Semestre 1 Semestre 2 Semestre 3 Semestre 4 Semestre 5 Semestre 6

Supports et interactions I
8 ECTS
  • Creative Coding I - Generative Graphics
  • 3D Graphics I - Sequence
  • Dynamic Display I - Visual Systems
Théorie I
6 ECTS
  • Histoire de l'art (opt.)
  • Histoire de la photographie (opt.)
  • Histoire du cinéma (opt.)
  • Histoire du jeu vidéo
  • Humanités digitales 
Compétences transversales I
6 ECTS
  • Design graphique

  • Photographie
  • Interaction Design
  • Séquence 2D / 3D
Semaines Blocs I
6 ECTS
  • Creative Coding
  • Beyond the screen
  • Interaction Design
  • Workshop
Supports et interactions II
8 ECTS
  • Creative Coding II - Interactive Graphics
  • 3D Graphics II - Interaction
  • Dynamic Display II - Dynamic Identities
Théorie II
6 ECTS
  • Histoire de l'art (opt.)
  • Histoire du design graphique (opt.)
  • Histoire du design industriel (opt.)
  • Histoire des idées (opt.)
  • Humanités digitales
Compétences transversales II
10 ECTS
  • Design graphique
  • Photographie
  • Interaction Design
  • Séquence 2D / 3D
Semaines Blocs II
6 ECTS
  • Creative Coding
  • Beyond the screen
  • Interaction Design
  • Workshop
Supports et interactions III
12 ECTS
  • Creative Coding III - Screen Design
  • 3D Graphics III - Realtime Narratives
  • Interface Design I – Usability
  • Prototyping I – Electronics
Théorie III
6 ECTS
  • Information et communication
  • Visions globales
  • Humanités digitales
Compétences transversales III
6 ECTS
  • Séquence VR
  • Edition Livre
Semaines Blocs III
6 ECTS
  • Creative Coding
  • Interaction Design
  • Workshop
Supports et interactions IV
12 ECTS
  • Creative Coding IV - Network Related Design
  • Interface Design II - Tangible
  • Prototyping II - Digital Fabrication
Théorie IV
6 ECTS
  • Information et communication

  • Visions globales
  • Humanités digitales
  • Introduction au mémoire
Compétences transversales IV
6 ECTS
  • Séquence Clip
  • Edition Magazine
Semaines Blocs IV
6 ECTS
  • Creative Coding
  • Interaction Design
  • Workshop
Supports et interactions V
18 ECTS
  • Creative Coding V - Advanced Interaction
  • Projet d’atelier
  • Workshop
Théorie V
6 ECTS
  • Mémoire
Compétences transversales V
6 ECTS
  • Edition Digitale
Studio de diplôme
6 ECTS
Théorie IV
6 ECTS
Travail de diplôme
18 ECTS

Projects

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

All Projects

Service Design - 2024

GRAPHIC DESIGN

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

PHOTOGRAPHY

Service Design - 2024

with Angelo Benedetto, Vincent Jacquier, Pauline Saglio, Calypso Mahieu

During the Service Design course, the 3rd year of the Graphic Design, Photography and Media & Interaction Design bachelors had to create multi-media projects. A collaboration of the Visual Communication department which had as subject the SDGs (*Sustainable Development Goals). The theme was called "For a good cause, make the SDGs a reality" and its objective was to allow students to develop a cause that is close to their hearts. Each project consists of at least two different media, one primary and one secondary. These projects could take any form that the students deemed relevant, be it a website, editions, posters, a video sequence or virtual reality.

SYNC SCREEN

GRAPHIC DESIGN

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

PHOTOGRAPHY

SYNC SCREEN

with Charlotte Krieger, Jean-Vincent Simonet, Florian Pittet (Sigmasix), Vincent Jacquier, Julien Gurtner, Matthieu Minguet, Cédric Duchêne, EPFL+ECAL Lab, Giacomo Bastianelli

For a week, the first-year visual communications students worked on an installation consisting of 15 screens, accompanied by a 360° sound system developed by EPFL+ECAL Lab. This chandelier, five metres in diameter and suspended from a height of three metres, served as a support for their experiments. Using music specially composed and spatialised for the occasion, the students explored the dynamics of sound both visually and in movement.

VAUD-O-RAMA – JEUX OLYMPIQUES PARIS 2024

GRAPHIC DESIGN

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

VAUD-O-RAMA – JEUX OLYMPIQUES PARIS 2024

with Julien Gurtner, Vincent Jacquier, Matthieu Minguet, Anthony Guex

Dans le cadre des Jeux Olympiques et Paralympiques de Paris 2024, le canton de Vaud a confié à l’ECAL le soin de réaliser une œuvre inédite, visible du 24 juillet au 8 septembre dans la Maison suisse installée pour l’occasion dans la cour de l’Ambassade de Suisse à Paris. Composée d’une vingtaine d’écrans synchronisés qui offrent une vision panoramique sur le canton et ses atouts majeurs, Vaud-o-rama a pour objectif de valoriser la région et de tisser des liens avec le public présent, en lui faisant découvrir sa richesse et sa diversité. Inspirée par le dispositif muséal du diorama, cette installation propose une vitrine dynamique et immersive sur le canton de Vaud par la mise en valeur de quatre grands axes : l’Innovation, la Formation, la Culture et le Sport. Elle présente un portrait varié du canton et offre un point de vue actuel sur ses activités. Le canton de Vaud se révèle ainsi comme un pôle d’excellence pour la recherche et l’innovation, un terrain d’apprentissage de pointe, un haut lieu de la création culturelle ainsi qu’un écosystème du sport unique au monde.

