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Presentation

Working with materials, designing or redefining an object’s function, creating new products, challenging production technologies, conceiving a scenography – this programme is for passionate, curious students wishing to make product design their profession. This vocational Bachelor course provides a high level of skills and know-how required by industrial designers.

Supervised by renowned practitioners and evolving in studios equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the students work on conceiving the form and function of objects as well as on production modes, while learning about the fundamentals of sustainability. Simultaneously they become seasoned in technical drawing, CAD software, computer-assisted manufacturing and materials science. During their curriculum they are involved in collaborative projects with first-rate companies, leading to various productions, exhibitions and publications in the international press. Workshops are also organised with major actors in this field. The students also benefit from a wide range of theoretical courses and multidisciplinary conferences on the ECAL premises.

Through the graphic design and photography courses, students are able to produce a portfolio to the highest professional standards, and therefore to find work in international agencies or leading companies or to establish their own business. They may also further their knowledge in their chosen field by continuing with a Master Product Design or a MAS in Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship at ECAL, as well as an equivalent programme in another institution of higher education.

Language

French

Qualification issued

Bachelor of Arts HES-SO in Product and Industrial Design 

Yearly fees (materials included)

Fees detail

Length

6 semesters

Credits

180 ECTS

Useful links

Admissions Contact

Equipments & infrastructures

Open space BA Industrial Design Materials Library Prototype Workshop CAO/FAO

Learning Objectives

First year
CAO/FAO Workshop

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  • Develop skills (methodology) through a series of practical work on themes given by the teachers.
  • Master drawing and computer-aided design (CAD) software with the Adobe Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.) and Rhinoceros.
  • Experiment with different materials, technologies and production processes.
  • Get accustomed to professional drawing and object construction (technical drawing).
  • Practice applied photography with still lifes and the staging of objects.
  • Learn about graphic design (print and digital publishing).
  • Acquire background knowledge via courses in theory (History of Art, Photography, Film, Digital Culture, Industrial Design, Graphic Design, Contemporary Photography, Exhibitions and Publications).
  • Take part in weeks of workshops supervised by practitioners from all over the world with the aim of carrying out collective and/or personal projects.
Second year
Project with BMC
Project with Mehari Eden
Summer University Finland
BMC company visit

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  • Work for one semester on themes given by the teachers.
  • Collaborate with renowned brands and institutions.
  • Create an exhibition blueprint or a physical environment that communicates, from the concept to its representation in a three-dimensional space.
  • Master computer-aided design (CAD) software using Solidworks and Keyshot.
  • Practice applied and plastic photography of contextualised objects, architecture and portraits.
  • Perfect your skills in graphic design (print and digital publishing).
  • Enhance your knowledge through theory courses (History and Culture of Industrial Design).
  • Take part in weeks of workshops supervised by practitioners from all over the world with the aim of carrying out collective and/or personal projects.
  • Optionally spend an exchange semester at a foreign university or complete an internship in acompany/agency.
Third year
Diploma Presentation
Open space Industrial Design
Workshop with Philippe Malouin

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  • Work for one semester on a free, student-initiated theme.
  • Collaborate with renowned brands and institutions.
  • Create an exhibition blueprint or a physical environment that communicates, from the concept to its representation in a three-dimensional space.
  • Develop a portfolio through the valorisation, promotion and dissemination of a selection of projects carried out during your studies at ECAL.
  • Attend seminars on the practice of Industrial Design in view of life “post-ECAL”.
  • Take part in weeks of workshops supervised by practitioners from all over the world with the aim of carrying out collective and/or personal projects.
  • Write a dissertation based on the knowledge acquired during the course of study.
  • Put into practice the know-how acquired in a graduation work and a portfolio, which will serve as a business card to integrate into the labour market quickly or continue your studies on an MA course.

