Presentation

From artistic photography to commissioned work, via still-life, documentary, portrait or fashion, this programme is for students passionate about photography as a medium and wishing to sharpen their eye and refine their technique. 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 (graphic design, interaction design, film).

Through courses and workshops provided by major photographers on the international scene, the students become seasoned in the various fields (editorial, documentary and artistic) of photography. Involvement in exhibitions, publications or assignments commissioned by institutions provides an actual immersion into the professional world. The students also benefit from a wide range of theoretical courses and conferences on the ECAL premises.

The skills and projects acquired throughout the curriculum serve to produce a portfolio to the highest technical and aesthetic standards of actual professional practice. Whether they intend to work on applied or self-assigned photography projects, but also in art direction or creating moving images, either self-employed or working for a company, students who train at ECAL have a wide range of opportunities to choose from when they complete their CV. If they so wish they may also pursue in their chosen discipline by doing the new Master Photography at ECAL or an equivalent programme in another institution.

Language

French

Qualification issued

Bachelor of Arts HES-SO in Visual Communication, major in Photography

Yearly fees (materials included)

Fees detail

Length

6 semesters

Credits

180 ECTS

Useful links

Admissions Contact

Equipments & infrastructures

Open space BA Visual Communication Digital Printshop Technology Center Photo Studio Editing/Scanning Room

Learning Objectives

First year
Workshop avec Taiyo Onorato
Analog medium format class with Anoush Abrar
Workshop with Thomas Albdorf
Collaborative workshop with Philippe Jarrigeon
Video class with Clément Lambelet

1/5

  • Acquire digital and analogue photographic techniques (shooting, lighting).
  • Understand the operation of an analogue laboratory (developing films and black & whiteprints).
  • Develop your skills with digital software (Photoshop, Capture One, etc.).
  • Produce and edit moving images (clip).
  • Practice applied and visual photography (still life, portrait, architecture, staging, etc.).
  • Immerse yourself in cross-disciplinary courses in Graphic Design, Media & Interaction Design (website), 3D Animation (Cinema 4D) and 2D Animation (After Effects, Premiere).
  • Acquire background knowledge via theory courses (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 or personal projects.
Second year
Workshop Elizaveta Porodina
Installation class - Marvin Merkel
Workshop with Thomas Albdorf
Opening of the exhibition ECAL x Zenith à Genève
Installation class - Angèle Marignac-Serra
Installation class - Johanna Bommer
Workshop with Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs

1/7

  • Experiment with different hanging and installation techniques.
  • Work with brands and institutions.
  • Develop an editorial project (magazine photography and social networks).
  • Carry out a documentary project throughout the year.
  • 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.
  • Broaden your theory vision thanks to preparatory courses for writing a dissertation
  • Enhance your knowledge through theory courses (Information and 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
Evaluation - Dominique Bartels
Installation class - Sara De Brito Faustino
"Under Your Smell" Jean-Paul Gaultier x ECAL
Evaluation - Lea Sblandano
Novembre X ECAL
Installation class - Yul Tomatala
"Walk with Pierre Hardy" with Philippe Jarrigeon
Workshop with Shirana Shabazi

1/8

  • Produce a photography book.
  • Define your style and photographic directions.
  • Develop multimedia installations (projections, displays, sound systems).
  • Immerse yourself in cross-disciplinary courses to refine your collaborative skills in a transdisciplinary project (creation of a digital platform that includes Graphic Design, Media & Interaction Design and Photography).
  • 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.
  • 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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Diploma projects

Sara De Brito Faustino – Toute petite et vilaine

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Sara De Brito Faustino – Toute petite et vilaine

by Sara De Brito Faustino

“This project presents the home as a place where uncanniness and vernacular commonness exist side by side. Being an intimate space, a home should be a restful and secure place. However, mine has been the scene of some painful events. Today, I see this house as threatening. Uncomfortable and dysfunctional, it bears the scars of the past. In my photographs, I revisit those memories and reclaim my body. My tiny dioramas express my young self’s ideals opposed to the wounds I currently bear. Constructing, deconstructing, objects become bodies, whereas my being feels deformed and petrified. Toute petite et vilaine (“Tiny and Ugly”) creates an antagonistic tension between appealing visuals and disturbing details.“

Gaétan Uldry – I NO LONGER LOVE BLUE SKIES

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Gaétan Uldry – I NO LONGER LOVE BLUE SKIES

by Gaétan Uldry

The drone is a machine for control, surveillance and suppression that is increasingly used and improved in its technological evolution. The drone acts as a prism that recreates a new reality, filtering and annihilating the real world. The image produced is a kind of mirage, devoid of meaning. The machine creates a deliberate feeling of distance with the need to confront death. This book highlights this new reality by collecting, cropping and assembling images produced by drones to denounce the absurdity and danger of these devices for carrying out violence. It questions the status of these images, whose plasticity and aesthetics obscure and conceal the true nature of their function, which remains to control, monitor and kill.

