Admission to the Bachelor in Industrial Design is done through a competitive examination, which assesses the artistic and creative abilities of the candidates. 

Some candidates entitled to take the competitive exam may feel that their artistic and creative abilities are still insufficiently developed. In this case, the ECAL recommends that they sit the Foundation Year entrance exam.


  • Maturity certificate or Professional Maturity certificate (vocational diploma) or certificate from a recognised three-year school of general education (ECG), each to be accompanied by a General Federal Certificate of Vocational Education (CFC) in the field of desired studies (according to list)
  • Maturity certificate plus at least one year attested vocational activity in the field of studies or a Foundation Year successfully completed at the ECAL (or another recognised higher-education establishment of art and design)
  • Professional Maturity certificate with a General Federal Certificate of Vocational Education (CFC) in a profession unrelated to the field of studies plus at least one year attested vocational activity in the field of studies or a Foundation Year successfully completed at the ECAL (or another recognised higher-education establishment of art and design)
  • Specialized Maturity certificate in art and design (MSAD)
  • equivalent foreign certificate*

* Candidates holding a foreign diploma must submit to ECAL a request for the equivalence of their qualification. Requests (Diploma, transcripts & cv) are sent by email to inscription@ecal.ch until February 18, 2022the latest. The analysis of equivalence being relatively long, requests sent after the above-mentioned date will, consequently, not be processed.

Non French-speaking candidates who have not completed a school education in Switzerland must be able to attest of their proficiency in French. A B2 level of the European Language Portfolio is therefore required.


Candidates who do not hold a professional Maturity certificate or a Maturity certificate paired with a CFC in the field of studies, must imperatively prove of a year of professional experience in the field of intended studies along with their Maturity certificate. 

This one year professional experience can be replaced by succeeding ECAL’s Foundation year or a recognized foundation year preparing to Art and Design HES.  


Online registration until 11 March 2022. The registration will only be considered subject to payment of the non-refundable registration fee of CHF 150.-.

As part of their online registration, the candidates send to ECAL an electronic application (PDF) containing personnal and administrative data.

The administrative file mandatorily contains :

  • a curriculum vitae
  • a copy of passport or identity card
  • a copy of required qualifications (an authentic translation is required for languages other than French, German, Italian, English and Spanish).

The personal file contains :

  • a presentation and motivation letter
  • a portfolio of personal works (or professional samples for the candidates who already have achieved a training in the same field), including a maximum of 15 files/documents and at least one presentation of a 3D project. Movies presentation or other motion pictures are limited to a duration of 3 minutes and are only possible through a Vimeo channel.

After consideration of the electronic applications, a jury will select the candidates for a practical and theoretical test taking place from 21 to 25 March 2022, then for an interview at ECAL scheduled between 29 March and 1 April 2022, during which the candidates can defend their portfolio and the completed assignment. The instructions of the test and the invitation to the interview will be notified by email.


Results are communicated by post during the first half of April.


ECAL’s Administration office (Tél. +41 (0)21.316.99.39 - inscription@ecal.ch) gives any additional information.



ECAL / Raphaël Dutoit