Multimedia Designer (CFC)

Title: Multimedia Designer (CFC), SERI-certified
Option: Artistic baccalaureate

The Multimedia Designer (CFC) course falls under the professional scope of digital visual communication. It is assignment-based; i.e., designing and producing multimedia communication projects, based on specific assignments, for advertising, informational, institutional, cultural, educational or entertainment purposes.

Multimedia designers work with digital technologies, using applications from the world of graphics, images, audio-visual, graphical animation, video and 3D, software and languages enabling interactivity. Their skills are focused on creating images and messages through communication means that include the Internet, data media, interactive interfaces, screens or projected images. With the breadth and depth of knowledge acquired, designers are able to work with a wide range of multimedia communication tools, enabling them to meet the requirements of any given order or assignment.

The Multimedia Designer (CFC) course is a four-year, full-time course in a vocational school, leading to a CFC qualification (three years for students with a professional baccalaureate or equivalent). It includes a one-year internship in the final year. Classes are focused on the practical aspect, consisting of workshop-based teaching methods employed while working on concrete projects. The teacher-student dialogue is focused on professional practice. This is why the majority of the school’s teachers are active professionals in the visual communication and multimedia field.

Admissions 2014 information
for applicants
Enrolment for 2014-2015

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of compulsory schooling; end-of-schooling certificate required for the four-year course
  • Baccalaureate or equivalent required for the three-year course
  • Passing grade on entrance exam, comprising:
    Presentation of an application
    Interview with a jury
    Skills test

Qualifications

  • Creativity, aesthetics, artistic and graphic sensitivity
  • Interest in problem-solving, designing, developing and communicating
  • Sense of logic and general understanding
  • Good general and cultural knowledge
  • Interest in and understanding of computer tools
  • Autonomous, interdisciplinary, adaptable

Fields of Study

  • Visual: drawing, sketching, colour, graphics, typography, computer graphics, photography, ergonomics, video
  • Theoretical: art and culture, contemporary art, semiology, media and communication
  • Development: Internet languages, imperative programming, Flash, CMS, 2D and 3D animation, video, filming, editing, After Effects, sound, DVD
  • Goal: case studies, projects, multimedia productions
  • Internships: in the final year of the course, in a company and at school

Professional Prospects

Communication, graphics, multimedia agencies

Internet, interface design, website production, rich Internet application (RIA) creation

Publishing, marketing, advertising

Media, press, TV

Games, edutainment sector, culture and arts

Independent activity

Higher Education

School of applied arts (HEAA) or university (HES) specialised in visual communication (baccalaureate compulsory)

Swiss certificates and diplomas

Private courses organised by companies in multimedia or in software design

FAQ

What is a CFC?
The federal certificate of proficiency (CFC or Certificat Fédéral de Capacité) is the diploma obtained after initial vocational training. It certifies that the bearer is a qualified professional in the trade or profession associated with it; e.g., Multimedia Designer (CFC).

Can I sign up for the visual communication course and the multimedia design course?
It is possible to sign up for two courses. Processing timeframes for admissions are spread out so that requests can be processed in batches, thereby enabling “staggered” registration.

Do you offer a bachelor’s degree course?
The range of courses offered by eikonEMF is restricted to initial vocational training (upper secondary level). We do not offer any bachelor’s or higher-level degree courses.

I have already studied this subject...
Please contact us to analyse your situation. If you already have an upper-secondary-level education, you may be able to shorten the course to three years.

Do you provide any lifelong training courses?
Currently, we do not offer any lifelong training courses in the “art and communication” field.

I would like to submit a project to you ...
Please contact us as soon as possible. We will review your project with you, and if it meets the objectives set for placements by our professional training organisation, eikonPRO, we may be able to offer you a proposal for collaboration.

The Future of the Course

The vast, constantly changing multimedia field is both general and highly specialised at once. This is why eikonEMF offers school-internship opportunities by developing projects within a professional structure called eikonPRO while monitoring technological and artistic growth within specific areas covered by eikonEMF including graphics and graphical animation, video and effects, interactivity and new media. Internships are offered in the final year of the course by the eikonPRO team, consisting of a manager and teachers who currently work in relevant fields and professions.