Dominique Bartels – The Threads That Hold the Earth Together

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Dominique Bartels – The Threads That Hold the Earth Together

by Dominique Bartels

“Nostalgia for media that resonate with my body. The installation The Threads That Hold the Earth Together explores the plasticity of photographic and videographic image through weaving. Making and juxtaposing photographs is a way for me to create tangible links. The materiality, the body of the image are my starting point. To seize the passage of formlessness to form, I work with different media around linen: the first fabric to cover, clothe and preserve the human body. Three canvases, woven and unwoven with linen, photographic film and magnetic tape, are suspended in space. A video which explores the transformation of flax through different image textures runs in a loop on a TV.“

Samuel Spreyz – MSM. Rx

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Samuel Spreyz – MSM. Rx

by Samuel Spreyz

"Are cis gay men trapped in the medical system forever? Like desiring clones under chemical influence, they are enjoying a new sexual revolution – a revolution under legal drugs. If they want to bring liberalism into their sexuality, they have to become long-term patients. By virtue of PrEP, their use of the health system intensifies and MSM Rx is an attempt to represent this era. My visual essay is driven by my fascination for this lifestyle, a fusion of legal and illegal drugs, sultry parties and consensual hardcore practices."

Noa Chevalley – Bêche pour dame

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Noa Chevalley – Bêche pour dame

by Noa Chevalley

“In the middle of this gravel pit, a vast, artificial and monumental landscape, I try to leave my mark. In mimicry of this environment, I cut into the soil with the strength of my arms. The naked body becomes a tool for digging and filming. It is desexualised in this vain and infinite action. I use my strength to feel more powerful and to detach myself from the normative injunctions that are imposed to me. Despite this, I cannot compete with this place. A relentless battle takes place between the shovel and the ground – a battle that breaks the body and dismantles it. This work mirrors the feeling of inadequacy that comes from the dynamic of striving to meet the expectations that are imposed on us. I do not listen to my body anymore and I am conditioned to accept a world that rips it apart.“

Louis Victorin Michel – Deus Corporatæ

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Louis Victorin Michel – Deus Corporatæ

by Louis Victorin Michel

Deus Corporatæ weaves connections between the world of money and power, attempting to portray the corporate world as a numinous fortress. Its imposing architectures convey a sense of absolute presence, an almost sacred dimension. Symbols are scattered around these places, resembling coats of arms, allowing for the recognition of the various corporations in the city. These glass facades illuminate the surroundings by reflecting light through contemporary materials such as glass and steel. All of the rules of capitalist, globalised work culture create a new contemporary mythology, associated with rituals that foster a sense of belonging to this world. The project seeks to establish these new mythologies of financial power, whose façade appears transparent, but often wields influential power on an international level.

Jessica Dreier – Margem Sul

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Jessica Dreier – Margem Sul

by Jessica Dreier

"Margem Sul explores the social and political history of Portugal, focusing on the south margin opposite Lisbon. I documented Barreiro, Almada, Moita and Trafaria, with a focus on Segundo Torrão. After the Carnation Revolution in 1974, Angolan, Mozambican, Cape Verdean, Guinean and Santomean populations settled here, forming a strong comunity. Local rappers denounce the growing gentrification of Trafaria. The State justifies the demolitions on security grounds but remains evasive about their real motivations. Since the end of 2022, more and more homes have been demolished and people evicted. My work seeks to amplify the voice of the actors, expressing a variety of situations, from wandering to overt situations."

Matteo Angelé – If I Could Tell You/Se Potessi Dirtelo

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Matteo Angelé – If I Could Tell You/Se Potessi Dirtelo

by Matteo Angelé

This reappropriation project attempts to question the influence of context and medium by reusing pornographic images from homosexual magazines of the 1980s – a decade marked by the discovery of AIDS. Originally created for purely pornographic purposes, these images, representing bodies devoid of movement and stemming from bondage culture, describe the male archetype as characterised by Rudy Lemcke in A History of Violence: “Born and shaped by violence (…), we exist in a world where these dynamics of power and control are already operating for, with and against us. The effects of violence are a part of who we are.”

Inès Mermoud – OS CRIAS

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Inès Mermoud – OS CRIAS

by Inès Mermoud

OS CRIAS attempts to shed light on the relationship between children living in various favelas in Rio de Janeiro and the violence that surrounds them. It addresses the subject from a personal point of view, based on family stories and experiences. The documentary book evokes Brazil’s political and social issues from a critical perspective, and links together different types of images. A participatory approach is also highlighted.

Tony Altermatt – huǒlóng

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Tony Altermatt – huǒlóng

by Tony Altermatt

“ Huǒlóng evokes the memories and feeling that we might get from a country we have never lived in. We explore then intertwine symbols and images, giving birth to our own culture. From East to West, I create my representation of the second generation of the Chinese diaspora. Silently built, two distinct landscapes merge. Our youth evolves, oscillating between two cultures. The osmosis is palpable, between traditional heritage and desire for emancipation. This fictional story is the fruit of a journey. The protagonists gather to exchange their views. We connect lands, objects and environments. This is our way of representing ethnic mixing: a poetic symphony, where boundaries are dissolved.“

