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Master Type Design at ECAL University of Art and Design Lausanne

The Master Type Design course at ECAL University of Art and Design Lausanne enables students to develop their graphic design skills into type design, including calligraphy and digital drawing.

School: ECAL University of Art and Design Lausanne
Course: Master Type Design
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Course dates: September 2023 to June 2025
Application deadline: 3 April 2023

The Master Type Design programme offered at ECAL is unique in Switzerland. The two-year programme gives graduate students with a bachelor's in graphic design the opportunity to develop long-term projects.

The training provides privileged access to one of the flagship disciplines in Swiss graphic design, relying on ECAL's expertise in the field as the first Swiss school to have integrated digital typography as part of its curriculum.

With the support of renowned professionals and academics, students explore fields ranging from corporate typography to experimental research focusing on creativity.

Students work on techniques specific to type design, including calligraphy, work on curves, construction and digital drawing.

They work on techniques specific to type design, including calligraphy, work on curves, construction, digital drawing and scripts that typically cannot be read.

Students acquire and develop a sharp and thoughtful eye, technical and methodological skills and an ability to produce quality digital fonts with efficiency and rigour.

Students gain these skills by mastering and scripting through courses and workshops, where their projects are assessed and critiqued by invited experts.

Students attend lectures and research sessions on concepts including the prospective, historical and aesthetic aspects, which are then given concrete form through dissertations, exhibitions and online and paper publications.

The skills and projects developed throughout the curriculum serve to produce a portfolio that meets the highest standards.

At the end of their curriculum, having acquired a solid typographical culture, students will have the opportunity to apply their skills either as part of a company or in a self-employed capacity.

Applications to this course have now closed.

Top image: Neureal diploma project by Laura Zsófia Csocsán in 2022.

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