HEAD - Geneva

Introduction

Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD – Genève) was formed in 2006 from the merger of two art schools, the Ecole supérieure des beaux-arts and the Haute école d’arts appliqués, both over two hundred years old. Urban and international, it welcomes over 700 students from 40 different countries and offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in fine arts, cinema, spatial design, visual communication, fashion, jewellery and accessory design.

Engaged in an ongoing dialogue with the art scene and the regional economic fabric, HEAD – Genève is constantly evolving and has already established itself as one of the foremost art and design schools in Europe.

HEAD – Genève offers a wide range of Bachelor’s degree courses (fine arts, cinema, interior architecture, visual communication, fashion and accessory design) and Master’s programmes (fine arts, cinema, fashion and accessory design, spaces and communication and media design).

Workshops led by invited international designers, artists and filmmakers contribute to the dynamism of an educational space seen as an area of freedom and of individual and social responsibility. A range of aesthetic practices based on research and experimentation, combined with access to extensive traditional or innovative technical resources, are balanced by theoretical teaching that focuses both on knowledge acquisition and on multidimensional thinking.

Know-how and knowledge are the two cornerstones of our educational approach that rejects dogmatism in favour of a critical understanding of the contemporary world. Attuned to today’s cultural, social and professional environment, the teaching provided at HEAD – Genève fosters close dialogue between staff and students, seen as the real actors in their own creative journey. Students can express themselves during studio projects, classes, seminars and workshops and through commissioned work carried out in partnership with the public and private professional sectors in the fields of art, cinema and design.

HEAD – Genève is part of the HES-SO Geneva (University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Geneva), a key player in the economic, social and cultural fabric of the city. Its six schools offer university-level courses focused on professional practice with a choice of 27 Bachelors and 16 Master’s degree programmes. Its 11 research institutes participate in numerous regional, national and international projects. With a total student population of 5000, it is a member of the HES-SO, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • French

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Programs

This school also offers:

MA

Master of Arts in Design major in Space and Communication

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2019 Switzerland Geneva

The program champions an explorative approach to design where investigation through thinking and making is critical to the development of a designers personal practice and their future professional progress. The MA program content is devised to give students all they require towards developing personal themes and establishing a strong individual design practice. [+]

The program champions an explorative approach to design where investigation through thinking and making is critical to the development of a designers personal practice and their future professional progress. The MA program content is devised to give students all they require towards developing personal themes and establishing a strong individual design practice.

As a student on the MA, you will spend two years in transdisciplinary workshops, working with experimental media and materials, learning a broad range of specialized tools and techniques to create unique innovative experiential environments, situations, interventions.

By the end of year 1, you will have gained the confidence and skills necessary to establish the framework and methods necessary to take a major design project from inception to completion.... [-]


Master of Arts in Fashion and Accessories Design

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2019 Switzerland Geneva

The aim of the programme is to train designers capable of providing new aesthetic impulses, whether running their own clothing, accessory or jewelry brands or as artistic directors of established firms. [+]

The aim of the programme is to train designers capable of providing new aesthetic impulses, whether running their own clothing, accessory or jewelry brands or as artistic directors of established firms.

As of the 2012-2013 academic year, HEAD – Geneva offers a new master’s course in Fashion and Accessory Design, the only one of its kind in Switzerland. The course is aimed at Swiss and foreign students and young professionals working in fashion and accessories (apparel and accessories in the broad sense: jewelry, watches, spectacles, ‘personal equipment’ and so on) or related disciplines.

The course focuses on design projects for the human body connected with the individual’s identity and social status issues, activities and needs, and more general issues of lifestyle and Zeitgeist. It sets out to strengthen designers’ creative skills in appropriating their own language, stylistic vocabulary and world. They must be able to translate these elements into collections and products that respond to contemporary or future social issues and put them to use in various contexts.... [-]


Master of Arts in Media Design

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2019 Switzerland Geneva

Anticipating the challenges of technological, media designers acquire the required methods and tools to design and create projects [+]

Anticipating the challenges of technological, media designers acquire the required methods and tools to design and create projects:

Web designers address issues of content communication on mobile media: social media, geo-location services, electronic publication and interactive narratives. Motion designers explore the new digital image formats in the field of graphic expression, animation techniques, video-projection, coding and interactivity (scripting, motion capture, video mapping). Game designers develop games and new forms of digital entertainment through applications, screens, manmachine interfaces. Interaction designers design prototypes of daily interactive and connected objects, based on a fine understanding of the functional and formal challenges of user experience design. Directed at graduates in Visual Communication, Interactive Design, Game Design and Computer Science, this course opens up a career in media and communication, creative industries and research. Head of Department Alexia Mathieu Assistants Laura Couto Rosado Félicien Goguey Teaching staff Lysianne Lechot Hirt Nicolas Nova Dominic Robson Pierre Rossel Gordan Savicic Camille Bechet-Scherrer Daniel Sciboz Douglas Edric Stanley Invited speakers ... [-]

Master

Master in Fine Arts - CCC

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2019 Switzerland Geneva

The Research-Based Master Program CCC provides a bilingual (English/French) and trans-disciplinary environment for future researchers from any academic background committed to art-led thinking processes. It addresses students interested in developing new vocabularies for articulating the political and social implications of a changing world. Research methodologies, artistic thinking, and public display strategies operate today in profoundly shifting geospatial and techno-political constellations. [+]

The Research-Based Master Program CCC provides a bilingual (English/French) and trans-disciplinary environment for future researchers from any academic background committed to art-led thinking processes. It addresses students interested in developing new vocabularies for articulating the political and social implications of a changing world. Research methodologies, artistic thinking, and public display strategies operate today in profoundly shifting geospatial and techno-political constellations.

Globalisation, migration, computation, and climate are a few of the keywords that point to reordering processes on a planetary scale within contemporary societies. Art-led research processes develop and take place through both practice-led theory and theory-active practice. Accordingly, the Program addresses issues in critical visual cultural production, while also stretching into fields of geospatial politics, visual economics, science, and technology. Research materials from political theory, cultural studies, postcolonial theory, politics of memory, contemporary art, architecture, design, filmmaking, journalism, and philosophy are given the same standing as critical resources from field trips, militant investigations, conceptual experimentation, decolonizing processes, queer projects, and social struggles.... [-]


Master in Fine Arts - TRANS - Art, Education, Engagement

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2019 Switzerland Geneva

TRANS—, a Master's program in Visual Arts at HEAD—Genève, welcomes students who are willing to engage their own art practice in collaborative processes with social and/or educational partners (schools, community houses, health institutions, associations supporting migrant people, etc.), as well as gallery education practices (involve different groups in a critical relationship with art institutions). [+]

TRANS—, a Master's program in Visual Arts at HEAD—Genève, welcomes students who are willing to engage their own art practice in collaborative processes with social and/or educational partners (schools, community houses, health institutions, associations supporting migrant people, etc.), as well as gallery education practices (involve different groups in a critical relationship with art institutions).

The teaching team – coordinated by the artists collective microsillons – and the guest artists, curators, and educators, accompany the students in a reflection on collaborative art production, on the questions of address and reception and on art as a possible tool for institutional or social transformation.... [-]