HEAD, Haute Ecole d\'art et de design de Genève (Geneva University of Art and Design)

mission statement

Based on the reunion in 2006 of two centenary institutions, HEAD is at the crossroad of two vast domains: art and design. HEAD’s project aims at fostering a constant and balanced dialogue between both areas. To do so, HEAD offers a large variety of studies in a number of fields. Reflecting the diversity of contemporary culture HEAD allows each study area to develop its own specificities and invites to constructive dialogues. This respect of plurality and a stimulating attitude toward cross fertilization of creative practices is at the core of our project balancing creative utopias and professional realities.

international role

HEAD has signed over 100 bilateral agreements in order to encourage student mobility and is an active member of several international networks (CILECT, AIAS, ELIA, etc.). The participation of students and faculties in international workshops and seminars is actively encouraged. Our academy has been instrumental in launching several international projects such as the upcoming colloquium AC/DC. HEAD cooperates on a regular basis with the numerous international institutions and NGO’s based in Geneva.

national role

In art and design, HEAD is the largest educational body in the French speaking part of Switzerland. It operates a number of classes, workshops, lectures with partnering institutions such as the EPFL in Lausanne or the University in Geneva (e.g. Faculty of humanities, architecture, etc.). HEAD also cooperates with numerous cultural institutions on a regular basis, co-producing exhibitions, publications and research programs. Furthermore, professional projects developed for businesses and economic partners are embedded in our study programs

main focus

BA and MA studies as well as research activities in the fields of design and visual arts

faculties and departments

Fashion design/jewellery design Interior Design Visual Communication Visual arts Cinema

bachelor level programs

BA Industrial and product design ( Fashion, jewellery) BA Interior design BA Visual communication BA Visual arts Duration od studies : 3 years

master level programs

MA Cinema Several 2 years long MA are in preparation in various fields MA studies will start in 2008

research activity and main areas

Design : HEAD research activities are structured around two institutes IDIN (digital interactivity) and IDCE ( body and space). Examples of research programs : the forms of interactivity, the work place, fashion design process, sustainable design, design and museography,... Visual arts : \"Possible worlds\"

doctorate level programs

None. In preparation

subject areas for exchange students

Fashion design, jewellery design Interior design Visual communication Media design Visual arts

application deadlines

May 15th for the Winter Semester November 15th for the Summer Semester

teaching languages

French

semester dates

Mid Sept. - Mid Feb. : Winter Semester Mid Feb. - Mid July : Summer Semester

cost of living per month (studying and living)

CHF 2000
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