ALUMNI benefits
  • Are you a former graduate student of ECAL – or maybe of ECBA (Ecole cantonale des beaux-arts de Lausanne) – and have happy memories of your time there? 
  • Does ECAL summon up unforgettable memories? 
  • Would you like to get back into contact with fellow students who have dropped out of sight? 
  • Would you like to maintain a link with your former School of Art and Design and follow its progress? 
  • Would you like to support the future generations who are following in your footsteps? 
  • Do you believe that alumni are the best ambassadors for ECAL? 

All ECAL graduates automatically become members of EXECAL and benefit from its services (basic Minimal membership category). It is always possible to pay a membership fee, join one of the other categories and enjoy supplementary benefits.


The benefits received for your membership fees are valid for one year, upon receipt of payment. You can change category when you renew your membership: Login > My profile > Membership categories > Edit > choose the category.


New graduates receive Optimal benefits free of charge during the year after graduation (from July to late June).

Photo : ECAL/Younès Klouche
Membership categories - Alumni

Minimal: free

  • ECAL newsletters via email 
  • Invitation cards to events 
  • Online consultation of PDF Yearbooks
  • Membership of private groups on social networks (Facebook, LinkedIn
  • Online access to the Alumni Directory (use your code to login) 
  • Invitation to the ECAL Book Club and Cinécal 
  • Invitation to EXECAL Meetings 
  • Preferential rates for University Sports Lausanne (category D). See FAQ 16. to register.

Optimal: CHF 50.- per year 

In addition to Minimal category benefits:

  • Access to the Library and Materials Library (advance booking required) 
  • Online access to Jobs & Competitions and Small Ads (with the opportunity to publish your own advertisements)
  • EXECAL Campus smartphone application (available in 2020)
  • 20% reduction on ECAL publications at certain events and online on ecal-shop.ch
  • Guided tours: graduate exhibition + certain exhibitions at the elac Gallery 
  • NEW: Neptun offer (up to 12% discount on IT equipment). See FAQ 4.1.

New graduates receive Optimal benefits free of charge for the year after graduation (from July to late June).


Maximal: CHF 150.- per year

In addition to Optimal category benefits:

  • 1 hard copy of a current year's publication
  • Various reductions on works published by ECAL
  • ECAL Xmas Market: invitation for 2 people to the Christmas dinner 

Phenomenal: CHF 1,000.- (life membership)

Payment of a single individual subscription.

Maximal category benefits.


See also our PDF brochure.

Other benefits and support

Annual membership fees paid by EXECAL members also help support the Association’s activities and events:

  • Production of the ECAL Yearbook (graduate directory) 
  • ECAL Book Club, Cinécal, EXECAL Meetings 
  • EXECAL prize of CHF 1,000 – awarded to two graduate students, (Bachelor’s and Master’s, for excellent final dissertations
  • Various residencies offered to Alumni: Hong Kong Design Institute, SOMA Summer in Mexico, La Becque | Artists’ Residency (La Tour-de-Peilz). 

For further details, see ACTIVITIES


Follow ECAL's activities in Switzerland and abroad at regular (L'ECAL au Capitole, Paris Photo, Milan Design Week, etc.) and one-off public events.

See the programme at www.ecal.ch


Public talks at ECAL Throughout the academic year, ECAL is happy to host leading speakers (Tom Dixon, Nathalie Du Pasquier, April Greiman, Peter Saville, etc.) at its workshops which are also open to the greater public. 

See the programme at www.ecal.ch