Admissions

Admission to a Bachelor is done through a competitive examination, which assesses the artistic and creative abilities of the candidates.

Amongst those who are eligible to apply, it is possible that some candidates feel that their artistic and creative abilities are still insufficient. In this case, the ECAL recommends that they apply to the Foundation Year entrance exam.

Necessary qualifications
  • Maturity certificate or Professional Maturity certificate (vocational diploma) or certificate from a recognised three-year school of general education (ECG), each to be accompanied by a General Federal Certificate of Vocational Education (CFC) in the field of desired studies (according to CFC list)

  • Maturity certificate plus at least one year attested vocational activity in the field of studies or a Foundation Year successfully completed at the ECAL (or another recognised higher-education establishment of art and design)

  • Professional Maturity certificate with a General Federal Certificate of Vocational Education (CFC) in a profession unrelated to the field of studies plus at least one year attested vocational activity in the field of studies or a Foundation Year successfully completed at the ECAL (or another recognised higher-education establishment of art and design)

  • Specialized Maturity certificate in art and design (MSAD)

  • Equivalent foreign certificate*

* Candidates holding a foreign diploma must submit to ECAL a request for the equivalence of their qualification. Requests (Diploma, transcripts & cv) are sent by email to inscription@ecal.ch until 22 February 2023, the latest.

> The analysis of equivalence being relatively long, requests sent after the above-mentioned date will, consequently, 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.

Expérience professionnelle

Candidates who do not hold a professional Maturity certificate or a Maturity certificate paired with a CFC in the field of studies (according to CFC list), must imperatively prove of a year of professional experience in the field of intended studies along with their Maturity certificate. 

This one year professional experience can be replaced by succeeding ECAL’s Foundation year or a recognized foundation year preparing to Art and Design HES. 

Dossier administratif

As part of their online registration, the candidates send to ECAL an electronic application (PDF) containing personnal and administrative data

  • a full curriculum vitae
  • a copy of an identity document
  • a copy of the required qualifications and/or certificates (an authenticated translation is required for languages other than French, German, Italian, English or Spanish).
Dossier Portfolio
Visual Communication
  • a presentation and motivation letter
  • a portfolio of personal works (or professional samples for the candidates who already have achieved a training in the same field), including a maximum of 15 files/documents. Movies presentation or other motion pictures are limited to a duration of 3 minutes and are only possible through a Vimeo channel.
Industrial Design
  • a presentation and motivation letter
  • a portfolio of personal works (or professional samples for the candidates who already have achieved a training in the same field), including a maximum of 15 files/documents and at least one presentation of a 3D project. Movies presentation or other motion pictures are limited to a duration of 3 minutes and are only possible through a Vimeo channel.
Fine Arts
  • a presentation and motivation letter
  • a representative selection of works of maximum 15 pieces. All medias are accepted, multimedia must be published online.

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