Betaverse

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Betaverse

with Alain Bellet, Mario Von Rickenbach

Using a mixed reality headset, the students used their surroundings as playground. Through creative gestures, each experiment proposes a way of interacting with the environment.

Much Faster / Much Slower

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Much Faster / Much Slower

with Alain Bellet

Fictional mobile apps based on the "Much Faster / Much Slower" theme, offering new ways of consulting, communicating, creating, playing, discovering and learning. Students in their 2nd year of Bachelor Media & Interaction Design designed a dedicated experience and graphic interface via interactive prototypes on Figma.

It's About Time

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

It's About Time

with Angelo Benedetto

Digital clocks with no temporal reference points, simple representations of the passage of time. Developed on the principle of screensavers, these projects are programmed to evolve graphically according to the time of day. Selection of projects created in the first-year Bachelor Media & Interaction Dynamic Display course with Angelo Benedetto, assisted by Sébastien Matos.

From A to B

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

From A to B

with Kylan Luginbühl

Video sequences realised during the 3D Graphics course led by Kylan Luginbühl. The videos interpret the From A to B theme, a direct exploration of the passage from one state to another. Projects realised during the 1st year Bachelor Media & Interaction Design.

Can They Dance ?

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Can They Dance ?

with Cyril Diagne

CAN THEY DANCE? is the result of a week-long workshop centered around the concept of Large Action Models (LAM). By repurposing existing platforms, the students leveraged the reasoning capabilities of these artificial intelligence models (LLM).

Tribute to Masterpieces

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Tribute to Masterpieces

with Elodie Anglade

Selection of animated sequences made during a 3D course directed by Elodie Anglade. The students were inspired by a painting and transcribed it into three different scenes.

PROJECTIONS XXL

GRAPHIC DESIGN

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

PHOTOGRAPHY

PROJECTIONS XXL

with Sami Benhadj, Vincent Jacquier

An immersive and magnetic visual environment, created by ECAL students, illuminates the facades of the mudac and Photo Elysée building. As part of an interdisciplinary project within the Visual Communication department of ECAL, students in the Photography, Graphic Design and Media & Interaction Design Bachelors programs developed immersive video projects designed to adorn the facades of Photo Elysée.

Fishtank

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Fishtank

with YONK

Under the guidance of 3D duo YONK, Second-year students worked on creating animated water creatures with accompanying habitats for the project “Fishtank”, inspired by the wall of aquariums you find at a fish store. The students learnt the ins and outs of using Virtual Reality to Sculpt 3D assets as well as animating, lighting and texturing in the 3D software Blender.

A Third Hand – Creative Applications for Robotics

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

A Third Hand – Creative Applications for Robotics

with Alain Bellet, Andrea Anner, Thibault Brevet, Martin Hertig

Robotic arms have long been a common sight in many industries. They are currently making a rapid entry into art and design studios and practices. Yet, at the same time, difficulties remain in accessing the workflows and work methods demanded by these machines given a clear lack of reference resources suited for this community. The same applies to Art and Design schools, which are increasingly investing in this type of equipment, often without having the resources to run it. This research project uses applied case studies to explore and define a set of exemplary work methods, capable of both informing and inspiring future users.

Workshops

SYNC SCREEN

GRAPHIC DESIGN

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

PHOTOGRAPHY

SYNC SCREEN

with Charlotte Krieger, Jean-Vincent Simonet, Florian Pittet (Sigmasix), Vincent Jacquier, Julien Gurtner, Matthieu Minguet, Cédric Duchêne, EPFL+ECAL Lab, Giacomo Bastianelli

For a week, the first-year visual communications students worked on an installation consisting of 15 screens, accompanied by a 360° sound system developed by EPFL+ECAL Lab. This chandelier, five metres in diameter and suspended from a height of three metres, served as a support for their experiments. Using music specially composed and spatialised for the occasion, the students explored the dynamics of sound both visually and in movement.

Betaverse

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Betaverse

with Alain Bellet, Mario Von Rickenbach

Using a mixed reality headset, the students used their surroundings as playground. Through creative gestures, each experiment proposes a way of interacting with the environment.

Can They Dance ?

