Admission to the Foundation Year is by competitive exam.


  • Maturity certificate
  • Professional Maturity certificate
  • Specialized Maturity certificate of another field than arts and design (MSCI-MSMU-MSOP-MSSA-MSTS)
  • equivalent foreign certificate*

* Access to Foundation Year application procedure is open to foreign secondary diploma education holders as long as the title is equivalent to one of the Swiss required title. ECAL evaluates title's equivalences. This procedure being relatively long, a request of examination must be submitted by email to ECAL Secretariat inscription@ecal.ch until 11 January 2022 the latest.

> Request of evaluation submitted after the above mentionned date will not be processed.

Non French-speaking candidates who have not completed a school education in Switzerland must be able to attest of their proficiency in French. A B2 level of the European Language Portfolio is therefore required.


Online registration until 1 February 2022. The registration will only be considered subject to payment of the registration fee of CHF 150.- non-refundable.

Candidates must submit before 4 February 2022 midday, a personal dossier. The personal dossier can be sent via post but must be in ECAL's possession by February 4th (it is therefore not the sending date that stands).

The dossiers are initially examined by a jury. Those whose dossier is accepted will then be called for admission interviews that will take place between 28 February and 4 March 2022 and during which they will defend their portfolio. The invitation to this interview are send by email and/or post.


Results are communicated by post during the first half of March.



ECAL’s Administration office (Tél. +41 (0)21.316.99.39 - inscription@ecal.ch) gives any additional information.