Presentation

Discovering the various fields and movements of contemporary art by developing one’s own artistic expression. Such is the opportunity offered by this Bachelor programme to young, passionate artists wishing to perfect their technique, experiment with discourse and consolidate a critical stance. Students benefit from practical and theoretical supervision provided by major actors of the contemporary art scene.

Thanks to state-of-the-art infrastructure, workshops with acknowledged artists and courses provided by experienced practitioners, the students gradually become seasoned in numerous techniques (etching, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, sound, screen printing, lithography) and means of expression (performance, video, installation, new media or exhibition design). Theory also plays a major role, supported by studio visits and exhibitions as well as a host of multidisciplinary lectures within ECAL.

From pure artistic practice to exhibition curatorship, via writing, teaching or research, the range of opportunities is all the wider by creating an exceptional portfolio. This programme is also a gateway to the Master Fine Arts at ECAL or in another institution.

Language

French

Qualification issued

Bachelor of Arts HES-SO in Visual Arts

Yearly fees (materials included)

CHF 1 925.-

Length

6 semesters

Credits

180 ECTS

Useful links

Admissions Contact

Equipments & infrastructures

Workshop BA Visual Arts Silk-screen printing Lithography Workshop Toroni Gallery Open Space BA Visual Arts (1) Open Space BA Visual Arts (2) 

Learning Objectives

First year
Workshop with Charlotte Herzig
Silk-screen and Printing Workshop
Silk-screen and Printing Workshop
Research project – «Vision Creation New Sound»
Workshop with Marie-Caroline Hominal

1/5

  • Acquire the basics of transmission by medium (photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, engraving and publishing, video, sound, performance, music, film, multimedia, etc.) and encourage the questioning of these different media.
  • Experiment with the different tools and artistic approaches available to define your own methodology of artistic work (lecture and workshop practice).
  • Acquire background knowledge via courses in theory, history and methodology, and learn the basics of criticism by calling on a variety of tools (Contemporary History, History of Ideas and Art, Sound Studies, Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Philosophy). Reflect on your work with regard to various historical forms and alternative learning methods.
  • Consider drawing as a work or as a medium for work, test different methods of printing and of multiplying and disseminating images or forms.
  • Test concepts and forms by crossing historical and conceptual knowledge, and test staging and hanging formats for your work.
  • Develop your personal practice in the studio, taking advantage of the many regular or occasional invitations from visiting artists (studio visits) to obtain a variety of points of view on your own work.
  • Take part in weeks of workshops supervised by artists from various fields (performers, painters, musicians, poets, writers, etc.) with the aim of carrying out collective projects (a mix of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year classes) and/or personal projects.
Second year
Workshop with Philippe Decrauzat
Workshop with Wade Guyton and Virginia Overton
Silk-Screen workshop with Sylvie Fleury

1/3

  • Continue your personal research and practice and experiment with exhibition models, under the eye of regular and visiting teachers.
  • Enhance your relationship with artistic forms and concepts by varying formats (seminars, workshops, collective work, etc.) and multiplying perspectives.
  • Benefit from studio visits and interviews with speakers to hear a variety of points of view on your personal work.
  • Understand exhibitions as a complex object that includes the production of works, group discussions and the definition of spaces, communication, hanging and public display, individually and in groups of various formats.
  • Enhance your knowledge through courses and seminars in Critical Theory, History of Art and Ideas, and Philosophy that call upon a variety of knowledge and critical fields.
  • Learn to make connections in a constellation of past and future artists and forms starting from specific objects, namely music and sound on recorded media (Sound).
  • Start writing and thinking about literary publication in various formats (book, performance, sound poetry, posters, etc.) and start research for the BA dissertation.
  • Take part in weeks of workshops supervised by practitioners from all over the world with the aim of carrying out collective (a mix of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year classes) and/or personal projects.
Third year
Diploma jury
Diploma project – Gina Proenza
Diploma project – Eva Jovicic

1/3

  • Refine your choices and positions based on the different methodologies and techniques tested during the course.
  • Multiply different perspectives and levels of criticism by writing about your own work and that of others.
  • Benefit from studio visits and interviews with the artists and curators involved to vary the points of view on your own work and to learn to network and talk about your work.
  • Continue to develop your personal practice and reflect on your work independently.
  • Broaden your knowledge with theory and methodology courses and write a dissertation as a tool to critically support your work or as an autonomous publication.
  • Test a variety of exhibition models and perfect your artistic language.
  • Take part in weeksof workshops supervised by practitioners from all over the world with the aim of carrying out collective projects (mix of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year classes) and/or personal projects.
  • Complete your studies with a graduation work and a portfolio, which will help you meet actors in art worlds and integrate these varied worlds according to chosen rather than imposed conditions, or continue your studies on an MA course.

