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, Lisbonne

Sébastien Agnetti
Séverine Barde
Sami Benhadj
Estelle Blaschke
Angelo Cirimele, Paris
Anne Dressen, Berlin
Matthieu Gafsou
Nicolas Haeni
Nathalie Herschdorfer
Philippe Jarrigeon, Paris
Christian Joschke, Lyon
Jonas Marguet
Cyrille Piguet
Pierre Ponant, Paris
Paolo Roversi, Paris
RVB Books, Paris
Orsola Valenti
Sebastian Vargas

Visiting lecturers
Viktoria Binschtok, Berlin
Lucas Blalock, New York
Olaf Breuning, New York
Adam Broomberg, Londres
Stefan Burger, Zurich
Pierre Debusschere, Bruxelles
Brice Dellsperger, Paris
Marco De Mutiis, Winterthur
Ruth Erdt, Zurich
Jason Evans, Londres
Erwan Frotin, Paris
Julien Gallico, Paris
Yann Gross
Michel Guerrin, Paris
Claus Gunti, Bern
Ren Hang † , Bejing
Pieter Hugo, Le Cap
Ina Jang, New York
Erik Kessels, Amsterdam
Peter Knapp, Paris
Nico Krebs (Tonk), Berlin
Thomas Mailaender, Paris
Michel Mallard, Paris
Mazaccio & Drowilal, Toulouse
Théo Mercier, Paris
Talyo Onorato (Tonk), Berlin
Christian Patterson, New York
Harri Peccinotti, Paris
Antje Peters, Berlin
Walter Pfeiffer, Zürich
Alex Prager, Los Angeles
Peter Puklus, Budapest
Augustin Rebetez
Maya Rochat
Daniel Sannwald, Londres
Joachim Schmid, Berlin
Jürgen Teller, London
Camille Vivier, Paris
Lukas Wassmann, Zurich
Mirjam Wirz, Zurich
Francesco Zanot, Milan

Florian Amoser
Gianni Camporota
Quentin Lacombe
Clément Lambelet
Olivia Schenker

Admission requirements

6 semesters

Yearly fees
CHF 1925. –

180 ECTS

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

Workshop Renate Buser
Workshop with Renate Buser
Workshop Antony Cairns
Workshop with Antony Cairns
Les acteurs de la vigne, exposition d'Elisa Ribeiro
Exhibition by Elisa Ribeiro in collaboration with la Confrérie des Vignerons at the Vevey Images Festival.
L'espace Arlaud exposes the work of the students photographers of the class of Matthieu Gafsou and their look at various religious and spiritual cultures of the canton of Vaud.
I Fall In Love With Everyone
Diploma Project by Nora Smith
Diploma Project by Isabelle Stauffer
Reply to your ad
Diploma Project by Olivia Schenker
Hvala mama
Diploma Project by Ardita Meha
Protogen, Inc.
Diploma Project by Julien Deceroi
Árbenz Arbenz
Diploma Project by Carole Arbenz
Ryokuhi Club
Diploma Project by Remy Ugarte Vallejos
Diploma Project by Margaux Piette
Diploma Project by Emma Panchot
Project Iceworm
Diploma Project by Anastasia Mityukova
Diploma Project by Vincent Levrat
Digital Excavation
Diploma Project by Ivo Fovanna
Turunç (Bitter Orange)
Diploma Project by Solène Gün
Diploma Project by Myriam Bonaglia
May 2018
Diploma Project by Thaddé Comar
Experience Sébeillon
La Société Realstone SA, propriétaire du quartier de Sébeillon à Lausanne, et l’ECAL s’associent dans la réalisation d’un événement artistique hors du commun.
Workshop with Maya Rochat
Workshop 1st year Photography B.A with artist Maya Rochat
Workshop Olivier Cablat
Workshop with Olivier Cablat during the week of Rencontres de la Photographie d'Arles 2018
Workshop Thomas Albdorf
Workshop first year bachelor photography with Thomas Albdorf
Workshop Thierry Mugler
Workshop for the luxury brand Thierry Mugler with Philippe Jarrigeon