Ulises Lozano – Coming in

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Ulises Lozano – Coming in

by Ulises Lozano

“Adolescence is synonymous with identity construction. Identity is redefined by today’s youth. The aesthetics they adopt reflect a desire for singularity in a changing society. In a collaborative way, I accompany a process of self-affirmation. They blossom and I offer them a space in which to express themselves. Photography takes shape: a safe place for participants to unfold their fantasised personalities – a kind of alter ego in the making. These self-portraits echo the intimate experience of coming in. They become moments of breath, of reconciliation. Through encounters, drawing and photography, they reveal their intimate selves to me. Coming in is a visual interpretation of this process.“

Gwendoline Albasini – Dear Kingdom

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Gwendoline Albasini – Dear Kingdom

by Gwendoline Albasini

Dear Kingdom is a story told through storytelling. A fictional figure embodies the princess trapped in her role, the horse who frees her and the witch who casts a spell. These archetypes confront intimate questions about the female gender and seek to dismantle collective ideals. The dream castle, once we look beyond its ramparts, vanishes into thin air. The video immerses the viewer in a world as majestic as it is oppressive. The soundtrack consists of singing and violin. The sounds can be both powerful and frail, revealing the beauty of the disparities. “Dear Kingdom is an appeal to the projections of a social and personal ideal. In this message there is a desire to share my path in this imposing, theatrical and fanciful universe.“

Collaborations

BLI × ECAL

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BLI × ECAL

with Matthieu Gafsou

The collaboration between the ECAL and the BLI touches on contemporary issues that are of particular concern to students at the school: our relationship with minorities and the appropriate way of representing them. For a long time, a paternalistic anthropological attitude was tolerated and even encouraged in the world of photography. Attitudes have changed, and the young artists at the ECAL have developed a relationship of equals with the various communities they have encountered. Creating the images required a language that enabled the students to position themselves in relation to others and to establish protocols in line with their own values and those of the people on the other side of the lens. The images give us a complex, multifaceted panorama of our city's cultural diversity, and show us that encounters and mixes are possible and fruitful. Matthieu Gafsou, photographer and teacher.

ECAL × JEAN PAUL GAULTIER: Under Your Smell

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ECAL × JEAN PAUL GAULTIER: Under Your Smell

with Milo Keller, Florence Tétier, Nicolas Coulomb, Calypso Mahieu

The exhibition Under Your Smell offers a hypnotic and immersive experience in Jean Paul Gaultier's headquarters by imagining new definitions of beauty and body expression. Under the direction of Florence Tétier and Nicolas Coulomb, 3rd year Bachelor Photography students brought to life the brand's iconic perfumes through an immersive photographic experience. In the first season, with the complicity of Claude Emmanuelle Gajan Maull, the young photographers have fluidified the iconic bottles with their gendered silhouettes — Le Mâle, Le Classique, Le Beau and La Belle — in a fresh LGBTQIA+ perspective. With this upcoming season, the project evolves around the Scandal fragrance, with the creation of still lives in which the liquid, dry and organic contrasting textures evoke the essence of the perfume, its bottle design and its complexities. Through staging, the perfumes become the backdrop for stories of transgression and fantastical projections. In addition to monumental fabric prints, giant image-cushions welcome the public to lay down and celebrate gender fluidity and the ever changing definitions of beauty and self expression.

Carhartt WIP × ECAL

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Carhartt WIP × ECAL

with Nicolas Poillot

Earlier this year, Carhartt WIP (for Work in Progress) teamed up with ECAL, inviting Bachelor Photography students to interpret in their own way some of the emblematic pieces of the American clothing brand, which develops its own collections from the original Carhartt work clothes. The students, led by art director Nicolas Poillot, produced an editorial report, which was included in the latest issue of "WIP Magazine" published by Carhartt WIP and some of whose images will be exhibited at the ECAL on the occasion of the launch of this book.

D'HEYGERE

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D'HEYGERE

with Philippe Jarrigeon

As part of a course led by Philippe Jarrigeon, 2nd-year Bachelor of Photography students at ECAL/Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne were asked to work in the world of D'heygere jewelry and accessories. Between luxury and the ordinary, reality and representation, the students proposed new ways of interpreting the provocative, minimalist pieces.

Workshop Mode Suisse

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Workshop Mode Suisse

with Noir Associates, Peter Puklus

lt is with great pleasure that we are presenting a selection of works by students of the Bachelor's degree courses in Photography and Graphic Design, curated by photographer Peter Puklus for Mode Suisse Edition 15. The workshop initiated by Noir Associates and carried out in November 2018, aim to produce the current Mode Suisse campaign through a interdisciplinary business-oriented youth promotion collaboration. The outcome of this workshop was so convincing that the means of communication for both Mode Suisse editions in 2019 will be implemented in cooperation with the ECAL students, beginning with work from Raphaèle Rey, Hugo Plagnard and Théo Barraud. The beginning of this fledgling collaboration is marked by the students' smart approach to meeting the needs of MADE VISIBLE, whose partnership with Mode Suisse is a way of making creativity visible in unexpected ways. Work has already started on the collaboration highlights to be shown at the end of summer 2019, at Mode Suisse Edition 16. Main partners: Engagement Migros, The Zurich Silk Association ZSIG, the Hulda and Gustav Zumsteg Foundation and The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia

