Bachelor Graphic Design

From the conception to the production of all related media and printed matter (posters, books, newspapers and magazines), including the experimentation of digital media, digital publishing and motion design, this programme targets students wishing to master the tools and languages inherent in graphic design. Prospective, pragmatic and experimental, this Bachelor course is provided in the framework of the Visual Communication Department, which concurrently offers crossover courses and projects enabling students to acquire multidisciplinary skills (photography, interaction design, film). 

Through courses and workshops provided by major figures on the Swiss and international scene, the students apprehend the various fields of graphic design such as editorial design, typography, illustration, or brand identity and art direction. Involvement in exhibitions, publications or assignments commissioned by institutions provides an actual immersion into the professional world. The students also benefit from a wide range of theoretical courses and conferences on the ECAL premises. 

The skills and projects acquired throughout the curriculum serve to produce a portfolio of the highest professional standards. Whether they aim to become graphic designer, typographer or art director, either self-employed or working for a company, students who train at ECAL have a wide range of opportunities to choose from when they complete their CV. If they so wish they may also pursue in their chosen discipline by doing the Master Type Design at ECAL or an equivalent programme in another institution.

Head Visual Communication
Vincent Jacquier

Head Graphic Design
Angelo Benedetto

Angelo Benedetto
Harry Bloch, Amsterdam
Diego Bontognali
Gilles Gavillet
Guy Meldem
Aurèle Sack
Nicole Udry

Professors (multidisciplinary fields)
Antonio Albanese
Giliane Cachin
Claus Gunti
Vincent Jacquier
Milo Keller
Violène Pont
Pauline Saglio
Anouk Schneider

Sébastien Agnetti
Alexandru Balgiu, Paris
Jonas Berthod, Londres
Sami Benhadj, Paris
Michel Bonvin
Angelo Cirimele, Paris
Marc Dubois
Nicolas Haeni, Paris
Jonathan Hares
Robert Huber
Nicolas Nova
Cyrille Piguet
Jeanne Quéheillard, Bordeaux
Lionel Tardy
Chi-Long Trieu
Jonas Wandeler, Zurich

Visiting Lecturers
Bibliothèque, Londres
Mirko Borsche, Munich
Maxime Büchi, Londres
Gilles de Brock, Antwerp
Veronica Ditting, Amsterdam
Sonya Dyakova, Londres
Europa, Londres
Huber/Sterzinger, Zurich
Ronny Hunger, Zurich
Eike Koenig (HORT), Berlin
Dafi Kühne, Glaris
Florian Lamm (Lamm & Kirch), Leipzig
Mevis & Van Deursen, Amsterdam
Maureen Moorren, Amsterdam
Karl Nawrot, Lyon
Noir Associates, Zurich
NORM, Zurich
Mitch Paone (DIA Studio), New York
Damien Poulain, Paris
Brian Roettinger, Los Angeles
Michiel Schuurman, Amsterdam
Spin Studio, Londres
Studio Feixen, Lucerne
Studio Joost Grootens, Amsterdam
Hansje van Halem, Amsterdam
Cornel Windlin, Berlin
Job Wouters, Amsterdam

Artistic deputy
Julien Gurtner

Pietro Alberti 
Gianni Camporota
Clio Hadjigeorgiou
Amaury Hamon 
Thomas Prost

Technologies centre
Vincent Jacquier
Tibor Udvari 

Amen Break
Workshop with Vincent Devaud
Typography Design
Information design
For the information design course the students have been asked to design a cartographic poster based on a movie which narrates a “road-trip” in a direct or abstract representation.
Multiple Choices
Course with Gilles Gavillet and Jonathan Hares
Typography Design
Course with Aurèle Sack
Design Context
Course with Nicole Udry
Editorial Design
Course with Diego Bontognali
Editorial design
Course with Harry Bloch
Course with Guy Meldem