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Can They Dance ?

with Cyril Diagne

CAN THEY DANCE? is the result of a week-long workshop centered around the concept of Large Action Models (LAM). By repurposing existing platforms, the students leveraged the reasoning capabilities of these artificial intelligence models (LLM).

Fishtank

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Fishtank

with YONK

Under the guidance of 3D duo YONK, Second-year students worked on creating animated water creatures with accompanying habitats for the project “Fishtank”, inspired by the wall of aquariums you find at a fish store. The students learnt the ins and outs of using Virtual Reality to Sculpt 3D assets as well as animating, lighting and texturing in the 3D software Blender.

Handmade Reality

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Handmade Reality

with Mario Von Rickenbach, Alain Bellet

Handmade Reality is a series of AR experiences using a mixed reality headset, the Hololens, created by the 2nd year Bachelor Media & Interaction Design students. Using the environment around us as a playground, each experiment proposes a different way of interacting with it, guided by our hands.

Talk To Me

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Talk To Me

with Alain Bellet

Talk To Me is a series of interactive objects designed by 1st-year Bachelor Media & Interaction Design students. These objects use dialogue as a playground and draw inspiration from conversational interfaces to create new interactions.

Beyond The Surface

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Beyond The Surface

with Vincent Schwenk

Under the guidance of 3D artist Vincent Schwenk, second-year students skillfully created an abstract animation centered on the theme of relaxation. Throughout the process, they gained valuable insights into various techniques such as modeling, texturing, simulations, rendering, and sound design.

Hyperlab

GRAPHIC DESIGN

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

PHOTOGRAPHY

Hyperlab

with Vincent Jacquier, Angelo Benedetto, Ali-Eddine Abdelkhalek, Jean-Vincent Simonet, Clément Rouzaud

In collaboration with the HYPEROUEST music festival, ECAL students were given the opportunity to design a visual installation in the room adjacent to the festival's ephemeral club, located on the Veillon wasteland in Crissier. For this project, 1st-year students worked in groups, mixing Bachelors in Graphic Design, Media & Interaction Design and Photography. Their main objective was to create powerful and creative visual sequences around the central theme of "HYPER". At the same time, second-year students in the Graphic Design option enriched this project by developing the exhibition's visual identity. These interdisciplinary collaborations stimulated exchanges and encouraged visual cohesion, connecting the different ideas and reinforcing the "laboratory" and experimental aspect of the project.

TalkCity

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

TalkCity

with Gaël Hugo, Yehwan Song

The students worked on creating a typographic 3D environment in a web browser. Using the words extracted from a dialogue, a sequence is illustrated in a synchronised way on two screens.

Break It Fix It

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Break It Fix It

with Daniël Maarleveld

Break it Fix it is the workshop's result conducted under the direction of Daniel Maarleveld. Based on the music Technologic - Daft Punk, each group have reappropriated a phrase to enhance it graphically. The result is a series of posters, a video clip compiling the different typographic systems, and a series of interactive posters based on the same rules.

Interactive gestures

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Interactive gestures

with Yehwan Song

“During the workshop we’ve invented a new web-interaction with the hand and body gesture. The unique gestures found in our daily habits have been combined with mobile touch screen, gyro sensor, web camera and microphones and created new narration in the websites on the screen. As we use specific gestures to express certain feelings, we need to create more sophisticated and diverse user web-interaction. This workshop was the first step of inventing and exploring diverse user interaction and sophisticated web-narration.” Yehwan Song

Beyond The Screen

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Beyond The Screen

with Angelo Benedetto

Beyond the screen - is a series of interactive machines developed by students in their first year of Bachelor Media & Interaction Design. These systems are inspired by the relationship between instructions and execution within a computer system. These machines create text through a modular typographic system.

Diploma projects

Tickie Bindner – City

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Tickie Bindner – City

by Tickie Bindner

Sazen City immerses us into the collective landscape of our memories. Each participant takes part in the experience by exploring a territory, then sending digital postcards that generate a dynamic and imaginary map. Unlike photos of panoramas or cities, these digital cards depict memories, universal moments and emotions, revealing a new form of epistolary exchange that is more suited to our digital spaces. Inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, Sazen City employs machine learning to co-create a collective space. As it evolves, this shared landscape questions the individuality of our memories and the role of artificial imagination in our digital environments.

Bogdan Nastase – FULCRUM

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Bogdan Nastase – FULCRUM

by Bogdan Nastase

Designed for the field of photojournalism, FULCRUM addresses privacy concerns surrounding the publication of photographs. Whilst many photo-journalists would agree that blurring or censoring faces tampers with important historical documents, protecting sources is ultimately a core journalistic principle. Given today’s ubiquitous data scraping and face recognition algorithms, legislation aimed at mitigating potential abuse remains outpaced by the swift progress of technology. FULCRUM offers a contemporary solution to the ethical debate between photojournalists and the public. By masking subjects’ faces with AI generated ones, FULCRUM ensures non-destructive anonymisation that simultaneously safeguards the identity of the individuals depicted and the photographic quality of the image.