Image Vevey × Confrérie des Vignerons

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Image Vevey × Confrérie des Vignerons

with Jonas Marguet, Milo Keller

From Lavaux to the Chablais region of Vaud, the world of wine was reinterpreted for a semester by students in their 2nd year of the Bachelor of Photography programme at ECAL/Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne, in collaboration with the Confrérie des Vignerons. Under the guidance of Jonas Marguet, photographer and teacher, the students used clues gathered in the field from the winegrowers. Selected and presented as part of the Festival Images Vevey, Elisa Ribeiro's 'Nuisibles' series sheds light on an unexpected aspect of winegrowing. She paints a gallery of portraits of insects that ravage vines, using a scanning electron microscope. By reappropriating a scientific tool for artistic purposes, she reveals the extraordinary, invisible to the naked eye. This work questions the very foundations of the photographic image, the process of taking the picture being carried out here by means of a beam of electrons. These tiny pests appear like giant monsters, presented in large light boxes that evoke the illumination of microscopic observation. Musée de la Confrérie des Vignerons Rue du Château 2 1800 Vevey www.confreriedesvignerons.ch www.images.ch

ZENITH X ECAL

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ZENITH X ECAL

with Philippe Jarrigeon

To celebrate the anniversary of the iconic "El Primero" movement, a class of second-year photography students set out to explore the world of Zenith. Guided by fashion photographer and teacher Philippe Jarrigeon, the students worked at the Manufacture in Le Locle and in the studios of ECAL in Lausanne to create visuals specifically designed to be exhibited around the world.

Collaboration with Thierry Mugler

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Collaboration with Thierry Mugler

with Philippe Jarrigeon

Mugler’s heritage reinterpreted through the eyes of eighteen students of the 2nd year photography Bachelor course at the ECAL. A collaborative project led by the professor and acclaimed photographer Philippe Jarrigeon based on photographic and video works on 18 archive creations.

NOVEMBRE X ECAL

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NOVEMBRE X ECAL

with Nicolas Coulomb, Jeanne-Salomé Rochat, Florence Tétier

At the occasion of Paris Photo 2017, Novembre Magazine & ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne present a performative photography exhibition and a special issue of the magazine. This special issue and this exhibition present a selection of images produced through a period of four years during workshops conducted by Novembre Magazine in the Photography Department of ECAL. Through the eyes of over 60 students,it becomes a kaleidoscopic snapshot of contemporary attitudes towards the body and new definitions of beauty, encouraging a truly interdisciplinary approach to photography.

Walk with Pierre Hardy

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Walk with Pierre Hardy

with Philippe Jarrigeon

On the occasion of Paris Photo, Pierre Hardy & the ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne present the exhibition "Walk with Pierre Hardy". Fifteen iconic models by the designer were visually reinterpreted by the students of Bachelor Photography under the direction of Philippe Jarrigeon. Additionally, a luxurious special publication marks the occasion. To be discovered from 11 to 13 November 2016 (10 am to 7 pm) at the Pierre Hardy boutique (9-11 Place du Palais-Bourbon). “I really enjoyed interacting with the students. At ECAL, my role was very different from that of a teacher coaching the students on their work – as I myself was the subject I knew the stuff inside out! Just show me half a centimetre of a heel and I instantly recognise the model which I created”, says Pierre Hardy. The ECAL Bachelor Photography students thus worked on various collections produced by the Parisian designer in the past fifteen years in order to give them a new visual interpretation. Photographer Philippe Jarrigeon comments on the method he chose to conduct this workshop at ECAL: “Together with Pierre Hardy’s team we selected fifteen pairs of shoes in the archives – a purely practical decision which allowed us to keep the models as long as we wanted at ECAL. In addition, this allowed students to free themselves from seasonal trends. At the beginning of the workshop in October 2015, each student got a model on which to work by drawing lots”. This project allowed the students to question the relationship between photography and footwear, and by extension to confront the interconnection between photography and fashion. Milo Keller, Head of Photography at ECAL, observes that “Students, working without any business constraints in that case, are less formatted than a professional and therefore often offer unexpected approaches”. The results are indeed surprising and offbeat, sometimes even provocative or poetic, but always treat the original creations with respect. "Walk with Pierre Hardy" Publication Text (French): conversation between Pierre Hardy, Philippe Jarrigeon and Milo Keller Transcript: Sylvain Menétrey Softcover, 220 × 280 mm, 52 pages, 48 colour images, November 2016 ISBN: 978-2-9700962-9-0 Price: CHF 15 / EUR 15

ECAL at Festival Images Vevey

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ECAL at Festival Images Vevey

