Bachelor in Illustration

Within HEAD’s Visual Communication department, the new BA in Illustration focuses on practices based on images and narration: illustration, graphic novel and animation. Over three years, students acquire traditional and digital tools to develop their approach as authors. They experiment with drawing and image creation techniques in all their forms. They practice their skills in storytelling, scriptwriting or formulating messages. The course encourages students to be curious and critical of the surrounding culture, from fine arts to theatre, film, music, digital arts, literature and video games.

Teaching aims to help students master working methods as well as technical and theoretical skills, develop personal projects in the workshop and provide services to external clients. The particularity of this Bachelor’s degree is that it complements the learning process with graphic design fundamentals, which enable students to adapt their projects to different communication media, such as book publishing and audio-visual or digital productions, and to carry out commissioned work, which will promote successful professional integration. A series of lectures and workshops given by professionals in the field help students develop a personal visual culture while raising their awareness of our contemporary world’s social and artistic issues.

Teaching language : French. See all language requirements

Bachelor's studies at HEAD – Genève are in French.

Candidates whose upper-secondary level qualification has not been issued by a French-speaking institution must, once they have been admitted, submit a B2-level French certificate by 31 August.
Candidates do not have to submit this B2-level French certificate if they hold:

  • an upper-secondary level qualification from a German-speaking Swiss canton or from Ticino that includes French as a subject.
  • a tertiary level A qualification (Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification of at least 180 ECTS credits) in which French is the official language of instruction.

Access to Visual Communication & Illustration intranet
Access to the Film Animation website
Access to Visual Communication Instagram account
See all the projects in Visual Communication

Head of Department

Scientific deputy


Teaching staff

Invited speakers

Bastien Aubry, Marion Bareil, Pascal Bertoud, Baptiste Brunello, Olga Cafiero, Sandra Carrera, Collection Revue, Noémie Degen, Clovis Duran, Christoffer Ellegaard, Matthieu Gafsou, Karen Gliozzo-Schmutz, Eileen Hofer, Juliette Mancini, Martin Maeder, Maximage, Maurane Mazars, Karl Nawrot, Thomas Perrodin, Pierre Schilling, Irène Schoch, Jean-Xavier Renaud, Aurélie William Levaux