Projects

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

Evaluations 3AV 2022

FINE ARTS

Evaluations 3AV 2022

Studio project by Roxane Christinet, Salomé Engel, Maria Esteves, Assadour Matthey, Léonard Vazquez Vila, Flavio Visalli

Evaluations 2AV

FINE ARTS

Evaluations 2AV

Studio project by Fanny Dunning, Clément Grimm, Laura Hagmann, Mathilde Hansen, Noemi Leneman, Nolan Lucidi, Lou-Anna Ulloa del Rio, Florentina Walser, Ysé Willemin

Evaluations 1AV

FINE ARTS

Evaluations 1AV

Studio project by Charlie Jannes, Anna Kawahara, Romane Roy

Evaluations 2AV

FINE ARTS

Evaluations 2AV

Studio project

Evaluations 1AV

FINE ARTS

Evaluations 1AV

Studio project

Evaluations 3AV

FINE ARTS

Evaluations 3AV

Studio project

Evaluations 2AV

FINE ARTS

Evaluations 2AV

Studio project

Evaluations 1AV

FINE ARTS

Evaluations 1AV

Studio project

Evaluations 2AV

FINE ARTS

Evaluations 2AV

Studio project

Evaluations 1AV

FINE ARTS

Evaluations 1AV

Studio project

Prometheus

FINE ARTS

Prometheus

Studio project by Terat Thanaworrawatniti

Everyone Invites Everyone

FINE ARTS

Everyone Invites Everyone

Studio project with Philippe Decrauzat

Players only loves you when you are playing

Workshops

ECAL x Cheryl Donegan

FINE ARTS

ECAL x Cheryl Donegan

Workshop

Nostalagia Is a Different Kind of Pain(t) ECAL x Cheryl Donegan On the occasion of artgenève from 3 to 6 March at Palexpo, ECAL presents projects by Bachelor Fine Arts students produced during a workshop with American artist Cheryl Donegan Initiated in the context of a collaboration with the Art & Vie Foundation, whose mission revolves around textiles, this workshop aimed at crossing everyday objects, subverting craft processes and reproductive gestures. Produced by students from the first to the third year, the selection of works presented reflects the transdisciplinary approach of the programme, where tapestry meets painting in dialogue with more performative pieces or digitally printed and cut aluminium sculptures. Students Patricia Araujo Roxanne Christinet Alexis Colin Oriane Emery Salomé Engel Maria Esteves Albertine Grbic Clément Grimm Laura Hagmann Mathilde Hansen Mariana Isler Charlie Jannes Anna Kawahara Nolan Lucidi Ella Minton Romane Roy Lou-Anna Ulloa del Rio Flavio Visalli Florentina Walser Opening hours Thursday 3 March: 12 - 7pm Friday 4 March: 12 - 8pm Saturday 5 March: 12 - 8pm Sunday 6 March: 12 - 7pm Palexpo Rte François-Peyrot 30 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex https://palexpo.ch/

Workshop Attila Faravelli

FINE ARTS

Workshop Attila Faravelli

Workshop

Workshop Cheryl Donegan

FINE ARTS

Workshop Cheryl Donegan

Workshop

Workshop with Lydia Lunch

FINE ARTS

Workshop with Lydia Lunch

Workshop

Workshop John M. Armleder

FINE ARTS

Workshop John M. Armleder

Workshop with John M. Armleder

Workshop Gabriele Garavaglia

FINE ARTS

Workshop Gabriele Garavaglia

Workshop with Gabriele Garavaglia

Workshop Dorota Gawęda & Eglė Kulbokaitė

FINE ARTS

Workshop Dorota Gawęda & Eglė Kulbokaitė

Workshop

Workshop Lionel Ruffel

FINE ARTS

Workshop Lionel Ruffel

Workshop

Workshop Lydia Lunch

FINE ARTS

Workshop Lydia Lunch

Workshop

Workshop Mario de Vega - MID+AV

FINE ARTS

Workshop Mario de Vega - MID+AV

Workshop

Workshop Marie Matusz

FINE ARTS

Workshop Marie Matusz

Workshop

Workshop Rochelle Feinstein

FINE ARTS

Workshop Rochelle Feinstein

Workshop

Diploma Projects

Adèle Anstett – Too Old for the Playground, Where Should We Hang ?

FINE ARTS

Adèle Anstett – Too Old for the Playground, Where Should We Hang ?

Diploma project by Adèle Anstett

“Only a few of us, amid the great fabrications of society, hang on to our really childish reactions, still wonder naively what we are doing on the earth and what sort of joke is being played on us. We want to decipher skies and paintings, go behind these starry backgrounds or these painted canvases and, like kids trying to find a gap in a fence, try to look through the cracks in the world.” — Bataille, G. (1949). The Cruel Practice of Art Featuring transverse and hybrid spaces, closed and open, which bear witness to a process of construction of oneself and of the group by the appropriation of these spaces and their transformation, thanks to the childish character of each one. Twisting things, commuting rigid structures through use and escapig determinism with a certain lightness.

