Master Type Design

ECAL is introducing a new master’s degree in Type Design as from the 2016 academic year. Unique in Switzerland, this two-year programme gives graduate students with a Bachelor in Graphic Design an opportunity to develop projects in the long term. This training provides privileged access to one of the flagship disciplines in Swiss graphic design, relying on ECAL’s expertise in this field as the first Swiss school to have integrated digital typography as part of its curriculum.

With the support of renowned professionals and academics, students explore fields ranging from corporate typography to experimental research, focusing on creativity. They work on techniques specific to typeface design (calligraphy, work on curves, construction, digital drawing), including the development of multi script font families. They acquire and develop a sharp and thoughtful eye, technical and methodological skills and an ability to produce quality digital fonts with efficiency and rigour (mastering, scripting) as part of courses and workshops where their projects are assessed and commented by experts invited for conferences and individual interviews. Finally, they attend lectures and research sessions around concepts ranging from the prospective to the historical, including aesthetic and legal aspects, which are given concrete form through dissertations, online or paper publications and even exhibitions.

The skills and projects developed throughout the curriculum serve to produce a portfolio that meets the highest standards. At the end of their curriculum, having acquired a solid typographical culture, students will have the  opportunity to apply their skills either as part of a company or in a self-employed capacity.


Matthieu Cortat

Kai Bernau, The Hague
Julia Born, Zurich
Wayne Daly, London
Roland Früh, Zurich
Marie Lusa, Zurich
Bruno Maag, London
Radim Peško, London
Alice Savoie, Lyon
Chi-Long Trieu

Visiting Professors
Gerry Leonidas, London
Hrant Papazian, Los Angeles

Alaric Garnier, Lyon
Alex Blattmann, London
Bart De Baets, Amsterdam
Dafi Kühne, Näfels
David Rudnick, Ghent
Dimitri Bruni, Zurich
Fabian Harb, Basel
Franz Hoffman, Paris
Gary Fogelson, New York
Gilles Gavillet, Geneva
Huda Smitshuijzen-AbiFarès, Amsterdam
Isabel Seiffert, Zurich
Jan Horčik, Prague
Jens Schildt, Amsterdam
Job Wouters, Amsterdam
Johannes Breyer, Berlin
John Morgan, London
Kristyan Sarkis, Amsterdam
Larissa Kasper, St Gallen
Laurenz Brunner, Zurich
Leonardo Azzolini, Lausanne
Louis Lüthi, Amsterdam
Malte Bentzen, Lausanne
Manuel Krebs, Zurich
Matthew Carter, Cambridge
Matthias Kreutzer, Stockholm
Michele Patanè,London
Mitch Paone, Genève
Pascal Zoghbi, Madrid
Paul Barnes, London
Robert Huber, Zurich
Ryan Waller, New York
Sandrine Nugue, Paris
Simon Mager, Lausanne
Thibault Brevet, Berlin
Ueli Kaufmann, Zurich
Yoann Minet, Paris

Nicolas Bernklau
Sophie Wietlisbach