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 :

  • 14.03.18

    14.03 - 25.03.2018

    Programme Commun 2018

    Manufacture takes part in Programme Commun, hosting Simone Aughterlony, Rodrigo Garcia and Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protocole)

  • 19.03.18

    19.03 - 29.03.2018

    Atelier pro: Auto-fiction / être auteur interprète de sa propre histoire

    par Jonathan Capdevielle, metteur en scène, comédien, marionnettiste, ventriloque et danseur.
    En partenariat avec l’Arsenic, dans le cadre du festival Programme Commun.

    - Dates: du lundi 19 au jeudi 29 mars 2018 (relâche le 25 mars 2018) / 60 heures

  • 21.03.18

    21.03 - 23.03.2018

    Public presentation of the solos, Bachelor Dance - promo D

    The students of Bachelor in Contemporary Dance - promo D - will present their solos of 1st year in public, on 21 and 22 March 2018

  • 26.03.18

    26.03 - 28.03.2018

    Graduation Solos - promo I

    The students of the Bachelor Theatre - Class I - present their solos in public, on 26, 27 and 28 March 2018.

  • 07.03.18

    07.03 - 08.03.2018

    HEP - L’écriture dramatique comme écriture de l’oralité

    Journée de formation HEP-VAUD pour enseignants
    animée par Noëlle Renaude, auteure et enseignante régulière à la Manufacture
    Mercredi 7 et jeudi 8 mars 2018 / 14 heures
    Horaire : 9h - 12h30 / 14h - 17h30

  • 28.02.18

    28.02 - 01.03.2018

    Promo-B, Bachelor Dance Works

    The students of promo B will present their Bachelors works in contemporary dance, as duet or solo, on Wednesday 28 February and Thursday 1st March 2018. ** FULL **

  • 27.02.18

    27.02 - 06.03.2018

    Public speaking workshop

    Public speaking workshop Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28 February and Tuesday 6 March 2018
    Coach: Alain Borek
    Registration deadline: 6 February 2018

  • 25.01.18


    HEP - Interventions artistiques hors scène

    Journée de formation HEP-VAUD pour enseignants
    animée par Claire de Ribaupierre
    Jeudi 25 janvier 2018, de 9h à 12h30, 14h à 17h30 / 7 heures