Luana Cardinaux – Sans titre

FINE ARTS

Luana Cardinaux – Sans titre

Diploma project by Luana Cardinaux

The particular circumstances of the health crisis during the last year-and-a-half of my studies led me to focus my research on concepts of home and the household – the self and the home. An imaginary environment emerged from these notions and through my personal experiences and references with imagery depicting a troubled, childhood-inspired world. The mixing of different techniques allows for both the readability and the loss of messages.

Sofia Fresey Angelopoulou – Écru Tu Nekru

FINE ARTS

Sofia Fresey Angelopoulou – Écru Tu Nekru

Diploma project by Sofia Fresey Angelopoulou

It fits me perfectly It was definitely made for me Nymph of the flow Springs and streams Yet invariably bound to places Distant from humans And close to navigators It is static It does not move for hours or days So sure it will be there forever One day it disappears Until it resurfaces again It arises from thick, fleshy, creeping underwater stems that are buried in the soil

Laetitia Khiara – Projette l’altitude, traduis la pesanteur, répète en corps

FINE ARTS

Laetitia Khiara – Projette l’altitude, traduis la pesanteur, répète en corps

Diploma project by Laetitia Khiara

Avance en corps, au-delà et en dehors

Simon Colliard – Bleu Lotus EP

FINE ARTS

Simon Colliard – Bleu Lotus EP

Diploma project by Simon Colliard

4 Chiffres - 164 seconds - 134 Bpm - 88 Bars Blue Light - 132 seconds - 98 Bpm - 52 Bars Gris Mauve - 158 seconds - 135 Bpm - 88 Bars Summer Hit - 160 seconds - 160 Bpm - 108 Bars PRNFS - 217 seconds - 84 Bpm - 76 Bars Rêve - 180 seconds - 115 Bpm - 88 Bars Argent - 175 seconds - 85 Bpm - 63 Bars 1 syllable = 1 line is a translation of seven songs into paintings.

Louis Loup Collet – Heavy Snow

FINE ARTS

Louis Loup Collet – Heavy Snow

Diploma project by Louis Loup Collet

Our words are sometimes much better at saying who we are than we are at saying them. Word by word, they open up, and as they open, they silently turn to poetry. Words written with shadows, slowly, the light will erase them. But the poetry will remain.

Lydia Liu – No, No... No One's Home (Oh, non. Y'a personne)

FINE ARTS

Lydia Liu – No, No... No One's Home (Oh, non. Y'a personne)

Diploma project by Lydia Liu

Sam is the main protagonist of the video game Death Stranding . He is a delivery man in an apocalyptic world. I drove Sam into the snowy mountain and under a shelter, I put him to sleep. Sam occasionally mutters in his sleep. “Just a little longer...”. Sometimes he breathes heavily. Sam is still sleeping, but BB wakes up often. A thunderstorm is rumbling in the distance... Elsewhere, a ladder has begun to deteriorate. Something is happening, but not much, just like in a fishbowl.

Clément Pic – That's a Wrap!

FINE ARTS

Clément Pic – That's a Wrap!

Diploma project by Clément Pic

Mention Très bien In French, the accountant (comptable) and the story-teller (conteur) share the same etymological root. Through a shift in meaning, the accountant becomes the story-teller. Two sentences strike the time: - “Il est l’heure du bilan” (It’s time to take stock). - “Objectifs non atteints” (Objectives not met).

Mara Meier – frontiere:ferienort

FINE ARTS

Mara Meier – frontiere:ferienort

Diploma project by Mara Meier

Mention Excellent Prix du Risque points of contact which divide traces of steps without drawing lines digging a tunnel through the fog of the night echoing the repeated pulses of a turning light

Grégoire-Cesare Marcel – Vaudeville à Hertfordshire

FINE ARTS

Grégoire-Cesare Marcel – Vaudeville à Hertfordshire

Diploma project by Grégoire-Cesare Marcel

When a news item arises, when it involves very strong impulses, when it reveals something about our society, the media take hold of it. I see information as material to analyse and decipher in order to highlight the different realities it generates. The media flow acts like a machine, an accelerator of stories.

Lara Marino – Brain Scan

FINE ARTS

Lara Marino – Brain Scan

Diploma project by Lara Marino

Mention Bien Prix Ernest Manganel This is a retrospective of my work, a deeper visualisation of my dissertation and an extension of my research. Through the metaphor of a brain forest where several works, characters, spaces and objects take place and coexist. The body is also integrated as a form of landscape. An ecosystem filled with information where the work reveals its creation. Through the fascination of bodily evolution and decay, we discover figurative and chimerical pictorial environments that explore the relationship between the imaginary and maternal bonds. In the words of Romain Gary in his book Promise at Dawn : “With maternal love, life makes you a promise at dawn that it never keeps.”

