From 01.09.2021 to 30.04.2022
Various locations

ECAL is delighted to celebrate its 200th anniversary (1821-2021)!

In 1821, a decree of the Grand Council of the Canton of Vaud formalised the opening of the Ecole cantonale de dessin, housed in Cité-Devant near the Cathedral in Lausanne. Twenty years later, the school integrated the newly built Musée Arlaud, located in the city centre and which also bears the name of the first director of both institutions, Marc-Louis Arlaud. For almost 150 years, the establishment has had many personalities as directors, moved to various locations in the region and had different names, before finally settling on Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne in 1986. Since then, the acronym ECAL has become popular as the reputation of the institution has grown, and it is now considered one of the best art and design schools in the world thanks to the countless successes of its teaching staff, students and alumni.

To mark this 200th anniversary, we are pleased to invite you to a varied programme of activities and events in Switzerland and internationally, highlighting contemporary issues and themes that lie at the core of ECAL’s various disciplines, thus offering a reflection on the contribution of art and design to society.

Programme 2021-2022

Bachelors and Masters
ECAL Diplomas 2021
Exhibition and screening
Espace Arlaud
Cinémathèque suisse

Media & Interaction Design
Fantastic Smartphones
Gallery l'elac
KIKK Festival

Automated Photography
Exhibition, symposium and publication
Espace Commines
Paris Photo

Applied Research and Development
Grand Tour - ECAL at Palazzo Grassi
Conversations and workshops

Fine Arts
Dream House: Sound and Light Environment
La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela and Jung Hee Choi
Gallery l'elac

Graphic Design and Typography
Ecritures du monde
Exhibition and symposium

Forever Students
Broadcasting of films 1992-2022
In partnership with Le Temps

Industrial and Product Design
ECAL Manual of Style
Exhibition and publication
Salone Internazionale del Mobile Milan

Discover the key moments of the history of ECAL and check the complete programme (subject to possible change) as well as all event details on www.ecal.ch

Fonts by MA Type Design students. Graphic design ECAL/Arthur Seguin