Master Photography

ECAL is introducing a new master’s degree in Photography as from the 2016 academic year. Relying on massive use of photographic images – a key element in today’s visual communication – this two-year programme, unique in Switzerland, gives students with a related Bachelor’s degree an opportunity to develop projects in the long term. It especially pushes the boundaries of applied research in contemporary photography with an emphasis on digital, web and network manipulation, new forms of books, shaping images on various media, interactive exhibition design, up to and including the moving image.

Taking advantage of ECAL’s numerous collaborations with economic, industrial or cultural stakeholders, this training allows students to regularly rub shoulders with influential figures in fine art photography and commissioned work. Structured around practical lessons and workshop weeks, the programme fosters privileged encounters. As for theory, visual analyses and text productions also guide students towards the clarification and disclosure of project concepts. Finally, workshops, labs, studios and the availability of a state-of-the-art print shop ensure that the projects initiated are given concrete form.

The skills acquired and research conducted during the course give students the necessary tools to produce a wide-ranging innovative project, with significant opportun-ities in terms of dissemination and visibility. Through its pragmatic, artistic and applied nature, the Master Photography ensures that each graduate, based on their specific strengths and inclinations, finds a place in the top networks of contemporary photography.


Milo Keller 

Claus Gunti
Milo Keller

Anniina Koivu, Basel
Joël Vacheron, Lisbon 

Ann-Christin Bertrand, Berlin

Bruno Ceschel, London
Kim Knoppers, Amsterdam

Jonas Lindstroem, Berlin
Philip Schuette, Amsterdam

Visiting Lecturers
Linus Bill, Bienne

Thibault Brevet, Berlin

Melanie Bühler, New York

Stefan Burger, Zurich

Federica Chiocchetti, London
Marco De Mutiis, Winterthur

Jason Evans, London
Brad Feuerhelm, United States

Erwan Frotin, Paris
Julien Gallico, Paris
Christophe Gaillard, Paris

Ethan Greenbaum, New York
Christophe Guye, Zurich
Joe Hamilton, Melbourne

Darius Himes, New York

Ill Studio, Paris

It’s Our Playground, Paris

Rachel de Joode, Amsterdam
Erik Kessels, Amsterdam

Nicolas Krebs & Taiyo Onorato (Tonk), Berlin

Sébastien Leseigneur

Charles Negre, Paris
Lonneke van der Palen, Amsterdam

Christian Patterson, New York

Nicolas Poillot (Études Studio), Paris
Paolo Roversi, Paris
RVB Books, Paris

Thomas Traum, London
Lukas Wassmann, Zurich
Letha Wilson, New York
Qiu Yang, Amsterdam 
Harm van den Dorpel, Berlin

Ann de Vries, Berlin
Lars Willumeit, Zurich
Francesco Zanot, Milan

Clément Gicquel
Nicolas Polli
Senta Simond

Augmented Photography 


Collaboration between ECAL and KABK Presented in Arles by Foam Museum

Augmented Photography 


Justinas Vilutis

Evaluation Master Photography

semester 1 (2017-2018)

Augmented Photography 


Augmented Photography 


Simone Sandahl

Augmented Photography 


Rayon Vert

Diploma project by Senta Simond

Do Androids Dream About Electric Sheep

Diploma Project by Johannes Bauer

Spectacle Total

Diploma Project by Laura Zoccarato

Genesis 1:27

Diploma Project by Nicolas Toulotte

Workshop with Thomas Traum

Workshop with Letha Wilson & Ethan Greenbaum in New-York

Summer University / New York City

Augmented Photography – Research Project

Workshop avec Joe Hamilton 

Bastien Gomez

Photobook with Bruno Ceschel

Karla H. Voleau

Collaboration with HYT

Results workshop with Charles Negre
Calum Douglas / Eunwook Nam

School trip in Berlin 

Workshop with Taiyo Onorato / creation of a book produced during a performance at C|O Berlin

Workshop with Taiyo Onorato

creation of a book produced during a performance at C|O Berlin

Valhôll Valhalle Walhalla etc.

Diploma project by Michaël Teixeira

Ferox, the Forgotten Archives

Diploma project by Nicolas Polli


Diploma project by Christelle Boulé


Diploma project by Larissa Kasper & Maria Guta

Czarna Madonna

Diploma project by Jagoda Wisniewska


Diploma project by Namsa Leuba


Diploma project by Dmitri Bukreev