Master in Design - Space and Communication

Expanded Design

communication – installation – performance – film – expanded practice – experimental – theoretical – investigative – journalistic – the cinematic – narrative – research – design essay – futures – realities – fictions – social – political – engagement – experience  - visual essay

The Master Space and Communication is a design programme exploring the intersections of space, media and objects. The course’s manifesto is continuously reshaped through the intense dialogue between tutors and students, their final work becoming the ultimate expression of our ongoing investigation into what design can and could be.

Through its open, pluralistic and inquisitive curriculum, the Master Space and Communication attracts an international student body from an array of practices including visual communication, interior design, architecture, product design, art, photography and film. This range of disciplines perfectly places the course towards an expanded understanding of design in which a number of distinctive themes have developed during its ten years of existence. Among these is the investigation of film from a design perspective, and through dedicated projects, workshops, exhibitions and festivals, the MA has established a leading presence in this emerging field. Our students, selected for their rigorous, experimental approach, find in the Master the inspiration and support to successfully develop their practice well beyond the confines of their disciplines. 

If we are to offer a characterization of design, we must do so in terms of its expansionist, protean nature and its continuous extension of its field of operation. (…)The production of consumer goods that was long its territory has been subsumed into an infinitely larger spatial configuration whose reach extends everywhere and to everything. Design by Accident. For a New History of Design. Alexandra Midal 2019

¨Our work is framed in the field of Design despite its main aim is to expand and stretch its borders. We protest, we work on past and present, we are political and we believe design is not about form or function, but a way of understanding and rethinking our current context, and indeed, the medium to produce.¨ The Trojans (Alumni 2019)

The programme offers the unique opportunity to gain experience through a variety of learning modules. The modules of the course are organized so that theory and practice are equally constitutive parts of your education, developing your critical faculties and unique point of view while equipping you with the necessary skills to realize your ambitions.  The MA is a two-year course that culminates with two major pieces of work: the Master Thesis presented as a visual/physical essay and the other the Practice Project that consist on the designing and production of a 1:1 scale spatial project with its inherent variables such as films, objects, media, installation, performance, displays, texts, books, photographs product of the personal investigative process that you developed within the master.

The first year is constituted of a series of individual or collective/group workshops, programme projects, seminares, field trips, run by world-renowned designers, graphic designers, architects, film makers, curators and artists. These workshops will provide you with the necessary experience to build your own skills and tools, create a network of contacts to establish the key themes and subjects that will become the basis for your personal design practice.

In the second year, you will focus in a theory and practice personal project which culminates in a major exhibition. During this process you will work with autonomy and responsibly through an intense dialogue with programme tutors that will support you to become a compelling communicator, able to establish an individual design discourse and spatial project with its inherent variables such as films, objects, media, installation, performance, displays, texts, books, photographs. There is also a great dedication from the course to support the post-documentation of your work with a powerful dossier ready to be published in different mediums. The Master of Arts HES-SO in Design / Space and Communication is currently a 90 ECTS diploma, As of September 2020, it will be a 120 ECTS degree.

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Degree awarded: 
Master of Arts HES-SO in Design, major in Space and Communication

Head of Department


Emma Pflieger

Teaching staff

Invited speakers

James Auger, Jeremie Cerman, Eléonore Challine, Thierry Chancogne, Enrique Corrales, Matali Crasset, François Dumas, Roberto Feo, Conny Freyer, Tristan Kobler, Vinca Kruk & Daniel Van der Velden, Ulrich Lehmann, Oscar L’Hermitte, Malak Mebkhout, Joseph Popper, Sébastien Quequet, David Roux Fouillet, Jana Scholze, Noam Toran, Yarza Twins, Ugly Design, Nick Williamson, Mathias Zieba.

Study plan and detailed courses - in French
As of September 2020, the Master Space and Communication will be a 120 ECTS degree.