Projects

This section contains a selection of emblematic or recent projects related to the disciplines taught in the Bachelor's degree.
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Semester projects

BELLE RIVIERA X ECAL

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

BELLE RIVIERA X ECAL

with Adrien Rovero

For the member municipalities of GEDERIVIERA, the waste management perimeter of the Vaudois Riviera, students in the BA Industrial Design are envisioning a new public trash can.

Inclusive Soft Goods Hardware

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Inclusive Soft Goods Hardware

with Friederike Daumiller

In collaboration with ASA-Handicap mental and the Senior-lab, the Bachelor students, led by designer Friederike Daumiller, present a collection of closing and fastening systems for clothing, bags and wearable accessories that make them easier to use, helping to make them more universal and inclusive.

Soft Power

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Soft Power

with Christophe Guberan

Under the direction of Christophe Guberan, the students used their design talents to rethink an everyday object that consumes more energy than it should, using their powers of observation to choose a type of contemporary object that consumes energy and reduce its dependence on energy during use.

Bag It

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Bag It

with Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard

For this project, the 1st year BA Industrial Design students had to design a bag, or a collection of bags.

FIGURE LIBRE

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

FIGURE LIBRE

with Elric Petit

Within the project "Figure libre," students are provided with the opportunity to express themselves on a subject of their choosing. The project encourages the incorporation of personal research, or thesis and to select a field aligning with their desired career paths post-studies, be it in furniture, mobility, connected objects, or any other area.

Summer University Finland — ECAL toys with ARTEK

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Summer University Finland — ECAL toys with ARTEK

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Julie Richoz

Teaming up with iconic Finnish furniture company Artek, Bachelor Industrial Design students, under the guidance of designer Julie Richoz, present a collection of playful objects for children made from salvaged b-quality, rejected and half- finished materials and offcuts. Staying true to the spirit of Artek and its founders, the products promote conscious manufacturing and seek to highlight the natural materials that have gone into producing these designs.

Molds

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Molds

with Elric Petit

The aim of this project was to approach industrial casting techniques through a playful, experimental laboratory. The students produced objects in plaster, which did not necessarily have to have a function. However, they must be technically interesting, i.e. their molds must be simple to produce, and the molded parts must feature singular characteristics inherent in the molding process. The molds (free materials), together with the plaster castings, were shown for evaluation in the form of a group exhibition.

Hands On

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Hands On

with Adrien Rovero

The 1st year BA Industrial Design was invited by the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich to design wooden toys that were exhibited as part of the retrospective exhibition 'Willy Guhl: thinking with your hands'.

Figure

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Figure

with Elric Petit

Within the project "Figure libre," students are provided with the opportunity to express themselves on a subject of their choosing. The project encourages the incorporation of personal research, or thesis and to select a field aligning with their desired career paths post-studies, be it in furniture, mobility, connected objects, or any other area.

DNA

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

DNA

with Wieki Somers

Second year BA Industrial Design students had to formulate their own brief instead of getting one from their teachers. In the project's introduction, they were assigned the task of introspectively mapping their own design DNA by contemplating the question: What defines my essence as a designer? They introduced a clear brief related to their own fascinations and relevant topics in the field of design and in the time we live in. Then thes students developed a concept for a product from an original idea and artistic vision. The results are expressed in the form of  products, pieces of furnitures, accessories, proposing a new vision and a new way of producing. The areas of interest are diverse, spacing from open-source projects to process fascination.

ECAL x MEHARI EDEN

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

ECAL x MEHARI EDEN

with Elric Petit, Stephane Halmai-Voisard

The 2CV Méhari Club Cassis has developed an electric version of the iconic Citroën released in 1968 : the EDEN. From its inception, this car was designed for summer sports and leisure activity. Our current renewed interest in outdoor activities together with electric technology makes this car particularly attractive. With this in mind, the 2nd-year BA students in Industrial Design, under the direction of Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard, Head of Programme, and designer Elric Petit, showcase a series of accessories for tomorrow’s electric Méhari.

