Bachelor Photography

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.

Head Visual Communication
Vincent Jacquier

Head Photography
Milo Keller

Anoush Abrar
Laurence Bonvin, Berlin
Milo Keller
Natacha Lesueur, Paris
Marco Poloni, Berlin

Multidisciplinary fields professors
Luc Andrié
Alain Bellet
Angelo Benedetto
Claus Gunti, Berne
Vincent Jacquier
Violène Pont
François Rappo
Pauline Saglio
Anouk Schneider
Joël Vacheron, Londres

Sébastien Agnetti
Séverine Barde
Sami Benhadj
Angelo Cirimele, Paris
Anne Dressen, Berlin
Matthieu Gafsou
Nicolas Haeni
Nathalie Herschdorfer
Philippe Jarrigeon, Paris
Christian Joschke, Lyon
Cyrille Piguet
Pierre Ponant, Paris
Paolo Roversi, Paris
Lionel Tardy
Lukas Wassmann, Zurich

Visiting lecturers
Viktoria Binschtok, Berlin
Olaf Breuning, New York
Adam Broomberg, Londres
Stefan Burger, Zurich
Pierre Debusschere, Bruxelles
Brice Dellsperger, Paris
Ruth Erdt, Zurich
Jason Evans, Londres
Erwan Frotin, Paris
Julien Gallico, Paris
Yann Gross
Michel Guerrin, Paris
Ren Hang, Bejing
Pieter Hugo, Le Cap
Ina Jang, New York
Erik Kessels, Amsterdam
Nicolas Krebs (Tonk), Berlin
Thomas Mailaender, Paris
Michel Mallard, Paris
Théo Mercier, Paris
Talyo Onorato (Tonk), Berlin
Harri Peccinotti, Paris
Christian Patterson, New York
Walter Pfeiffer, Zürich
Augustin Rebetez
Maya Rochat
Daniel Sannwald, Londres
Joachim Schmid, Berlin
Jürgen Teller, London 
Mirjam Wirz, Zurich

Jacques-Aurélien Brun
Gianni Camporota
Quentin Lacombe
Clément Lambelet

Admission requirements

6 semesters

Yearly fees
CHF 1925. –

180 ECTS

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

Choli Cholie ECAL/Alexandre Haefeli 11297

Choli Cholie ECAL/Alexandre Haefeli

Diploma Project 2015 Technological Exaptation ECAL/Maxime Guyon 11285

Diploma Project 2015

Technological Exaptation ECAL/Maxime Guyon

Diploma Project 2015 A Geological Index of the Landscape ECAL/Benoit Jeannet 11291

Diploma Project 2015

  • A Geological Index of the Landscape ECAL/Benoit Jeannet

Diploma Project 2015 After Anna ECAL/Jacques-Aurélien Brun 11288

Diploma Project 2015

After Anna ECAL/Jacques-Aurélien Brun

The Embarrassment Show  Hall Kudelski ECAL/Jean-Vincent Simonet 11304

The Embarrassment Show 

Hall Kudelski ECAL/Jean-Vincent Simonet

Diploma Project 2014 Maldoror ECAL/Jean-Vincent Simonet 11284

Diploma Project 2014

Maldoror ECAL/Jean-Vincent Simonet

There are no homosexuals in Iran Laurence Rasti 2605

Diploma project 2014

There are no homosexuals in Iran ECAL/Laurence Rasti

1020 Renens Julien Roux 2607

1020 Renens

ECAL/Julien Roux

1020 Renens Alexandre Haefeli 2608

1020 Renens

ECAL/Alexandre Haefeli