Master Type Design

ECAL is introducing a new master’s degree in Type Design as from the 2016 academic year. Unique in Switzerland, this two-year programme gives graduate students with a Bachelor in Graphic Design an opportunity to develop projects in the long term. This training provides privileged access to one of the flagship disciplines in Swiss graphic design, relying on ECAL’s expertise in this field as the first Swiss school to have integrated digital typography as part of its curriculum.

With the support of renowned professionals and academics, students explore fields ranging from corporate typography to experimental research, focusing on creativity. They work on techniques specific to typeface design (calligraphy, work on curves, construction, digital drawing), including in the field of non-Latin fonts. They acquire and develop a sharp and thoughtful eye, technical and methodological skills and an ability to produce quality digital fonts with efficiency and rigour (mastering, scripting) as part of courses and workshops where their projects are assessed and commented by experts invited for conferences and individual interviews. Finally, they attend lectures and research sessions around concepts ranging from the prospective to the historical, including aesthetic and legal aspects, which are given concrete form through dissertations, online or paper publications and even exhibitions.

The skills and projects developed throughout the curriculum serve to produce a portfolio that meets the highest standards. At the end of their curriculum, having acquired a solid typographical culture, students will have the  opportunity to apply their skills either as part of a company or in a self-employed capacity.


Matthieu Cortat, Lyon

Matthieu Cortat, Lyon
Claus Gunti
Anniina Koivu, Bâle
François Rappo
Joël Vacheron, Londres

Roland Früh, St-Gall
Marie Lusa, Zurich
Bruno Maag, Londres
Kai Bernau, La Haye
Atilla Korap, Francfort
Linda Hintz, Berlin

Visiting Lecturers
Paul Barnes, Londres
David Bennewith, Amsterdam
Peter Bil’ak, La Haye
Laurenz Brunner, Berlin
Edwin Pickstone, Glasgow
Gilles Gavillet
Roger Gorrindo, Lyon
Alice Savoie, Lyon

Leonardo Azzolini
Simon Mager

ECAL/Leonardo Azzolini

ECAL/Kevin Pedron

Magazine «Cité Radieuse»

ECAL/Simon Mager

ECAL/Daniel Aires de Sena

«Types We Can Make» exhibition