Julien Caulet – Groove Électrique : l’Odyssée

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Julien Caulet – Groove Électrique : l’Odyssée

by Julien Caulet

My project is a tool that allows a musician, in this case Iya Ko, to offer their community a privileged role in the process of organising a concert. By using Instagram in unconventional ways, Groove Electric: The Odyssey presents a narrative in the form of an interactive series that invites the audience to participate in the concert’s implementation process until the day of the performance. This project is aimed at artists who want to strengthen and expand their community. The goal is to create an original platform that enables the artist to develop new “human” connections with their audience while promoting their work. This closeness should nourish both the artist and the community, which will play a central role in the creative process of certain projects.

Alexandra Sensi – Self-Reflection

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Alexandra Sensi – Self-Reflection

by Alexandra Sensi

Self-Reflection is a social experiment that takes an ironic look at the impact of image within our society. It highlights the importance of self-perception in social norms. The installation overlays the user’s reflection onto a digital game through a one-way mirror. This immerses each individual in both the game and a confrontation with their own reflection. Throughout our progress, we encounter situations that reveal how our self-perception influences our behaviour and plays a role in our social constructions. This project is driven by personal reasons and a background in psychology and social sciences, furthering an interest in human mechanisms, psychological analysis and the desire to help.

Paul Nouvelhomme – MR

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Paul Nouvelhomme – MR

by Paul Nouvelhomme

With GlobalCom, generate your business’s visual identity thanks to the power of AI! The recent emergence of services like ChatGPT or DALL·E prompts us to question the role of AI in design processes. In a reality where an advertising designer inevitably turns to the web for inspiration, the final product often appears similar to others. What would logos and visual identities look like if the initial design was driven by an AI, whose dataset is already saturated with overproduction and mimicry? GlobalCom, a product of this automated process, reveals that these tools are still too naive to operate independently. However, could they be employed as catalysts to stimulate the creativity of designers?

Jeanne Weber – Dusky Large Blue

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Jeanne Weber – Dusky Large Blue

by Jeanne Weber

Dusky Large Blue is a web experience that raises awareness of the impact of human activities on endangered species. This project is part of the context of the Grande Cariçaie reserve with which I have collaborated for its realisation. A fictional walk leads the visitor through five stations, each of which approaches an endangered species. Dusky Large Blue is a prototype that presents a specific case: the life cycle of the Dusky Large Blue, a species of butterfly. The visitor also discovers which problems are linked to its life cycle in the reserve and outside it. This project has allowed me both to develop a subject that is close to my heart and to offer an alternative version of a specific environment by superimposing a personal visual and auditory approach to reality.

Niki Zaal – Waazo

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Niki Zaal – Waazo

by Niki Zaal

Waazo is a mobile game that connects unknown participants for a social and friendly experience. It is an experience where virtual reality and reality come together. Today, smartphones and social networks connect us with people far away, but they can also separate us from our physical surroundings. This interactive game uses this hyper-connectivity to reconnect people in a specific location, paradoxically. The game draws inspiration from our childhood games, such as Where’s Waldo? or Cluedo. Using their phone, each participant explores the people around them to discover unknown individuals. Subtle clues like their posture, mood or main accessory will guide the player in this quest for encounters.

Lily Rose Hold – Dotto

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Lily Rose Hold – Dotto

by Lily Rose Hold

Dotto is a digital puzzle game that draws inspiration from classic dot-to-dot games. It combines connecting dots with the satisfaction of creating vector graphics. As you navigate through the collection of puzzles, you embark on a journey of discovery. Each connected dot unveils a part of the underlying artwork, gradually bringing it to life with every connection. A blend of satisfying gameplay and the celebration of vector Illustration, Dotto offers an experience for puzzle enthusiasts and those who love graphic illustration alike.

Salomé Dotter – Fragments choisis

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Salomé Dotter – Fragments choisis

by Salomé Dotter

Playmobil and minesweeper. Bag of marbles and MSN. Malabar and BlackBerry. Facebook and heartbreak. Disco ball and high school wall. Fragments Choisis is a poetic assembly of memories, an attempt at immunity against oblivion. On a shelf, the traces of the passing of time. Twenty-three physical objects have been carefully selected to embody reminiscences from early childhood to adulthood. Visitors are invited to scan whatever they like with their smartphones, to bring a story to life and lead them on an excavation of the virtual space on offer. Through this archaeological process, my intention is to crystallise contemporary nostalgia into a mosaic of shared memories. What fragments would you choose?

Elina Crespi – Metamorphoses

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Elina Crespi – Metamorphoses

by Elina Crespi

Metamorphoses is a video game installation that lets you develop your world by exploring its different dimensions. It is an organic machine that represents a harmony of opposites, a duality between machine and human. There is a balance to be found: should the machine adapt to the human or the human to the machine? Human to human? Machine to machine? By participating in Metamorphoses, players are invited to create connections by plugging in a jack cable to solve enigmas. They actively engage in the narrative and interact with the environment. The organic machine embodies a duality by making natural and technological elements coexist in an interactive and changing environment, thereby prompting introspection about our own world.