by Florian Amoser, Marvin Leuvrey

From 10 September to 2 October 2016, Festival Images Vevey will once again transform the little town of Vevey into the Swiss capital of photography. Visitors will get to discover  75 projects  based on the theme of ‘immersion. Besides the numerous graduates, ECAL offers various installations: ----- ECAL/Florian Amoser –  Quai Maria Belgia Quantified Landscape introduces an ongoing research project on the photographic transposition of space on a flat surface. Deep in the heart of underground galleries, Florian Amoser maps out the relief by placing a motor-mounted laser on the ground. The light beam slowly sweeps the walls of the cave, thereby drawing a continuous line according to the principle of contour lines. These long exposures create black and white landscapes that refer as much to analogue practice as to the digital finish of 3D modelling. These pictures are exhibited on display panels facing Lake Geneva. Original scenography by Festival Images Vevey ----- ECAL/Marvin Leuvrey – Quai Maria Belgia Revelations offers a fantasy-like narrative by immersing into Lake Geneva images of fragmented bathers. Leuvrey combines photography with visual research by applying soil, sand and trash collected from the lakeside onto the negatives and trying out various experiments with acetone, paint and oil. He also integrates water into his work by using the lake as a developing bath. By inviting visitors to tread on the images exhibited on platforms along the waterfront, the installation which starts off on Quai Maria Belgia prolongs the experimental process that Leuvrey uses on his photographs. Original scenography by Festival Images Vevey and Bachelor Industrial Design students (Margaux De Giovannini, Maki Nakaya-Sommet, Mélanie Zufferey). ----- ECAL PhotoJukeBox – La Ferblanterie Photography and music have much closer ties than we might think. Many musicians have paid tribute in one form or another to this mode of artistic expression, including Paul Simon (Kodachrome), Neil Young (Distant Camera), Lady Gaga (Paparazzi), Kraftwerk (Das Model), Barbara (Si la photo est bonne), Eddy Mitchell (La photo des jours heureux), Duran Duran (Girls on Film), The Cure (Pictures of You), Depeche Mode (Photographic) and Ringo Starr (Photograph). Festival Images has invited some thirty first-year Bachelor Photography students from ECAL to produce in one day a video clip for a song. The result is presented in the form of a jukebox that enables festivalgoers to select and listen to a tune by their favourite artist while enjoying a tailor-made video clip. A production by Festival Images Vevey and ECAL . Curating: Stefano Stoll, Milo Keller ----- ECAL Scenography Bachelor of Industrial Design students worked on orginal scenography to present the projects of the various artists. ----- Festival Images Vevey Information Dates: 10 September – 2 October 2016 Free entrance Opening: Saturday 10 September Opening hours for indoor exhibitions: Every day, 11:00-19:00 Festival Images is an outdoor photography festival, which encourages you to walk around the city to discover installations on walls, in streets and in parks.

Exhibition "Hybridations"

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Exhibition "Hybridations"

In response to the invitation of the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, whose winter programm reflects the special relationship and dynamic between theater and cinema, students of the 3rd year Bachelor of Photography worked on relations, features, interference and recurrent issues that run through these three display modes: theater, film and photography. This exhibition features a selection of works in the form of a set of arts hybridizations which was initiated in the course of the artist and photographer Natacha Lesueur. Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne Avenue Jaques-Dalcroze 5 1007 Lausanne +41 (0)21 619 45 44 www.vidy.ch

Workshops

The Indecisive Moment

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The Indecisive Moment

with Jaya Pelupessy

At a time when the distribution of images is lightning-fast and virtually infinite, and the distinction between the original and the copy often seems irrelevant, what is left? In this workshop the students were asked to partake in an experiment dissecting and illuminating various aspects of the image and reinterpreting its meaning. Using different reproduction techniques and methods of appropriation, students reflected on the origin and status of the image.

Walk with Pierre Hardy

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Walk with Pierre Hardy

with Philippe Jarrigeon

On the occasion of Paris Photo, Pierre Hardy & the ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne present the exhibition "Walk with Pierre Hardy". Fifteen iconic models by the designer were visually reinterpreted by the students of Bachelor Photography under the direction of Philippe Jarrigeon. Additionally, a luxurious special publication marks the occasion. To be discovered from 11 to 13 November 2016 (10 am to 7 pm) at the Pierre Hardy boutique (9-11 Place du Palais-Bourbon). “I really enjoyed interacting with the students. At ECAL, my role was very different from that of a teacher coaching the students on their work – as I myself was the subject I knew the stuff inside out! Just show me half a centimetre of a heel and I instantly recognise the model which I created”, says Pierre Hardy. The ECAL Bachelor Photography students thus worked on various collections produced by the Parisian designer in the past fifteen years in order to give them a new visual interpretation. Photographer Philippe Jarrigeon comments on the method he chose to conduct this workshop at ECAL: “Together with Pierre Hardy’s team we selected fifteen pairs of shoes in the archives – a purely practical decision which allowed us to keep the models as long as we wanted at ECAL. In addition, this allowed students to free themselves from seasonal trends. At the beginning of the workshop in October 2015, each student got a model on which to work by drawing lots”. This project allowed the students to question the relationship between photography and footwear, and by extension to confront the interconnection between photography and fashion. Milo Keller, Head of Photography at ECAL, observes that “Students, working without any business constraints in that case, are less formatted than a professional and therefore often offer unexpected approaches”. The results are indeed surprising and offbeat, sometimes even provocative or poetic, but always treat the original creations with respect. "Walk with Pierre Hardy" Publication Text (French): conversation between Pierre Hardy, Philippe Jarrigeon and Milo Keller Transcript: Sylvain Menétrey Softcover, 220 × 280 mm, 52 pages, 48 colour images, November 2016 ISBN: 978-2-9700962-9-0 Price: CHF 15 / EUR 15

