School: ÉCAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Undergraduate program: Bachelor of Industrial Design (taught in French only)
Graduate program(s): Master of Product Design, Master of Advanced Studies in Design for Luxury and Craftsmanship
Number of students: 95 (undergraduate), 55 (graduate)
Number of faculty: 25
Notable alumni: BIG-GAME, Michel Charlot, Christophe Guberan, Nicolas Le Moigne
Strengths: Commonly cited among the world’s top 10 art and design schools, ÉCAL boasts celebrated teachers, numerous collaborations with top industry players, a weighty presence in press and social media and 50 exhibitions per year at top-calibre venues such as Salone internazionale del Mobile in Milan.
The overview: A ever-growing heavyweight in the European sphere, this Swiss school continually turns out grads with top-notch portfolios, many of whom quickly launch their own studios. Students participate in project affiliations with like-minded universities of art and design around the world and with top firms such as Alessi, Baccarat, BMW and Cassina. Marketable hard skills are honed in courses centred around specific techniques such as watchmaking and tableware. Graduate courses are taught in English.