Arthur Lucchesi – RWM MK1

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Arthur Lucchesi – RWM MK1

by Arthur Lucchesi

The RWM MK1 is an experimental electronic synthesiser that captures and transforms radio signals, creating intriguing sounds and soundscapes. This instrument interacts with terrestrial and cosmic electromagnetic radiation, enabling us to listen to distant echoes from the far reaches of the universe. It consists of two PCB plates with a tangible interface for real-time interaction with these waves. Musicians can also add sound effects, enhancing the experience. My project is inspired by Jocelyn Bell’s discovery of pulsars, NASA’s SETI program, the Wow Signal and the works of musicians such as Tim Hecker and Gustav Holst.

Adryan Barrilliet – Will I Exist Within You?

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Adryan Barrilliet – Will I Exist Within You?

by Adryan Barrilliet

Will I Exist Within You? is an immersive exploration of the human duality between the desire for connection and the fear of suffering from it. The existential journey follows a torn individual, exploring how social interactions contribute to shaping their essence. By delving into profound themes such as the search for meaning, loneliness, fear and love, the experience, which is divided into four parts, questions our relationship with others, individuality and self-construction. Will I Exist Within You? is an extension of a reflection that began with my thesis work on the influence of video games on personal development, specifically the para-social bonds that are established between players and their accompanying characters.

Collaborations

SYNC SCREEN

GRAPHIC DESIGN

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

PHOTOGRAPHY

SYNC SCREEN

with Charlotte Krieger, Jean-Vincent Simonet, Florian Pittet (Sigmasix), Vincent Jacquier, Julien Gurtner, Matthieu Minguet, Cédric Duchêne, EPFL+ECAL Lab, Giacomo Bastianelli

For a week, the first-year visual communications students worked on an installation consisting of 15 screens, accompanied by a 360° sound system developed by EPFL+ECAL Lab. This chandelier, five metres in diameter and suspended from a height of three metres, served as a support for their experiments. Using music specially composed and spatialised for the occasion, the students explored the dynamics of sound both visually and in movement.

VAUD-O-RAMA – JEUX OLYMPIQUES PARIS 2024

GRAPHIC DESIGN

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

VAUD-O-RAMA – JEUX OLYMPIQUES PARIS 2024

with Julien Gurtner, Vincent Jacquier, Matthieu Minguet, Anthony Guex

Dans le cadre des Jeux Olympiques et Paralympiques de Paris 2024, le canton de Vaud a confié à l’ECAL le soin de réaliser une œuvre inédite, visible du 24 juillet au 8 septembre dans la Maison suisse installée pour l’occasion dans la cour de l’Ambassade de Suisse à Paris. Composée d’une vingtaine d’écrans synchronisés qui offrent une vision panoramique sur le canton et ses atouts majeurs, Vaud-o-rama a pour objectif de valoriser la région et de tisser des liens avec le public présent, en lui faisant découvrir sa richesse et sa diversité. Inspirée par le dispositif muséal du diorama, cette installation propose une vitrine dynamique et immersive sur le canton de Vaud par la mise en valeur de quatre grands axes : l’Innovation, la Formation, la Culture et le Sport. Elle présente un portrait varié du canton et offre un point de vue actuel sur ses activités. Le canton de Vaud se révèle ainsi comme un pôle d’excellence pour la recherche et l’innovation, un terrain d’apprentissage de pointe, un haut lieu de la création culturelle ainsi qu’un écosystème du sport unique au monde.

LA POSTE × ECAL

GRAPHIC DESIGN

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

LA POSTE × ECAL

with La Poste, Vincent Jacquier, Angelo Benedetto

For the Swiss Post Office, students from ECAL's Bachelor Graphic Design and Bachelor Media & Interaction Design are creating a postage stamp based on artificial intelligence. Thanks to augmented reality, Metascape transports Swiss Post users into an imaginary and poetic universe on the way to a destination that remains elusive.

Palais Augmenté 2022

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Palais Augmenté 2022

by Elodie Anglade, Maya Bellier, Soraya Camina, Marine Dang, Basil Dénéréaz, Nora Fatehi, Mélanie Fontaine, Sébastien Galera Larios, Evan Kelly, Jamy Herrmann, Bogdan Nastase, Michael Pica, Jorge Reis, Nathanaël Vianin, Julie Ryser

At the initiative of the Réunion des Musées Nationaux  –  Grand Palais and Fisheye , the second edition of the Palais Augmenté festival will be held from June 17 to 19, 2022 at the Grand Palais Ephémère in Paris. On this occasion, the Bachelor Media & Interaction Design of ECAL will be represented in several ways.

