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

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Evaluations 1AV

Studio project

Evaluations 2AV

FINE ARTS

Evaluations 2AV

Studio project

Evaluations 1AV

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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

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Workshop Rochelle Feinstein

Workshop

Diploma Projects

Léonard Vazquez Vila – Do not Seek this Word

FINE ARTS

Léonard Vazquez Vila – Do not Seek this Word

Diploma project by Léonard Vazquez Vila

In order to translate the madness of the procedures, to explain our ability to recognise and expand, we must repeat the explanation that can only succeed. From the same two heads to the same intelligence, the very ability to fear only spells as it goes without examples. The imposition of self to self, where only small changes in learning and repeating must be understood in their true sense: the derisive power to unveil things. The properties of the madman, the freedom of renouncing difference, the guts and the coincidence of the tools of language do their work. Beyond the transparencies of the mind, the discourse of the circle arises. The desire to communicate with others and to read everything like an arbitrary thinking being.

Léna Gelsomino – Castle Luggage

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Léna Gelsomino – Castle Luggage

Diploma project by Léna Gelsomino

Plexiglas, transparent vinyl, rusty chains 1.5m x 2m Castle Luggage presents a jewellery assemblage crafted for imaginary castles. Just as I apply makeup or create props for my performances, my castles contain tales of wonder and horror which leads them to become the narrators of their own story. Tailor-made, these adornments create an interplay and a dialogue between myths and the subject who tells them. This long ornament slides over a transparent scenic installation, from which emerge the drawings of these castles and dreamlike islands, thus revealing this autonomous place of expression, which calls upon our own memory, experience and imagination.

Salomé Engel – La première course

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Salomé Engel – La première course

Diploma project by Salomé Engel

" ‘Don’t waste time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.’ Coco Chanel I would only add: 3, 2, 1, go!"

Flavio Visalli – Forde Mustang

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Flavio Visalli – Forde Mustang

Diploma project by Flavio Visalli

"And if a double-decker bus crashes into us To die by your side is such a heavenly way to die." I was looking at these hills of wheat that reminded me of distant landscapes. Those that the wind outlines during stormy nights. The black anvil is freed from its weight and becomes sensitive to blows. I was thinking about your message, it reminded me of the howling sound of a V12. Carbon fibre, oak and acrylic paint

Emily Orlet – Frontières

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Emily Orlet – Frontières

Diploma project by Emily Orlet

The background of my series is borders and the space created by them, which builds up a relation of proximity or distance. At the same time, I work with usual, everyday materials.

Soren Gunzinger – A Cool View Over the Empire

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Soren Gunzinger – A Cool View Over the Empire

Diploma project by Soren Gunzinger

This installation consists of two videos. The first is an animation set within the project that Adolf Loos thought up for Josephine Baker, about a spider spy who finds herself to be a critic. The second lights up a blind with a short dialogue. The work addresses issues of quotations and voyeurism, as well as comic effects and twists.

Roxane Christinet – Truthfully, I Don’t Know What it Means to Feel Self-confident

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Roxane Christinet – Truthfully, I Don’t Know What it Means to Feel Self-confident

Diploma project by Roxane Christinet

Dissect a plant or a body. Breathable material. Evidence of different liquids.

Maria Esteves – The Fast Moo & The Big Razzle Dazzle

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Maria Esteves – The Fast Moo & The Big Razzle Dazzle

Diploma project by Maria Esteves

"♫ Walk with me through my fanfare It’ll ease your mind Set you fine ♫"

Oriane Emery – Midnight Conversations

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Oriane Emery – Midnight Conversations

Diploma project by Oriane Emery

"I am interested in the physical and mental projections that our minds generate in the space we all share. I create narratives within which I can anchor myself. My paintings represent dreamlike worlds, narratives of emancipation. Organic and in constant gestation, above all, they aim to create ecosystems. My practice is multifaceted. I seek to extract myself from the frame, to underline its limits. Linked to the public, my work explores our relationship with space, both architectural and political. Through performance, I create a climate of tension with the viewers. I seek to soothe as much as to disturb… I don’t have the answer."

Alexis Colin – I wanted to design a desert

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Alexis Colin – I wanted to design a desert

Diploma project by Alexis Colin

"I was working as an interior designer in New York; one morning John Allen called me and said: - I want you to design the desert!"

Line Petitguyot – Stalactite

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Line Petitguyot – Stalactite

Diploma project by Line Petitguyot

My dissertation focuses on reflections about the personification of various elements of nature. The death of my father and the violence I suffered have permeated my work process. These events have been integrated into the development of my work. My graduation project is linked to this emotional heritage. It is reflected in its form by the individuality of the various elements that constitute the installation. The sculptural identity is accompanied by a text dedicated to each body. The stalagmites relate to the beginning as well as the end of a cycle. The movement on the PVC plates obtained by the scraper symbolises this cyclical transition, and the different strata that are visible through the transparency of the material offer a reading like a core sample.

Chloé Geinoz – Metropol

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Chloé Geinoz – Metropol

Diploma project by Chloé Geinoz

"Also known as Devil’s apple or Devil’s turnip, it was said that anyone who pulled a mandrake out of the ground would go mad when they heard its cry. To prevent this, a dog was tied to the plant and then scared off so that it would dig up the plant as it ran away. When a mandrake is pulled out of the ground, it should be placed in a fountain immediately for a day and a night, so that every evil and contrary humour may be expelled from it." Hildegard von Bingen

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