Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD)

Created in 2006 from the merger of two prestigious schools, the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and the Haute École d’Arts Appliqués, HEAD – Genève draws on a rich cultural and artistic heritage to nurture young creative talent nationally and internationally. Renowned for the quality of its bachelor's and master's degrees in Fine Arts, Cinema, Interior Architecture, Space and Communication, Visual Communication as well as Fashion and Accessory Design, it has established itself as one of the leading schools of art and design in Europe.


Global Exchange School
  • Geneva, Switzerland

Final dates announced on exchange school's website.

Spring Semester

February — July

Fall Semester

September — February

Open to RISD students

Juniors + Seniors. Minimum 3.0+ GPA required.

Eligible RISD Departments
  • Apparel Design
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Architecture
  • Jewelry + Metalsmithing
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture

Fact Sheet
University Website
Exchange Website
HEAD Majors Available for Exchange Students
Workshops Available for Exchange Students
Language Requirement + French Language Class

Academic Credits
Minimum 12 RISD credit equivalency
Instruction Language
  • French

No English instruction

About HEAD


Bachelor's-level and Master's-level coursework is open for Exchange at HEAD. Master's-level coursework is recommended for seniors and grads only.

Bachelor of Arts

  • Fine Arts
  • Cinema
  • Visual Communication
  • Interior Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Product Design/Jewelry and Accessory
  • Chair in Watch Design

Master of Arts

  • Fine Arts – Work.Master / TRANS /CCC
  • Cinema
  • Space and Communication
  • Media Design
  • Fashion and Accessory Design
  • Chair in Watch Design


Although RISD only requires Global Exchange participants to complete the equivalent of 12 RISD credits while on exchange, please note that HEAD requires a higher minimum enrollment of the equivalent of 15 RISD credits (30 ECTS). Refer to HEAD Fact Sheet for more information.


Lectures at HEAD are usually taught in French. Some Master classes are taught in English. Exchange students are expected to have good French skills, intermediate to upper intermediate is advised. An introductory French course is mandatory for non-upper intermediate-level French speakers.

Apply for Global Exchange & AICAD

The entire application process will be completed using an online application portal. Apply the semester before you plan to attend.

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Have questions? The RISD Global team is available to meet for a 1:1 advising session. We can give you more information about your study options, help you figure out which program makes sense for you, and assist you with the application process.

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