Master Film Studies

Developing a personal cinematographic vision, understanding the filmmaking process and apprehending the stakes of production so as to pave the way for graduates to smoothly join professional circles – such are the main objectives of this programme. This Master course, which is unique in Europe, is aimed at the holders of a Bachelor’s degree, or with equivalent experience, wishing to further their knowledge in one of the following fields: direction scriptwriting, editing, sound or production.

Through courses and workshops provided by renowned lecturers in each field, the students develop a personal project throughout the curriculum. For their master project, they are involved in the production (direction scriptwriting, editing, sound or production) of a short, medium or feature length film (fiction, documentary, TV series, art-house, transmedia…). Several films gain international visibility through renowned festivals or/and TV broadcasting.

This Master programme relies on a partnership between ECAL and HEAD/Geneva University of Art and Design and on collaborations with Lausanne University (UNIL), Zurich University (UZH), Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK), the Swiss National Film Archive in Lausanne, Swiss National Broadcasting RTS, and la Manufacture (school of performing arts) in Lausanne, University of Music Lausanne and Swiss Literature Institute in Bienne.


Registration deadline, interview www.ecal.ch/en/admission


4 semesters

Yearly fees (materials included) 

CHF 2225.–


120 ECTS


French and English

Qualification issued

Master of Arts HES-SO in Cinema, major in Direction, Scriptwriting, Editing, Sound or Production

Heads of Department

Lionel Baier (ECAL)

Nicolas Wadimoff (HEAD – Genève)


Jasmin Basic


Alice Riva (HEAD)

Production and distribution

Jean-Guillaume Sonnier (ECAL)

Professors and Visiting Lecturers

Elsa Amiel

Claire Atherton

Séverine Barde

Nathalie Baye

Jean-Pierre Beauviala

Pierre Bismuth

Stéphane Bouquet

Louise Bourgouin

Serge Bozon

Guillaume Brac

Jean-Stéphane Bron

Robert Cantarella

Djinn Carrenard

Lolita Chammah

Michael Cimino

Donigan Cumming

Abdel Raouf Dafri

Thierry de Peretti

Dieter Fahrer

Philippe Faucon

Laetitia Fèvre

Emmanuel Finkiel

Jennifer Fox

Pauline Gaillard

Amos Gitaï

Delphine Gleize

Alain Gomis

Mahamat Saleh Haroun

Werner Herzog

Mike Hoolboom

Nicolas Humbert

Jean-Christophe Hym

Antoine Jaccoud

Simon Jaquemet

Tom Kalin

Anurag Kashyap

Alanté Kavaïté

Marthe Keller

Stéphane Kuthy

Rachel Lang

Joachim Lafosse

Laurent Larivière

Sébastien Lifshitz

Eric Loret

Noémie Lvovsky

Vincent Macaigne

Ursula Meier

Peter Mettler

Luc Moullet

Bettina Oberli

Ruben Östlund

François Ozon

Vasco Pimentel

Pedro Pinho

Aude Py

Katell Quillévéré

Philippe Ramos

Charlotte Rampling

Gianfranco Rosi

Sonia Rossier

Antoine Russbach

Emmanuel Salinger

Stefano Savona

Ulrich Seidl

Florence Seyvos

Eyal Sivan

Raphaël Sohier

Karine Sudan

Bela Tarr

Marianne Tardieu

Anne-Dominique Toussaint

Cécile Vargaftig

Teresa Villaverde