Real Facts

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Real Facts

with Adrien Rovero

A collection of neophyte views on current agriculture through the prism of design. Invited by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs et du Design de Bordeaux (madd-bordeaux), second-year Bachelor of Industrial Design students at ECAL, under the guidance of designers Erwan Bouroullec and Adrien Rovero, have given form to their observations and questions about the current agricultural landscape. "Real Facts" is a collection of neophyte points of view on current agriculture, through the prism of design. This project was created at the initiative of Constance Rubini, director of the madd-bordeaux, on the occasion of the exhibition "Paysans designers, un art du vivant" at the Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design de Bordeaux (madd-bordeaux) presented from 14 July 2021 to 17 January 2022. With the precious support of the Association vaudoise de promotion des métiers de la terre Prométerre, and in the framework of the Summer University programme of the Direction générale de l'enseignement supérieur (DGES) - Canton de Vaud.

Collaborations

BELLE RIVIERA X ECAL

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

BELLE RIVIERA X ECAL

with Adrien Rovero

For the member municipalities of GEDERIVIERA, the waste management perimeter of the Vaudois Riviera, students in the BA Industrial Design are envisioning a new public trash can.

USM Design Grant - 6th Edition

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

USM Design Grant - 6th Edition

with Christian Spiess, Fondation USM, Théâtre de Vidy

The USM Design Grant is a study grant launched by the Fondation USM to encourage innovation by rewarding a student’s project. For the 6th edition of the USM Design Grant awarded by the USM Foundation, ECAL Bachelor Industrial Design students, under the guidance of Swiss designer Christian Spiess, were asked to design new outdoor seating for the terrace of the Théâtre de Vidy in Lausanne.

ECAL x BMC - Daily Mobility

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

ECAL x BMC - Daily Mobility

with Christian Spiess

In collaboration with renowned Swiss bicycle brand BMC, second year Bachelor Industrial Design students, under the guidance of Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard, Head of the programme, and Christian Spiess, Swiss designer and bicycle aficionado, present a collection of handy and colourful accessories for the modern daily bike commute.

ECAL x MEHARI EDEN

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

ECAL x MEHARI EDEN

with Elric Petit, Stephane Halmai-Voisard

The 2CV Méhari Club Cassis has developed an electric version of the iconic Citroën released in 1968 : the EDEN. From its inception, this car was designed for summer sports and leisure activity. Our current renewed interest in outdoor activities together with electric technology makes this car particularly attractive. With this in mind, the 2nd-year BA students in Industrial Design, under the direction of Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard, Head of Programme, and designer Elric Petit, showcase a series of accessories for tomorrow’s electric Méhari.

ECAL x MUJI: Compact Life

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

ECAL x MUJI: Compact Life

with Michel Charlot

A collection of clever furniture and household accessories to help organise everyday life. Following the method of carefully observing our daily routines to identify unique needs and then creating intuitive and practical products, the Bachelor of Industrial Design students imagined a collection of clever furniture and household accessories to help organise our daily lives, under the guidance of designer Michel Charlot. As an important part of the development of MUJI products is based on detailed photographic studies in people's homes, the students were invited to follow the same process by documenting the spontaneous state of their own homes and other people's environments in order to reveal how they interact with the products, and to identify how the objects are used as direct inspiration for their design.

ECAL x MEHARI EDEN - Hyères Design Parade

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

ECAL x MEHARI EDEN - Hyères Design Parade

with Elric Petit

A series of accessories that will make up the electric Mehari of tomorrow. The 2CV Mehari Club Cassis has developed an electric version of the iconic Citroën car released in 1968: the EDEN. From the outset, this car was intended for summer sports and leisure activities. Today, our renewed interest in outdoor activities combined with electric technology makes this vehicle all the more attractive. With this in mind, the 2nd year Bachelor of Industrial Design students, under the direction of designer Elric Petit, are proposing a series of accessories that will make up the electric Mehari of tomorrow. This project was realized in partnership with the 2CV Mehari Club Cassis, at the initiative of Massilia.design and Nathalie Dewez, with the precious support of Bananatex® and the Hyères Design Parade Festival.