Alter Ego

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Alter Ego

with Gaël Hugo, Pauline Saglio

Realized in collaboration with Musée de la Main UNIL-CHUV, Lausanne for the exhibition « Intelligence Artificielle. Nos reflets dans la machine ». By revisiting the shape of the mirror, “Alter Ego” questions the notion of digital reflection. It highlights, in a playful way, image analysis by artificial intelligence. Project lead: Pauline Saglio, Gaël Hugo Development and finalization of projects: Sébastien Matos, Paul Lëon

Grand Palais Éphémère - Palais Augmenté

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Grand Palais Éphémère - Palais Augmenté

with Robin Bervini, Milo Keller, Kylan Luginbühl, Pauline Saglio

Co-produced by Fisheye and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux - Grand Palais, the Palais Augmenté festival takes place inside the Grand Palais Éphémère. Exceptionally, in partnership with ECAL, augmented reality projects will be accessible from this point, on the façade of the Grand Palais Éphémère on 19 and 20 June 2021.

HERE AND THERE

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

HERE AND THERE

with Marcelo Coelho, Gaël Hugo, Pauline Saglio

A new educational model for a post-pandemic world

Infomesh

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Infomesh

with Pauline Saglio, Vincent Jacquier, Laura Nieder

Information Mesh is a web platform celebrating the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web that explores social, technical, cultural and legal facts throughout different interactive timelines. It was initiated in October 2018 during a one week workshop in partnership with swissnex San Francisco, where students visited key partners and began developing the project. The timelines present an overview of Web history, starting with the proposal for hypertext by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in 1989, initially under the name “Information Mesh.” From this start date, users can then explore 30 years of evolution. infomesh.org

Station Lights

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Station Lights

with Angelo Benedetto, Vincent Jacquier, Pauline Saglio

Station Lights is a luminary installation specially made for the opening of the Gare du Châble train station. This project is the result of a course led at ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne by Angelo Benedetto, Vincent Jacquier and Pauline Saglio. The technical development and production was entrusted to SIGMASIX, a studio started by ECAL graduates, who produce interactive installations in Switzerland and the rest of the world. The content displayed on the installation was made by students of the 2nd year Media & Interaction Design Bachelor: Antoine Barras, Maya Bellier, Pablo Bellon, Ivan Chestopaloff, Bastien Claessens, Guillaume Giraud, Léonard Guyot, Evan Kelly, Lisa Kishtoo, Kylan Luginbühl, Alice Nimier, Paul Lëon, Aurélien Pellegrini, Yael Sidler and Diane Thouvenin.

Pianeta PUCCI

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Pianeta PUCCI

Pianeta PUCCI, a virtual reality experience realised by Pietro Alberti, proposes a new way of exploring the prints and the colors of the brand. Through the use of virtual reality, the custommer has the opportunity to immerse oneself in a surrealistic interpretation of the Pucci universe - showcasting a deconstructed version of the historic palazzo Pucci, Emilio Pucci heritage headquarters, and its renaissance decor including busts highlighted in the iconic “Emilio Pink”. Elsewhere, elements of the florentine city appear including a “Puccified” duomo. pietroalberti.ch

Timeline 125

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Timeline 125

with Angelo Benedetto, Cyril Diagne, Vincent Jacquier

Timeline 125 is an interactive timeline for the 125th anniversary of Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne. The project is developed in collaboration with 1st year students in BA Media & Interaction Design.

Le Salon de Compagnie

MEDIA & INTERACTION DESIGN

Le Salon de Compagnie

by Pietro Alberti

This immersive installation created by Pietro Alberti proposes an innovative way to discover an emblematic room of the musée des Arts Décoratifs et du Design in Bordeaux (madd-bordeaux). Thanks to Virtual Reality, the perception of the 15th century’s architecture, gildings and furnitures are constantly changing, giving the spectator, a completely new vision of the space and its antic masterpieces. The musée des Arts Décoratifs et du Design in Bordeaux (madd-bordeaux) paired with ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne for a collaboration that led to an interactive installation in the museum. This project is the starting point for future collaborations and new digital devices installed in the museum. pietroalberti.ch

Presentation

Successfully bridging several disciplines around visual communication, this training is designed for students with a solid visual culture eager to find out more about advanced technology. Prospective, pragmatic and experimental, this Bachelor course is provided in the framework of the Visual Communication Department, which concurrently offers crossover courses and projects enabling students to acquire multidisciplinary skills (photography, graphic design, film).

Through courses and workshops provided by major actors on the international scene, the students become seasoned in the various fields of this discipline – art direction, interaction design, interactive applications (web and mobile), installations, motion design, as well as communication and digital identity. Involvement in exhibitions, publications or assignments commissioned by institutions provides an actual immersion into the labour world. The students also benefit from a wide range of theoretical courses and multidisciplinary conferences on the ECAL premises.

The skills and projects acquired throughout the curriculum serve to produce a portfolio in line with the highest standards. From website design to event management, via animation or modelling, this training offers a wide range of professional opportunities.