Eliot Möwes – Flat

FINE ARTS

Eliot Möwes – Flat

Diploma project by Eliot Möwes

A cone and a cylinder serving as a structure for the painting.

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

Drawing and editing I
6 ECTS
  • DiverseDrawing

  • Multiples

Theory, research and implementation I
6 ECTS
  • History of productions

  • No Sound: Sound Reflection

  • Feminisms

Media Technology I
12 ECTS
  • Painting?

  • Presto digiti

  • Rational Amusement

  • Rec/Play image

     

Projects I
6 ECTS
  • Special week
  • Display and motivations
Drawing and editing II
6 ECTS
  • DiverseDrawing

  • Multiples

Theory, research and implementation II
6 ECTS
  • History of productions
  • No Sound: Sound Reflection
  • Feminisms
Media Technology II
12 ECTS
  • Painting?

  • Presto digiti

  • Rational Amusement

  • Rec/Play image

     

Projects II
6 ECTS
  • Special week
  • Display and motivations
Specific Courses I
4 ECTS
  • Sound

  • Rec/Play

Theory, research and implementation III
6 ECTS
  • History and theory of art
  • Theory and practice of contemporary art
  • History of contemporary ideas
Critical Courses I
4 ECTS
  • Facts and figures
  • Kleptomaniac translations
Art-definition I
8 ECTS
Art-creation I
8 ECTS
  • Special week
  • Personal project
Specific Courses II
4 ECTS
  • Sound

  • Rec/Play

Theory, research and implementation IV
6 ECTS
  • History and theory of art
  • Theory and practice of contemporary art
  • History of contemporary ideas
Critical Courses II
4 ECTS
  • Facts and figures
  • Kleptomaniac translations
Art-definition II
8 ECTS
Art-creation II
8 ECTS
  • Special week
  • Personal project
Theory, research and implementation V
6 ECTS
  • History and theory of art
  • Theory and practice of contemporary art
  • History of contemporary ideas

 

Art-definition III
12 ECTS
  • Personal project
  • Special week
  • Building a fire/exhibition practice I
Art-creation III
12 ECTS
Theory, research and implementation VI
8 ECTS
Art-definition IV
8 ECTS
  • Personal project
  • Building a fire/exhibition practice II
Bachelor project
14 ECTS
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Alumni

Alfredo Aceto
Gina Proenza
Kelly Tissot
Career Opportunities

Visual artist, Art critic, Curator, Art director, Teacher, Cultural mediator, Performer, Stage manager, Exhibition designer, Video artist…

Other alumni

Valentin Carron, Claudia Comte, Sylvain Croci-Torti, Stéphane Dafflon, Philippe Decrauzat, Natacha Donzé, Cyprien Gaillard, Frédéric Gabioud, David Hominal, Gilles Furtwängler, Mélodie Mousset, Simon Paccaud, Gina Proenza, Jeanne-Salomé Rochat, Denis Savary, Baker Wardlaw, Shirin Yousefi…

Staff

Head of department

Stéphane Kropf

Coordination

Assistants
Charly Mirambeau
Romane De Watewille

Printing workshop
François Kohler

Lithography workshop
Simon Paccaud

Silk-screen workshop
Sylvain Croci-Torti 

Professors

Francis Baudevin 
Geoffrey Cottenceau 
Stéphane Dafflon 
Philippe Decrauzat 
Federico Nicolao 
Karim Noureldin 
Tatiana Rihs
Denis Savary
Thibault Walter

Lecturers

Philippe Azoury
Tina Braegger 
Emanuele Coccia 
Dimitri De Preux 
Gallien Déjean 
Patricia Falguières 
Tristan Garcia
Miriam Laura Leonardi 
Gina Proenza 
Stéphanie Serra
Zoe Stillpass

Visiting Lecturers

John M Armleder 
Erica Baum
Carlos Casas 
Delphine Coindet 
Rochelle Feinstein 
Ryan Foerster 
Gabriele Garavaglia 
Dorota Gaweda 
Maxime Graf 
Fiammetta Griccioli 
Wade Guyton 
Charlotte Herzig 
Marie­Caroline Hominal 
Eglè Kulbokaité 
Bernhard Leitner 
Lydia Lunch
Helen Marten
Shana Moulton
Hans­-Walter Müller 
Kaspar Müller
Olaf Nicolai
Precious Okoyomon 
Virginia Overton 
Lionel Ruffel
Thomas Tilly
Achraf Touloub
John Tremblay 
Hannah Weinberger