exhibitions and company visits.
  • Write a thesis based on the knowledge acquired throughout the course.
  • 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.
«Workbays Village» in collaboration with Vitra – Exhibition at Vitra Campus, Weil am Rhein
«Workbays Village in collaboration with Vitra – Film by Traum Inc.
Summer University in Boston
"ECAL Digital Market" exhibition at Milan Design Week
"ECAL Digital Market" projects
Collaboration with Foscarini at Milan Design Week
Collaboration with Punkt. at Milan Design Week
Diploma project – Mathilde Lafaille
Diploma project –  Mu-Hau Kao
Diploma project – Carolien Niebling
Diploma project – Lei Tuo
Diploma project – Byongseon Bae
Diploma project – Luisa Kahlfeldt
Diploma project – Fabien Roy


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…


Casare Bizotto & Tobias Nietsche
Moisés Hernández
Luisa Kahlfeldt
Manuel Netto
Carolien Niebling
Studio Zanellato-Bortotto

Other alumni

BA Industrial Design, MA Product Design
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


Camille Blin

Artistic assistant
Anthony Guex

Maxwell Ashford
Margherita Banchi
Margo Clavier

Academic partner
IMD Business School, Lausanne
Cyril Bouquet, professeur
Stéphane Girod, professeur
Peter Vogel, professeur
Camille Blin
Anniina Koivu
Augustin Scott de Martinville
Tomás Alonso
Camille Blatrix
Erwan Bouroullec
Thilo Alex Brunner
Michel Charlot
Kim Colin (Industrial Facility)
Pierre Doze
Christophe Guberan
Christian Kaegi
Chris Lefteri
Eckart Maise
Alberto Meda
Christien Meindertsma
Carolien Niebling
Brynjar Sigurðarson
Christian Spiess
Keiji Takeuchi
Skylar Tibbits
John Tree
Jane Withers
Sebastian Wrong


Yearly fees (materials included)
CHF 1 925.–

Language: English

Length 4 semesters

Credits: 120 ECTS

Qualification issued
Master of Arts HES-SO in Design, major in Product Design

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.