Summer University CUBA

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Summer University CUBA

<meta charset="UTF-8"> After marking the history of the twentieth century with major episodes, Cuba must confront a new historical turning point. Obama's opening speeches and the death of Fidel Castro, leader of the Cuban Revolution of 1959, push the country towards a paradigm shift without priors. Partial liberalisation measures (restaurants, taxis and tourist activities) create an uncertain balance between mass tourism and Communist historical anchorage. The will of the workshop led by Milo Keller (head of photography) and Vincent Jacquier (Head of visual communication) was to rethink the visual relationship that the collective imaginary maintains with Cuba. It was for the students to get out of the tourist cliché, be it the old American car, the colorful colonial houses or the cigar. In partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland in Cuba, this week has been punctuated by many cultural visits. Exchanges with institutions such as the Instituto Superio de Arte (ISA) and the Fototeca de Cuba, as well as meetings with photographers who have worked for decades in Cuba as Sven Creutzmann and Vives-Figueroa, allowed an understanding finer Cuban culture, with exchanges around photographic, educational and policy approaches. The architecture has been one of the major themes, whether through visits to buildings of Porro and Gottardi, or even a visit to the Swiss Ambassador's residence, designed by Richard Neutra. With the help of the Embassy of Switzerland, the students were guided by four local photographers: Raul Canibano, Chino Arcos, Gabriel Guerra and Lissette Solórzano and they were able to get in places and invisible to tourists Havana networks. The projects are varied: technology report was addressed by Margaux Piette in a film about the hot spots Wifi scattered through the city. but also in the photos of Ivo Fovanna centered on the package, physical network for the exchange of files hacked; or in the film of Tatiana Mégevand on tourism activities Airbnb and economic change involved. The social characteristics of Cuba themselves in the series Olivia Schenker and Julien Deceroi. The first has made portraits of LGBTQ minority which enjoys a special acceptance on the island. The second makes us discover Santería, majority religion in Cuba of Christian inspiration and Voodoo. Imported cultural trends was put forward by the skaters in the movie of Pierre-Kastriot Jashari and more vernacular aspects are revealed in this series of Vincent Levrat pigeons collected on roofs by the inhabitants of Havana. The eighteen projects of this workshop were presented in the form of a projection at the Fototeca of Cuba on Vendredi8 December, in the presence of the Swiss ambassador, Mr Stutz and local photographers. This workshop was an opportunity of discovery cultural and social, but also a framework that helped improve the autonomy and ambition projectual students.

NOVEMBRE X ECAL

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NOVEMBRE X ECAL

with Nicolas Coulomb, Jeanne-Salomé Rochat, Florence Tétier

At the occasion of Paris Photo 2017, Novembre Magazine & ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne present a performative photography exhibition and a special issue of the magazine. This special issue and this exhibition present a selection of images produced through a period of four years during workshops conducted by Novembre Magazine in the Photography Department of ECAL. Through the eyes of over 60 students,it becomes a kaleidoscopic snapshot of contemporary attitudes towards the body and new definitions of beauty, encouraging a truly interdisciplinary approach to photography.

Collaboration with Thierry Mugler

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Collaboration with Thierry Mugler

with Philippe Jarrigeon

Mugler’s heritage reinterpreted through the eyes of eighteen students of the 2nd year photography Bachelor course at the ECAL. A collaborative project led by the professor and acclaimed photographer Philippe Jarrigeon based on photographic and video works on 18 archive creations.

Improvisation is shit

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Improvisation is shit

with Melanie Bonajo

"Improvisation is shit" is a performance workshop introducing role-play and improvisation techniques led by Melanie Bonajo at ECAL. During the workshop the students are challenged to negotiate again what it means to be human by way of our relationship to technology and systems of control. The onset of the digital era and the steady increase in globalised secular values has led to sexuality as a sphere of daily life being more visible and more available than ever. Nevertheless, it seems as though people are losing the ability to make meaningful connections even in physically intimate circumstances. What does it say about our society that many people would rather meet and then ghost a hook up rather than pay someone for a conscious orgasm? And what does it say if Capitalism is making money off of our loneliness and incapacities to source our own intimacy?

Junk Museum

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Junk Museum

with Thomas Mailaender

This workshop, directed by Thomas Mailaender, was aimed at students in the second year of their Bachelor's degree in Photography. The students were immersed in the art of physically constructing an image and its presentation device. The idea was to broaden their artistic horizons through an awareness of installation, scenography and sculpture. The creative atmosphere of the workshop was enriched by a bold touch, where the singular smell of waste added an unexpected sensory dimension, transforming each creation into a unique exploration. Thomas Mailaender challenged the students to push the boundaries of photographic creativity. The project then took the form of an exhibition in Chavannes-Près-Renens. At the heart of this immersive experience, images were projected, hung, cut and superimposed, giving rise to unique, innovative and immersive works.

Workshop Peter Knapp

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Workshop Peter Knapp

by 2 BAPH

Earth is Already Crying

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Earth is Already Crying

with Anouk Kruithof

"Earth is already crying" workshop d'une semaine avec l'artiste Anouk Kruithof.

