École cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL)



Enjoying international renown and featuring regularly among the world’s top ten universities of art and design, ECAL is directed by Alexis Georgacopoulos. The school currently offers six Bachelor programmes (Fine Arts, Cinema, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Media & Interaction Design, Photography), five Master programmes (Fine Arts, Film, Photography, Product Design, Type Design) and two Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship and in Design Research for Digital Innovation (with EPFL+ECAL Lab). ECAL also offers a one-year Foundation Course to prepare students for entrance to the different Bachelor’s programmes.

ECAL has grown consistently in terms of student numbers (574 at the beginning of the 2020–2021 academic year) and above all its presence on the international scene. Its influence in Europe and throughout the world is reflected by numerous press articles, regular mentions in specialist and large-circulation publications, and an enviable number of exhibitions in prestigious venues such as Centre Culturel Suisse (Paris), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Cooper Union (New York), Designers’ Saturday Langenthal, Design Days Dubai, Design Parade (Hyères), Design September Brussels, documenta (Kassel), Droog Design Gallery (Amsterdam), Gallery Libby Sellers (London), National Institute of Design Ahmedabad, Salone internazionale del Mobile (Milan), swissnex (Bangalore, Boston, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore), Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein)…

Over the years the ECAL has significantly increased the number of its collaborative projects with universities of art and design around the world and with leading firms active in a wide range of sectors like Alessi, Audemars Piguet, Azzedine Alaïa, Baccarat, BCV, Bernardaud, BMW Group, Camper, Cassina, Centre Pompidou Paris, Christofle, e15, Galerie kreo, Galeries Lafayette, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Hatje Cantz, Hansgrohe Axor, Hermès, Hublot, IKEA, Mauviel, Mover Sportswear, Luceplan, Nestlé, Nespresso, Petit h, Pierre Hardy, Punkt., Rémy Martin, Samsung, Scott, SIGG, Swatch, wiss International Air Lines, Swissnex, USM, Vacheron Constantin, Vitra, Wallpaper* or Woolmark…

Thanks to the network established at ECAL and by producing a portfolio to the highest professional standards, once they complete their studies our graduates have the choice of working for renowned companies or immediately setting up their own studios.

— Source: ECAL's website

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