Wednesday 06.03.2013

With the generous support of Vacheron Constantin, ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne, featuring among the world’s top ten universities of art and design, is resuming the former MAS in Luxury Industry and Design, henceforth provided as the Master of Advanced Studies in Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship. Under this new heading, the programme intends to highlight various types of know-how and give young industrial designers the opportunity to investigate, over the course of a year, sectors of excellence as diverse as the arts & crafts, fine watch-making, tableware or specific techniques using noble materials. The contribution of such as prestigious manufacture as Vacheron Constantin, which has shone over the watchmaking industry for more than 250 years and is actively involved in promoting outstanding craftsmen, is a token of the richness of this curriculum and ensures its continuity.

Master of Advanced Studies in Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship
Switzerland is a privileged country in terms of know-how in the field of luxury. Building on this tradition, this Master of Advanced Studies is for the holders of a Bachelor or Master’s degree wishing to further their knowledge in industrial design and investigate sectors of excellence as diverse as fine watch-making, tableware or specific techniques using noble materials.

Through collaborations with prestigious brands – some with a century-old heritage – and workshops provided by major actors on the international scene, students experiment all production stages: from designing an object to its completion, via 3D rendering or photography. They also have the benefit of brand identity analyses and conferences delivered by experts in the field, as well as tours of luxury goods manufacturers. Many projects are singled out by partner companies to be produced, exhibited and published in the international press.

After one year at ECAL, the students are able to submit a varied portfolio to the highest professional standards. Highly sought after by international agencies and world-leading companies, they also often have the opportunity of simultaneously establishing their own business. Graduates are frequently offered internship opportunities right at the end of their curriculum – often leading to steady employment.

Head Nicolas Le Moigne Professors Thilo Brunner, Alexandre Gaillard, André Vladimir Heiz, Tomas Kral, Xavier Perrenoud, Julien Wegmüller, Cédric Widmer Visiting Professors Ronan Bouroullec (Paris), Pierre Charpin (Paris), Ligia Dias (Paris), Jaime Hayon (Valence), Nicolas Le Moigne, Luca Nichetto (Venice), Christian Schwamkrug (Zell am See), Alexander Taylor (London), Bethan Laura Wood (London)... Qualification Requirements College of higher education degree (Bachelor or Master level) in 3D design or related field Entrance Exam By portfolio Duration 1 year Online application : 3 May 2013 Application file submission : 8 May 2013 Interviews : 3 to 7 June 2013 Annual Tuition Fees CHF 8,000 Credits 60 Qualification Awarded Master of Advanced Studies HES-SO in Design for Luxury and Craftsmanship

Vacheron Constantin 

Founded in Geneva in 1755, Vacheron Constantin is the world’s oldest watch manufacturer engaged in uninterrupted activity for over 250 years. Founders of the very spirit of technical and precious Fine Watchmaking, the men and women of Vacheron Constantin continue to design, develop and produce exceptional timepieces true to the brand’s three fundamentals: perfectly mastered techniques, inspired and harmonious aesthetics, and an extremely high level of finishing.

Pursuing its longstanding ties with the world of art and culture, Vacheron Constantin is committed to fostering Artistic Crafts that play such a key role in contemporary creativity, while highlighting the excellence achieved by combining these talents with those of Design. The brand is also a privileged partner of a number of cultural institutions such as the Opéra National de Paris, the French Institut National des Métiers d’Art, the Barbier-Mueller Museum Cultural Foundation and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne

Enjoying international renown and featuring regularly among the world’s top ten universities of art and design, ECAL is directed by Alexis Georgacopoulos. The school currently offers programmes (a Foundation Year, 6 Bachelor, 4 Master, a MAS) in the following fields: Fine Arts, Cinema, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Photography, Media & Interaction Design. 

ECAL has grown consistently in terms of student numbers (600 at the beginning of the 2012–2013 academic year) and above all its presence on the international scene. Its influence in Europe and throughout the world is reflected by numerous press articles, regular mentions in specialist and large-circulation publications, and an enviable number of exhibitions in prestigious venues such as Centre Culturel Suisse (Paris), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Cooper Union (New York), Designers’ Saturday Langenthal, Design Days Dubai, Design Parade (Hyères), Design September Brussels, documenta (Kassel), Droog Design Gallery (Amsterdam), Gallery Libby Sellers (London), National Institute of Design Ahmedabad, Salone internazionale del Mobile (Milan) or swissnex (San Francisco, Boston, Shanghai)…

Over the years the ECAL has significantly increased the number of its collaborative projects with universities of art and design around the world and with leading firms active in a wide range of sectors like Alessi, Audemars Piguet, Baccarat, BCV, Bernardaud, Cassina, Christofle, DuPont, ewo, Felco, Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, Galeries Lafayette, Hansgrohe Axor, Hermès, Hublot, Nestlé, Nespresso, Rado, SIGG, Swarovski, Swiss International Air Lines, Vitra, Wenger, Zai Ski…

Thanks to the network established at ECAL and by producing a portfolio to the highest professional standards, once they complete their studies our graduates have the choice of working for renowned companies or immediately setting up their own studios.

Master Luxury, Craftsmanship, Vacheron Constantin, Alexis Georgacopoulos, Juan-Carlos Torres 1632

Alexis Georgacopoulos, Director ECAL. Juan-Carlos Torres, CEO Vacheron Constantin. Photo ECAL/Nicolas Genta