Language

French

Qualification issued

Bachelor of Arts HES-SO in Visual Communication, major in Media & Interaction Design

Yearly fees (materials included)

Fees detail

Length

6 semesters

Credits

180 ECTS

Useful links

Admissions Contact

Equipments & infrastructures

Open space BA Visual Communication Technology Center BA Media & Interaction Design Room Virtual Reality Room

Learning objectives

First year
Workshop avec Antoine Bertin
Workshop avec Samy La Crapule
Workshop avec Ted Davis
Workshop avec Ted Davis

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  • Learn about programming with a targeted approach to JavaScript and get familiar with the graphic visualisation of mathematical and algorithmic logic.

  • Tackle the aesthetic, logical and conceptual issues related to the design of graphic interfaces and implement a dynamic graphic visual identity.

  • Acquire the necessary tools to produce a three-dimensional world in Cinema 4D (modelling, lighting, texturing, motion graphics and sequencing).

  • Design interactive three-dimensional spaces using Unity.

  • Immerse yourself incross-disciplinary courses in Photography, Graphic Design, Media & Interaction Design (website), 3D Animation (Cinema 4D) and 2D Animation (After Effects, Premiere).

  • Enhance your theoretical knowledge via courses in theory (History of Art, Photography, Film, Digital Culture, Industrial Design, Graphic Design, Media Theory, Project Management, 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 or personal projects.

Second year
Workshop et conférence de StudioTech
Worlshop avec Hayden Zezula
Workshop et conférence de Dirk Koy

1/3

  • Design media andgraphic content linked to a project developed for one or more digital media incollaboration with Graphic Design students.

  • Develop a multi-screen/multi-player game implementing real-time interconnection.

  • Become familiar with the notion of network communication and learn about the bi-directional real-time server-client communication protocol, while understanding the issues related to the specific properties of different devices allowing network connections (JavaScript, Firebase).

  • Develop the notion of interface, codes and associated practices (screen layout, navigation in a content, hierarchisation and analysis of the usual metaphors of graphic interfaces via dedicated software (AdobeXD, InVision, Figma, etc.).

  • Tackle electronics and programming principles, particularly through the Arduino platform.

  • Se confronter à l’électronique et au principes de programmation au travers notamment de la plateforme Arduino

  • Deepen notions of modelling and file creation for machining and 3D printing (Autodesk Fusion 360, Cura, PreForm, etc.).

  • Broaden your horizons through practical cross-disciplinary courses within a sequence (videoclip or VR) or editing project (of your choice) in collaboration with Graphic Design and Media & Interaction Design students.

  • Enhance your knowledge through theory courses (Information & Communication, Global Visions).

  • Take part in weeks of workshops supervised by practitioners from all over the world with the aim of carrying out collective or personal projects.

Third year
Jury de diplôme
Jury de diplôme
Jury de diplôme
Jury de diplôme Media & Interaction Design 2022

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  • Focus on contemporary technology (so-called “creative” machine learning) through targeted tools (ml5js, ml4a, JavaScript, possibly python, C++).

  • Widen your research and experimentation capacities by setting up a free project, in connection with the field, responding to a given subject.

  • Immerse yourself in cross-disciplinary courses to refine your collaborative skills in a transdisciplinary project (creation of a digital platform, including GraphicDesign, Media & Interaction Design and Photography).

  • Broaden your theoretical knowledge with courses in Copyright Law and preparation for writing a dissertation.

  • Take part in weeks of workshops supervised by practitioners from all over the world with the aim of carrying out collective 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.

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

Media & Interaction practice and techniques I
8 ECTS
  • Creative Coding I - Generative Graphics
  • 3D Graphics I - Sequence
  • Dynamic Display I - Visual Systems
Theory I
6 ECTS
  • History of Art (opt.)
  • History of Photography (opt.)
  • History of Cinema (opt.)
  • History of Video Games
  • Introduction to the critical history of graphic design 
Transversal Skills I
6 ECTS
  • Graphic design

  • Photography
  • Interaction Design
  • 2D / 3D Sequence
Project Week I
6 ECTS
  • Creative Coding
  • Beyond the Screen
  • Interaction Design
  • Workshop
Media & Interaction practice and techniques II
10 ECTS
  • Creative Coding II - Interactive Graphics
  • 3D Graphics II - Interaction
  • Dynamic Display II - Dynamic Identities
Theory II
6 ECTS
  • History of Art (opt.)
  • History of Graphic Design
  • History of Industrial Design
  • History of Ideas
  • Introduction to the critical history of graphic design 
Transversal Skills II
10 ECTS
  • Graphic design

  • Photography
  • Interaction Design
  • 2D / 3D Sequence
Project Week II
4 ECTS
  • Beyond the screen
  • Interaction Design
  • Creative Coding
  • Workshop

 

Media & Interaction practice and techniques III
12 ECTS
  • Creative Coding III - Screen Design
  • 3D Graphics III - Realtime Narratives
  • Interface Design I - Usability
  • Prototyping I - Electronics
Theory III
6 ECTS
  • Information & Communication
  • Global Visions
  • History of Graphic Design Seminars
Transversal Skills III
6 ECTS
  • VR Sequence