Mobile Fan

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Mobile Fan

with Christian Spiess

Fans with USB power supply for mobile use, for the Swiss brand Stadler Form. Stadler Form is a Swiss company that produces fans, humidifiers, purifiers and other air treatment devices. For this project, the students in 2nd year Bachelor Industrial Design, directed by designer Christian Spiess, had to make a “personal” fan, equipped with a USB power supply for mobile use. They had to think of new scenarios and contexts where a small fan would be useful. They were free to explore different usage scenarios, materials, etc. other than those currently in the Stadler Form catalog. The projects had to meet Stadler Form’s high standards of industrial design, but also challenge and question their existing products. Vidéo ECAL x Stadler Form - Agnes Murmann Vidéo ECAL x Stadler Form - Alex Nguyen Vidéo ECAL x Stadler Form - Stéphane Mischler Vidéo ECAL x Stadler Form - Lucie Herter Vidéo ECAL x Stadler Form - Alexandre Desarzens Vidéo ECAL x Stadler Form - Constance Thiessoz

Platform 10

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Platform 10

with Michel Charlot

Platform10 is the transformation of a railway and industrial site to a new district entirely dedicated to to culture. The space, some 22,000 square meters, hosts three recognized cultural institutions: the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of the Elysée and the Museum of design and contemporary applied arts, to a few steps from the station, in the centre of Lausanne . In order to complete this major transformation, Platform 10 launched a competition (by invitation) , in which the 2nd year students took part to design coherent propositions of outdoor (urban) furniture for this new public space.

Elite Hotel by ECAL

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Elite Hotel by ECAL

with Chris Kabel

Luxury Swiss bed manufacturer Elite invited 2nd year Bachelor Industrial Design students to thoroughly reconsider the mattress and its direct surroundings (bed frame, bedside table, linin, pillow, slipper, pyjamas…) in order to offer new and innovative solutions. Photographs by ECAL/Calypso Mahieu assisted by ECAL/Mathieu Lang

Festival Images

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Festival Images

with Adrien Rovero

Pour la troisième fois consécutive, l’ECAL s’associe au Festival Images de Vevey, manifestation gratuite centrée autour de l’image contemporaine. La spécificité du Festival Images est de présenter de la photographie monumentale en plein air, tout en présentant des projets autours de l’image dans un sens plus large en intérieur. Pour l’édition 2016, et suite au succès de l’installation RAFT de 2014,  les étudiants de 3e année Bachelor Design Industriel ont créé des dispositifs «aquatiques» investissant les berges de Vevey le temps du Festival Images.

ECAL × IKEA

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

ECAL × IKEA

with Nicholaï Wiig-Hansen

Students have been asked to developped Basic, fundamental pieces of furniture or accessories for urban life at home. Affordability being one of the key focus of IKEA, their solutions have been to be long lasting, flexible and functional products at low prices. Results have been showcased at the Democratic design day IKEA in Älmhult, Sweden in June 2016. Exhibitions views by ECAL/Sébastien Cluzel

Luceplan × ECAL

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Luceplan × ECAL

with Michel Charlot

Series of lamps using LED sources developed in collaboration with ECAL students of the Bachelor Industrial Design, following a workshop guided by Swiss designer Michel Charlot assisted by Marceau Avogadro.

Workshops

Presque Rien

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Presque Rien

with Erwan Bouroullec

Led by the acclaimed French designer Erwan Bouroullec, the workshop 'Presque Rien' unfolded as an exploration of design possibilities within the setting of his estate and recently renovated Burgundy farm. The project envisioned an open canvas, encouraging ECAL’s Bachelor Industrial Design students, to diverge from traditional problem-solving.

Wonderbread

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Wonderbread

with Francesca Sarti

Within the Wonderbread workshop led by Francesca Sarti, food designer and founder of Arabeschi di Latte, BA Industrial Design students explored history, traditions, rituals, and recipes related to bread, in order to imagine new unique signature bread.

