Among its missions, ECAL leads activities of research and development (R&D) at various levels:

  • design and experimentation of original and innovative artistic contents in the fields of visual communication, product design and visual arts
  • project methodology
  • history and theory of visual arts and applied arts.


R&D activities aim at:

  • deepening theoretical and practical knowledge in the disciplines taught at the ECAL
  • widening the teaching, particularly at Master level, to new topics, artistic practices and techniques
  • stimulating interdisciplinary experiences and practices
  • developing collaborations and exchanges with academic, professional and institutional circles on a regional, national and international scale.

To achieve its goals, the R&D department of ECAL initiates and coordinates different kinds of research:

Theoretical 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).

Fornari Davide


Soldini Laurent


Bergeron Luc
Bovier François
Egger Philippe
Guignard Christophe
Jacquier Vincent
Keller Patrick
Meldem Guy
Normand Vincent
Rappo François
Rhis Tatiana
Vacheron Joël


Archer Luke
Klein Sarah
Langton Lucien
Lavoyer Tristan
Niebling Carolien

Heart of glass, Research project 10183

Heart of glass
Research project, ECAL 2015