Workshop Survival Camp

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Workshop Survival Camp

with Thomas Mailaender

During this workshop, the artist and the second-year Bachelor students spent a week living in a forest in western Lausanne. The shock of being deprived of the usual comforts such as running water, electricity and heating motivated the students to produce an enormous quantity of images. Cooking over an open fire, sleeping under the stars, hunting and fishing were all part of their daily lives, and provided the perfect backdrop for visual experimentation. The responses were manifold, from still to moving images, some dealing directly with delirious contemporary camping. The common denominators of all the works are humor and off-beatness. During Paris Photo, the results are presented in the form of an installation in the unusual urban setting of Les Voûtes. After the week-long workshop in Switzerland, all the students worked with Thomas Mailaender on the design and production of the exhibition. The students experienced a week of installation in total immersion: they lived in the exhibition as they built it. The images are presented in a raw environment, a sort of village, a makeshift camp. This whole process enabled them to confront not only the shooting process, but also the question of producing and exhibiting the images to the public. The exhibition is accompanied by a two-color catalogue-journal produced by the students and printed at the ECAL.

Semester projects

Fine Art Photography

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Fine Art Photography

with Natacha Lesueur

Seduce, they said Based on projects developed around the theme of seduction, students develop a personal, in-depth project over the whole semester.

Workshop Photographic chamber

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Workshop Photographic chamber

with Matthieu Gafsou

The workshop week 4x5 is both an introduction to the 4x5 technical camera and a way to kickstart a photographic project. Students experience the process of analog shooting, from development to large format printing. This intense week is highly technical, but also focused on developing a photographic language, allowing for a better understanding of the fundamental workings of photography.

Staged Photography

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Staged Photography

with Charlotte Krieger

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the creation and management of a complex photographic project involving sets, characters and lighting. The theme is free.

Video

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Video

with Orsola Valenti

Image, sound and politics: how to raise the image The main aim of the course is to stimulate reflection on the audiovisual gesture. By confronting students with the complexity of audiovisual creation and its compositional dimension (image and sound, space and time, frame and rhythm, body and set), they are encouraged to grasp its richness and potential.

Fine Art Photography

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Fine Art Photography

with Natacha Lesueur

Seduce, they said Based on projects developed around the theme of seduction, students develop a personal, in-depth project over the whole semester.

Images and movement

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Images and movement

with Olivia Schenker

During one semester, the students made a very short film on the theme of Simulations. They acquired fundamental notions in the narrative, visual, and conceptual development of a video production.

Workshop Photographic chamber

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Workshop Photographic chamber

with Matthieu Gafsou

The workshop week 4x5 is both an introduction to the 4x5 technical camera and a way to kickstart a photographic project. Students experience the process of analog shooting, from development to large format printing. This intense week is highly technical, but also focused on developing a photographic language, allowing for a better understanding of the fundamental workings of photography.

Photographic Hanging

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Photographic Hanging

with Laurence Bonvin

For two semesters, second-year students developped projects related to the thematic Reclaiming Water. They were invited to question and procuce images in relation to the countless political, social, economic, human and environmental issues linked to water. Who owns it? Is it a common good or a marketable resource? How can we visually address these issues?

Photographic Essays

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Photographic Essays

with Matthieu Gafsou

In the second year, the course Photographic Essays course enables students to exercise a documentary photographic practice –one based on a relationship with reality, with something anchored in the here and now. This year, students worked on a theme related to ecology in the broadest sense: a very specific, concrete starting point (a permaculture garden, Extinction Rebellion activists, documentation of polluted sites, encounters with people working with more-than-human animals), a broader, multiple or personal approach.

Photographic Editions

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Photographic Editions

with RVB Books/Matthieu Charon & Rémi Faucheux

Using pre-produced images, the students created one or more book models. How do you transform a series of photographs into a book? The Photographic Editions course introduces students to the selection of images, their order, format, graphics, ink, paper and binding. It addresses the specificities of the book as a medium and as a market.

PRATIQUE PHOTOGRAPHIQUE

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PRATIQUE PHOTOGRAPHIQUE

with Nicolas Poillot

By conceptualizing and producing the visual content for a magazine, themed - RESISTANCE - the students approached the notion of applied photography in a practical, creative and professional way in close collaboration with an Art Director.

Révélation Photographique

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Révélation Photographique

with Laurence Bonvin

During the first semester of the third year, this course enables students to take up a project they have already started, which could be continued in the second semester for the diploma. Students are encouraged to take risks in form, technique, production or subject matter.

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

Photographic and cinematographic practice I
10 ECTS
  • Photographic Practice
  • Photography/Art Project
  • Film Creation
Project Week I
4 ECTS
  • Technology I
  • Technology II
Transversal Skills I
10 ECTS
  • Graphic design

  • Photography
  • Interaction Design
  • 2D / 3D Sequence
Theory I
6 ECTS
  • History of Art (opt.)
  • History of Photography (opt.)
  • History of Cinema (opt.)
  • History of Video Games
  • Contemporary Photography, Exhibitions and Publications
Photographic and cinematographic practice II
10 ECTS
  • Photographic Practice
  • Photography/Art Project
  • Film Creation
Project Week II
4 ECTS
  • Technology III
  • Collaboration I
Transversal Skills II
10 ECTS
  • Graphic design

