Among its missions, ECAL leads activities of research and development (R&D) at various levels:
R&D activities aim at:
To achieve its goals, the R&D department of ECAL initiates and coordinates different kinds of research:
It is a research that mainly concentrates on the theoretical aspects of art and design in the particular fields of history, aesthetics and methodology.
Research-project or Applied research
It is a research that consists in doing a creative project that satisfies an explicit and rigorous theoretical and methodological framework: question of research, working hypotheses and validation system of the results.
It is a research that supports a creative process in product design, visual communication or visual arts. It is a research that contributes to the culture of the discipline.
Finally ECAL encourages creative activities which, although not originally identified as R&D, can lead to original research problems in the fields of visual and applied arts.
R&D department maintains narrow links with regional and national bodies. He is a member of the Réseau de Compétences Design et Arts Visuels de la HES-SO (RCDAV), the Swiss Design Network (SDN) and the Swiss Art Research Network (SARN).
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