CIN CIN !

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

CIN CIN !

with Chris Kabel

Within a one-week workshop with Designer Chris Kabel, BA Industrial Design students were asked to develop a glass for a drink of their choice, whether it was for a cocktail, a fresh beer, a classy Negroni, or simply a glass for water to quench their thirst. The final designs reflect the characteristics of the drink or emphasize how the drink is prepared, served, and drunk. All glasses were blown in the ECAL courtyard with the support of the artisans of Swiss glass manufacturer Niesenglass.

Abundance & Scarcity

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Abundance & Scarcity

with Nadine Sterk

When we live in a society with so much abundance yet at the same time so much scarcity, how do we discern the resources around us? How can we look to our surroundings to learn about where things come from, or how we might apply them in our own lives? More importantly, how can we live more harmoniously with nature by respecting it and taking only what we need? Within the workshop held by Nadine Sterk from Atelier NL the BA Industrial Design students were asked to create tableware around the theme ‘Abundance & Scarcity' from vernacular earth collected together in the Sauvabelin woods in Lausanne. Students and crew had no hesitation in getting their hands (and clothes) dirty to knead, turn, form, glaze, and fire ceramic tableware that tells a story.

Junkyard Diving

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Junkyard Diving

with Philippe Malouin

"Form follows function" is an expression attributed to the modernist architect Louis Sullivan. It is a statement that is quite relevant to industrial design. On the other hand, form can sometimes also determine function in a process of reverse exploration. During the workshop with Philippe Malouin, students were encouraged to look for new functions inspired by forms found in a metal recycling center. In this process, random discoveries and associations were made to generate a new and surprising vocabulary of forms.

Alternative Measuring Tools

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Alternative Measuring Tools

with Manuel Krebs (NORM)

Measuring, it seems, is one of the dominant concerns of modern society. We measure ourselves, our weight, our height, our temperature, from head to toe, from collar size to shoe size. We measure what is around us, from tiny to incredibly large. We measure time (from seconds to lifetimes), we measure the familiar (length, weight, volume) and the unusual (sound, radiation, voltage), we have measurement systems for everyday life and for experts. For this workshop, the students of the Bachelor Industrial Design have developed alternative measuring devices.

Paper Park

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Paper Park

with Emile Barret, Marie Douel

Marie Douel and Emile Barret from Hors Pistes led a workshop with the 2nd year bachelor in industrial design. They asked the students to create a maze made entirely from the paper waste of the ECAL printing centre. Based on the principle of the exquisite corpse, each group created one part of the labyrinth with a strong aesthetic and structural approach, allowing the visitor to get lost in distinct universes.

Workshop Clara Von Zweigbergk

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Workshop Clara Von Zweigbergk

with Clara Von Zweigbergk

Under the guidance of Clara Von Zweigbergk, the 2nd year students had to design paper or cardboard objects around the theme of celebrations: birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and any other type of festivities.

Workshop Jonathan Olivares

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Workshop Jonathan Olivares

with Jonathan Olivares

Jonathan Olivares asked the 3rd year students to identify an object or subject of interest and consider a room built around it. The room purpose, materials contents and construction all stem from themes found within the selected object or subject. The room should be 130 Square meters, free standing, transferable to any location or context, and could serve as an exhibition, installation or habitable interior.

Summer University Istanbul

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Summer University Istanbul

with Chris Kabel, Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard

For their graduation trip, the 3rd year students went to Istanbul. Accompanied by Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard and Chris Kabel and collaborating with students from Bilgi University, they had to create souvenirs of the city. Some were able to collaborate directly with local craftspeople. The projects were exhibited at the Istanbul Design Biennial at the end of this trip and had the chance to see their ECAL x Mac Guffin project also exhibited there at that time.

Workshop Fabien Cappello

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Workshop Fabien Cappello

with Fabien Cappello

Under the guidance of Fabien Cappello, designer in Mexico, 2nd year Industrial Design Bachelor students were asked to work around books on the move. They had a one-week workshop to imagine different scenarios.

