Master in Design for Luxury and Craftsmanship - ECAL
Level of study: Graduate
Type of program: Master
Switzerland / Lausanne
Other locations: none
Program Description
Program Courses
MAS in Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship

(with the support of Vacheron Constantin) 

Switzerland is a privileged country in terms of know-how in the field of luxury and craftsmanship. Building on this tradition, this Master of Advanced Studies is for the holders of a Bachelor or Master’s degree wishing to further their knowledge in industrial design and investigate sectors of excellence as diverse as fine watch-making, tableware or specific techniques using noble materials.

Through collaborations with prestigious brands (some with century-old heritage) and workshops provided by designers of the international scene, students experiment all production stages: from designing an object to its completion, via 3D rendering models or photography. They also have the benefit of brand identity analyses and conferences delivered by experts in the field, as well as tours of luxury goods manufacturers. Many projects are singled out by partner companies to be produced, exhibited and published in the international press.

After one year at ECAL, the students are able to submit a varied portfolio to the highest professional standards. Highly sought after by international agencies and world-leading companies, they also often have the opportunity of simultaneously establishing their own business. Graduates are frequently offered internship opportunities right at the end of their curriculum?–?often leading to steady employment.

MAS in Design for Luxury and Craftsmanship Study Plan

Semester 1

Code: MASluxury1
Name: Luxury and complexity
ECTS Credits: 6
Luxury and complexity
theoretical reflection on the diversity of the cultural and historical foundations of luxury and its recent democratization; experiences, materials, methods

Code: MASluxury2
Name: Luxury and know-how
ECTS Credits: 10
Luxury and know-how
the role of know-how in the creation of a luxury object; specific skills and techniques
Workshop 1: Traditional know-how
Workshop 2: The artisanal touch in a contemporary context

Code: MASluxury3
Name: Luxury and contemporary culture
ECTS Credits: 14
Luxury and contemporary culture
development of the concept of luxury in the contemporary context and its continual reinterpretation linked to new technologies
Workshop 1: Luxury and technology Workshop 2: Luxury and equipment

Semester 2

Code: MASluxury4
Name: Luxury and concept (portfolio)
ECTS Credits: 8
Luxury and concept (portfolio)
exploration of new expressions of luxury; interaction between the design of objects and the design of concepts, services and environments

Code: MASluxury5
Name: MAS project, practical and theoretical
ECTS Credits: 22

Master of Advanced Studies HES-SO in Design for Luxury and Craftsmanship
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Unique Features
Famous Alumni
Privileged collaborations:
  • Baccarat
  • Christofle
  • de Sede
  • Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie
  • Hermès
  • Maison Francis Kurkdjian
  • Mauviel
  • Rémy Martin
  • Reuge
  • Ruinart
  • Vacheron Constantin

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8175 CHF
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