  • Photography
  • Interaction Design
  • 2D / 3D Sequence
Theory II
6 ECTS
  • History of Art (opt.)
  • History of Photography (opt.)
  • History of Cinema (opt.)
  • History of Video Games
  • Contemporary Photography, Exhibitions and Publications
Photography practice and technologies I
6 ECTS
  • Photographic Practice
  • Lecturer's Workshop
Photography Projects I
12 ECTS
  • Documentary Photography I
  • Cine-photography I
  • Photographic Exhibitions I

Transversal Skills III
6 ECTS
  • VR Sequence

  • Book Design 
Theory III
6 ECTS
  • Information & Communication
  • Global Visions
  • History of Photography
Photography practice and technologies II
6 ECTS
  • Photographic Practice

  • Lecturer's Workshop
Photography Projects II
12 ECTS
  • Documentary Photography II
  • Cine-photography II
  • Photographic Exhibitions II

Transversal Skills IV
6 ECTS
  • Clip Sequence

  • Magazine Design

Theory IV
6 ECTS
  • Information & Communication
  • Global Visions
  • History of Photography
  • Introduction to the Thesis
Photography practices
9 ECTS
  • Photobooks
  • Photographic Project
Photography Projects III
9 ECTS
  • Photographic Creation
  • Photographic Installation
Transversal Skills V
6 ECTS
  • Digital Editorial Design
Theory V
6 ECTS
  • Thesis
Diploma Studio
6 ECTS
Theory VI
6 ECTS
Diploma Jury
18 ECTS
Find all the programme documents below

Alumni

Philippe Fragnière
Maxime Guyon
Charlotte Krieger
Calypso Mahieu
Douglas Mandry
Charles Negre
Jean-Vincent Simonet
Anja Schori
Career Opportunities

Photographer of architecture, design, fashion or still life, Documentary photographer, Photo artist, Art director, Photo editor, Director of photography, Teacher…

Other alumni

(BA and MA Photography) Anoush Abrar, Philippe Fragnière, Erwan Frotin, Yann Gross, Nicolas Haeni, Raphael Hefti, Philippe Jarrigeon, Florian Joye, Matthieu Lavanchy, Milo Keller, Namsa Leuba, Catherine Leutenegger, David Luraschi, Romain Mader, Jonas Marguet, Adrien Missika, Cyril Porchet, Laurence Rasti, Maya Rochat, Reto Schmid, Sebastian Stadler, Joël Tettamanti, Manon Wertenbroek…

Staff

Heads of department

Visual Communication Department
Vincent Jacquier

Bachelor Photography
Milo Keller

Coordination

Artistic assistant
Calypso Mahieu
Julien Gurtner

Assistants
Achille Masson
Angèle Marignac Serra
Gaetan Udry
Sara De Brito Faustino

Technology Center
Jamy Herrmann
Matthieu Minguet
Vincent Jacquier

Professors

Anoush Abrar
Calypso Mahieu
Joël Vacheron, Lisbon
Laurence Bonvin, Lisbon
Milo Keller
Natacha Lesueur, Paris

Multidisciplinary fields professors

Angelo Benedetto
Anouk Schneider
Antonio Albanese
Claus Gunti
Pauline Saglio
Tonathiu Ambrosetti
Vincent Jacquier
Violène Pont

Lecturers

Angelo Cirimele, Paris
Chi-Long Trieu
Elodie Anglade
Estelle Blaschke, Basel
Giliane Cachin, Zurich
Laurence Salmon, Paris
Léonard Guyot
Lionel Tardy
Matthieu Charon (RVB Books)
Matthieu Gafsou
Mehdi Derfoufi, Paris
Mélanie Boissonneau, Paris
Mélanie Courtinat
Nathalie Herschdorfer
Orsola Valenti
Philippe Jarrigeon, Paris
Pierre Doze, Paris
Rémi Faucheux (RVB Books)
Robert Huber
Sami Benhadj, Paris

Visiting lecturers

Anouk Kruithof, Brussels
Antje Peters, Berlin
Antony Cairns, London
Augustin Rebetez
Christian Patterson, New York
Daniel Sannwald, London
Erik Kessels, Amsterdam
Francesco Zanot, Milan
Harri Peccinotti, Paris
Ina Jang, New York
Joachim Schmid, Berlin
Julien Gallico, Paris
Jürgen Teller, London
Lucas Blalock, New York
Lukas Wassmann, Zurich
Maya Rochat
Mazaccio & Drowilal, Toulouse
Melanie Bonajo, Berlin
Mirjam Wirz, Zurich
Nico Krebs (Tonk), Berlin
Nicolas Poilot (Études), Paris
Noémie Goudal, Paris
Olaf Breuning, New York
Paolo Roversi, Paris
Peter Knapp, Klosters
Peter Puklus, Budapest
Pierre Debusschere, Brussels
Pieter Hugo, Cape Town
Ren Hang †, Bejing
Renate Buser, Munich
Ruth Erdt, Zurich
Stefan Burger, Zurich
Taiyo Onorato (Tonk), Berlin
Théo Mercier, Paris
Thomas Mailaender, Paris
Thomas Traum, London
Viktoria Binschtok, Berlin
Walter Pfeiffer, Zurich
Yann Gross