Workshop Geckeler Michels

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Workshop Geckeler Michels

with David Geckeler, Frank Michels

Under the guidance of the Berlin based design studio Geckeler Michels, 1st year Industrial Design Bachelor students were asked to built Monuments out of Styrofoam blocks within one week.

Diploma projects

Mattia Cook – 1000ppm

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Mattia Cook – 1000ppm

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Carolien Niebling

Drawing inspiration from the IPCC’s most dire projections and from numerous reports, I envision a future where carbon concentration reaches a staggering 1000 ppm by the end of the century. What will this world look like? To capture this vision, I have designed three distinct objects, each drawing from unique narratives rooted in my hypothetical scenario. Firstly, a low-tech water bottle, ingeniously insulated to withstand the challenges of climatic migration. Secondly, a repair technique specifically designed to mend and waterproof worn-out tennis shoes, embodying resourcefulness in the face of the scarcity of certain resources. Lastly, a nasal device, boas- ting advanced technology capable of filtering and purifying polluted air, serving as a shield against the looming threat of atmospheric contamination.

Léo Crespin – FOLD

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Léo Crespin – FOLD

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Carolien Niebling

Fold is a wooden convertible sofa that extends using a flexible hinge made out of fabric. In this way, Fold reduces the amount of hardware required, while still making it functional: simply pull the front part to unfold the cushions, then push it back to return it to its original position.

Robin Luginbühl – Disassembly Lab

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Robin Luginbühl – Disassembly Lab

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Carolien Niebling

The Disassembly Lab is a conceptual and formal study aimed at creating shoes integrated into a sustainable marketing system. Disassembly extends the life of a shoe, making it repairable, restorable, replaceable and recyclable. The aim is to rethink and redefine the way we build and assemble sneakers. This research takes inspiration from various references and explores several distinct concepts. Each concept evolves over the course of the research process, culminating in three shoes, offering a variety of functional and aesthetic solutions. These shoes, with their TPU soles and 3D knitted uppers, are reduced to the essentials, enabling simple, rapid production and assembly and easy recyclability.

Noah Watzlawick – Tatable

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Noah Watzlawick – Tatable

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Carolien Niebling

Tatable is an approach that aims to breathe new life into outdated wooden tables. Instead of being discarded due to their outdated style, these tables are given a new lease of life. We carefully remove the old, stylised legs and replace them with a modern, adjustable and removable Tatable structure. This method allows us to restore the functionality and aesthetic appeal of the tables.

Charlotte Dubois – Pierrot

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Charlotte Dubois – Pierrot

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Carolien Niebling

Pierrot is a project that consists of two modules designed to facilitate access to rocky areas and the lake. These rocky spaces were created long ago by humans to protect the shores. They make access to the lake difficult due to their slippery and ever-changing nature. The objective is to enhance these spaces so that the public can enjoy the lake while preserving the few natural areas that border it. These two platforms of different sizes are made of a wooden structure (Douglass) and a metal net filled with stones, which allows them to adapt to the shape of the lake’s rocks and creates an additional habitat for biodiversity.

Marco Renna – LEFT(L)OVER

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Marco Renna – LEFT(L)OVER

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Carolien Niebling

In precast concrete plants, surplus concrete is prepared to avoid shortages during casting operations. However, this surplus, which represents around one to four tonnes per day, is generally discarded. The plant then produces large blocks, which are transported to a landfill site where they become gravel. LEFT(L)OVER aims is to reuse this surplus to create street furniture. Moulds are supplied to the companies to replace their blocks. This collaboration establishes a mutually beneficial exchange. The moulds fit in perfectly with the factory’s habits and logistics. They consist of two detachable parts with the space required for efficient unloading of the concrete and optimisation of the process.