  • Book Design 
Project Week III
6 ECTS
  • Interaction Design
  • Creative Coding
  • Workshop
Media & Interaction practice and techniques IV
12 ECTS
  • Creative Coding IV - Network Related Design
  • Interface Design II - Tangible
  • Prototyping II - Digital Fabrication
Theory IV
6 ECTS
  • Information & Communication
  • Global Visions
  • Digital Humanities
  • Introduction to the Thesis
Transversal Skills IV
6 ECTS
  • Clip Sequence

  • Magazine Design

Project Week IV
6 ECTS
  • Creative Coding
  • Interaction Design
  • Workshop

 

Media & Interaction practice and techniques V
12 ECTS
  • Creative Coding V - Advanced Interaction
  • Free project
  • Workshop
Theory V
6 ECTS
  • Thesis
Transversal Skills V
6 ECTS
  • Digital Editorial Design
Diploma Studio
6 ECTS
Theory VI
6 ECTS
Diploma Jury
18 ECTS
Find all the programme documents below

Alumni

Pietro Alberti
Pierre Allain-Longval
Caroline Buttet
Romain Cazier www
David Colombini
Mélanie Courtinat www
Mylène Dreyer
Thomas Faucheux
Lucien Langton
Lisa Li
Erika Marthins
Benjamin Muzzin
Nathan Vogel
Career Opportunities

Interaction designer, Motion designer, Multimedia artist, Data designer, Game designer, Physical computing designer, Web designer, Art director, Teacher… 

Other alumni

Marius Aeberli, Joelle Aeschlimann, Karian Foehr, Fragment.in, Jürg Lehni, Sylvain Meltz, Matthieu Minguet, Mathieu Rivier, Pauline Saglio, Sigmasix, Camille Scherrer, Thomas Traum, Sebastian Vargas…

Staff

Heads of department

Visual Communication Department
Vincent Jacquier

Bachelor Media & Interaction Design
Pauline Saglio

Coordination

Artistic assistant
Julien Gurtner

Assistants
Achille Masson
Elodie Anglade
Jamy Herrmann
Kylan Luginbühl
Martial Grin
Sébastien Matos

Technology Center
Jamy Herrmann
Matthieu Minguet
Vincent Jacquier

Professors

Alain Bellet
Angelo Benedetto
Christophe Guignard
Gaël Hugo, Paris
Harry Bloch
Patrick Keller
Pauline Saglio

Multidisciplinary fields professors

Antonio Albanese
Claus Gunti
Vincent Jacquier
Milo Keller
Violène Pont
Anouk Schneider
Joël Vacheron

Lecturers

Andreas Gysin, Lugano
Catherine Leutenegger
Cedric Duchêne
Chi-Long Trieu
Cyril Diagne, Paris
Elodie Anglade
Florian Pittet (Sigmasix)
Giliane Cachin, Zurich
Kylan Luginbühl (Floating Point)
Laura Nieder (INT, Fragmentin)
Laurence Salmon, Paris
Léonard Guyot (Floating Point)
Lionel Tardy
Mario Von Rickenbach, Zurich
Mathieu Rivier (Mouvement)
Mehdi Derfoufi, Paris
Mélanie Boissonneau
Mélanie Courtinat
Pierre Doze, Paris
Sami Benhadj, Paris
Sébastien Agnetti
Valerio Meschi (Floating Point)

Visiting lecturers

Aaron Jablonski, Berlin
Andrea Anner (AATB)
Andreas Refsgaard, Copenhague
Antoine Bertin, Paris
Christian Mio Loclair (Waltz Binaire), Berlin
Claire Eliot (Studiotech)
Daniël Maarleveld, Amsterdam
Dirk Koy, Basel
Dries Depoorter, Ghent
Gene Kogan, Berlin
Hayden Zezula (Zolloc), New-York
Ines Alpha, Paris
Jesse Howard, Amsterdam
Jessica In, London
Lloyd Henning (Foxdog Studio), Manchester
Luca Zanotto, Helsinki
Marcelo Coelho (MIT)
Mario De Vega, Mexico City
Marion Pinaffo (Pinaffo Pluvinage), Paris
Mitch Paone (DIA Studio), New York
Nicolas Barradeau, Paris
Niels van der Donk (YONK)
Niklas Hagemann, Boston
Marc Schütz (Schultzschultz), Francfort
Peter Sutton (Foxdog Studio), Manchester
Raphaël Pluvinage (Pinaffo Pluvinage), Paris
Roel Wouters (Studio Moniker), Amsterdam
Samy La Crapule, Paris
Ted Davis, Basel
Thibault Brevet, Zurich
Thomas Traum, London
Tim Rodenbröker, Paderborn
Victoria Young (YONK)
Vincent Schwenk, Berlin
Yehwan Song, Seoul
Yuri Suzuki, London
Zach Lieberman, New-York