Keep searching, the foundation stone of our teaching.

Part school, part laboratory, the University of Performing Arts of Western Switzerland (HETSR), or Manufacture, provides young artists with a space for creativity and experimentation, enabling them to acquire and develop the fundamentals of their craft while exploring the theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary artistic endeavour.

By bringing together under one roof courses in drama and dance, the Manufacture provides a higher education context in the field of theatre arts that is unique in French-speaking Europe. The transmission of basic knowledge and skills goes hand in hand with learning about creativity and independence thanks to modular courses consisting of lessons, seminars, and practical and experimental workshops run by internationally renowned professionals.

Through its demands and its realistic approach to the creative and performing arts, the Manufacture allows its graduates – actors, dancers, directors - to become in their turn active professionals, making their mark on the contemporary stage and guiding its evolution.

HES-SO University

An HES-SO University

The Manufacture is integrated within the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO) which includes 28 universities and more than 19,000 students enrolled on 67 study programmes. It is financed by cantonal and federal contributions.

This status allows the Manufacture not only to award fully accredited Bachelor and Master degrees recognised in the Bologna system, but also to conduct research projects and offer continuing education courses in its specialist field of performing arts. It also actively encourages equality of opportunity and integration in the workplace.


Courses offer

The Manufacture offers at the moment three higher education courses :

  • 01.09.17

    01.09.2017 - 31.03.2019

    CAS in Theatre education and outreach - 6th edition

    September 2017 - March 2019
    It is not too late to apply, there is still one place ! Send us your application form by mail (The office is currently closed, you will get an answer from the 21th August)

  • 07.09.17

    07.09 - 10.09.2017

    Festival Out 4

    The Festival Out 4 presents six perfomances directed by the students in Master in Theater

  • 07.09.17


    Talking to the media workshop

    Thursday 7 September 2017
    Workshop led by the journalist Nathalie Randin
    Registration deadline : 21 August 2017

  • 21.09.17

    21.09 - 12.10.2017

    Public speaking workshop

    Public speaking workshop Thursday 21, Friday 22 September and Thursday 12 October 2017
    Coach: Baptiste Coustenoble
    Registration deadline: 31 August 2017

  • 16.06.17

    16.06 - 22.06.2017

    Presentation of the graduation works - Bachelor in Contemporary Dance

    LAST DAYS ! 4 & 5 July at the ADC - Genève

    Choreographies by Deborah Hay & Alejandro Ahmed

  • 09.06.17

    09.06 - 10.06.2017

    Performance Bachelor Dance - promo B & C

    The students of Bachelor in Contemporary Dance - promotions B & C at the ADC - Geneva : creations by Jeremy Nelson & Ioannis Mandafounis

  • 22.05.17

    22.05 - 02.06.2017

    Pro Workshop Laurent Valdès

    10 day workshop "Video, a tool for stage writing" by Laurent Valdès, artist and video maker, with the collaboration of Marie Fourquet and Julie Gilbert.

    Registration deadline : 28 April 2017

  • 20.05.17


    "Cabaret" at Forum Meyrin

    Performance by Tiago Rodrigues with the students of promotion I, Bachelor in Theater, at Forum Meyrin