Aleksandra Nazarova – Uyut

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Aleksandra Nazarova – Uyut

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Carolien Niebling

Global energy reserves are on the decline. The challenge of efficiently heating homes, particularly the older and poorly insulated ones, is growing. Hemp, having remarkable attributes such as insulation, air purification, bacterial resistance and CO2 absorption, is a fibre that has been making a steady comeback. Its low water requirement for cultivation adds to its appeal. Uyut modules have hemp fibre pockets that prevent the entry of cold air and the exit of warm air, and vice versa. They create warm, smaller spaces within larger rooms and effectively insulate windows, walls and doors. Their flexibility make them a practical and sustainable solution for energy-efficient homes.

Sacha Dufour – Airwear

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Sacha Dufour – Airwear

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Carolien Niebling

When we are on the water, it is essential to ensure our safety by wearing a flotation jacket. However, many people refuse to do so, ignoring risks such as cramps, thermal shock or injury. Yet we do not hesitate to carry a waterproof bag to protect our belongings from the water. It is in this spirit of responsibility that Airwear was born: an inflatable flotation jacket that incorporates a watertight compartment into its design. When you want to take your valuables with you, simply slip on your waterproof bag like a backpack, then inflate the vest via a tube in the front. Your belongings are safe, and so are you.

Camila Hidalgo – Wood Works Swiss Edition

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Camila Hidalgo – Wood Works Swiss Edition

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Carolien Niebling

Wood Works Swiss Edition is an investigation into the wood industry and know-how in different parts of the world. In this first issue, the focus is on Switzerland. To explore such a vast universe, the research takes the form of a website, where visitors can browse different way pf working with wood according to categories such as species, region, craft, product, tool and manufacturer. The website features a sample box that provides a glimpse into the intricate expertise and meticulous processes involved in crafting a Swiss wood product.

Inès Aznar – Fragmented bathroom

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Inès Aznar – Fragmented bathroom

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Carolien Niebling

My project focuses on the exploration of sanitary facilities, specifically their spatial layout, use and form. In the context of refurbishment, my project aims to transform the bathroom into an independent, self-contained unit. This fundamental shift provides the framework for a new typology: the fragmented bathroom.

Alicia Berclaz – Doc Pals

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Alicia Berclaz – Doc Pals

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Carolien Niebling

Doc Pals is a series of objects that aims to create a less stressful environment for children during their medical exam. It contains a blood pressure monitor, tongue depressors and a set of stamps and a colouring mat for the waiting room. Based on the stories paediatricians tell children to reassure them, a teddy bear monitor, a tiger tongue depressor and “healing” stamps have been designed. A story book, available in the waiting room, has also been created for the children during the exams. It contains a short story and some fun activities to occupy the children during stressful moments. Afterwards, the children can take the book home.

Antony Gallay – Around the Farm

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Antony Gallay – Around the Farm

with Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Christian Spiess, Carolien Niebling

Around the Farm is a rural accommodation experience. The idea is to create habitable volumes from existing farm constructions. The aim is to promote a change of scenery closer to home for people seeking local tourism. The result is the interior design of a grain silo on two levels. The first floor features a functional room with an entrance area and a shower room. The second is dedicated to the sleeping area, with openings to admire the countryside.

Program

This section lists the detailed modules and courses for each semester of the programme.

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5 Semester 6

Industrial Design Workshop I — A
9 ECTS
Industrial Design Workshop I — B
9 ECTS
Contexts of design I
6 ECTS
  • History of Art (opt.)
  • History of Photography (opt.)
  • History of Cinema (opt.) 
  • History of Video Games (opt.)
  • Materials and Technologies I
Tools of communication I
6 ECTS
  • Drawing and illustration
  • Professional drafting and construction I
Industrial Design Workshop II — A
9 ECTS
Industrial Design Workshop II — B
9 ECTS
Contexts of design II
6 ECTS
  • History of Art (opt.)
  • History of Graphic Design (opt.)
  • History of Industrial Design I
  • History of Ideas (opt.)
  • Materials and Technologies II
Tools of communication II
6 ECTS
  • Graphic design I
  • Photography I
  • 3D CAD I (Rhinoceros/Keyshot)
  • Professional Drawing and Construction II
Industrial Design Workshop III — A
9 ECTS
Industrial Design Workshop III — B
9 ECTS
Contexts of design III
4 ECTS
  • History of Industrial Design II
  • Culturism I
Tools of communication III
4 ECTS
  • Graphic design II
  • Photography II
  • 3D CAD II (Solidworks/Keyshot)
Design for sustainability I
4 ECTS
Industrial Design Workshop IV — A
9 ECTS
Industrial Design Workshop IV — B (Exhibit design I)
9 ECTS
Contexts of design IV
4 ECTS
  • History of Industrial Design III
  • Culturism II
  • Introduction to the thesis
Tools of communication IV
4 ECTS
  • Photography III
  • 3D CAD II (Solidworks + Rhinoceros)
Design for sustainability II
4 ECTS
Bachelor Internship (opt.)
30 ECTS
Industrial Design Workshop V — A
9 ECTS
Industrial Design Workshop V — B (Exhibit design II)
9 ECTS
Contexts of Design V
4 ECTS
Tools of communication V
8 ECTS
  • Graphic Design III
  • Photography IV
  • 3D CAD IV (Solidworks + Rhinoceros + Keyshot)
Practical Work of Bachelor (Diploma)
18 ECTS
Contexts of design VI (Memoir)
9 ECTS
Valuation, promotion and dissemination (Portfolio)
3 ECTS
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Alumni

Marie Douel
Christophe Guberan
Micael Filipe
Quentin Frichet
Jules Mas
Julie Richoz
Joel Salamin
Career Opportunities

Industrial and product designer, Furniture designer, Watch designer, Textile (soft goods) designer, Packaging designer, Colors and materials designer, Event designer, Exhibition designer, Signage designer, Product developer, Creative director, Teacher…

Other alumni

(BA Industrial Design, MA Product Design et MAS in Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship)
Ini Archibong, Dimitri Bähler, BIG-GAME, Camille Blin, Daniele Bortotto, Antoine Boudin, Thilo Alex Brunner, Michel Charlot, D’Esposito & Gaillard, FROM, Tomás Král, Bertille Laguet, Nicolas Le Moigne, LeviSarha, Carolien Niebling, Léa Pereyre, Adrien Rovero, Brynjar Sigurðarson, Christian Spiess, SUPERLIFE, Hongchao Wang, Giorgia Zanellato

Staff

Head of department

Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard

Coordination

Artistic Deputy
Margo Clavier
Anthony Guex

Assistants
​​​​​​​Jasmine Deporta
Sebastiano Gallizia  
Bruno Pauli Caldas
Chiara Torterolo

Professors

Antonio Albanese
Nicolas Bourgeois
Christian Chabloz
Alexandre Gaillard
Claus Gunti
Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard
Tomás Král
Patrick Monnier
Elric Petit
Adrien Rovero
Deodaat Tevaearai
Julien Wegmüller
Cédric Widmer

Lecturers

Jonas Berthod
Mélanie Boissonneau
Mélanie Courtinat
Mehdi Derfoufi
Pierre Doze
Alice Franchetti
Laurent Guido
Martin Haldimann
Benoit Jeannet
Nicolas Nova
Constance Rubini
Laurence Salmon

Visiting lecturers

Maddalena Casadei
Friederike Daumiller
Christophe Guberan
Erwan Bouroullec
Michel Charlot
Marie Douel (Hors Pistes)
David Geckeler & Frank Michels
Chris Kabel
Christian Kaegi
Manuel Krebs (NORM)
Map Project Office
Philippe Malouin
Carolien Niebling
Jonathan Olivares
Pinaffo — Pluvinage
Julie Richoz
Francesca Sarti
Christian Spiess
Nadine Sterk (Atelier NL)
Charlotte Talbot
Nicholai Wiig-Hansen
Clara von Zweigbergk