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 :

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    Job offer

    The Manufacture is looking for a communication and partnership assistant (60%).
    Deadline for application: 17 October 2017

  • 23.10.17


    Graduation Ceremony

    The official graduation ceremony for students of the Bachelor's degree in Contemporary Dance - promotion A - and in Master Theater, option stage direction, will take place on Monday 23 October at the Manufacture.

  • 25.10.17

    25.10 - 15.11.2017

    Public speaking workshop **FULL**

    Public speaking workshop Wednesday 25, Thursday 26 October and Wednesday 15 November 2017

    Coach: Jean-François Michelet

  • 01.11.17

    01.11.2017 - 30.09.2018

    CAS in Dramaturgy and text performance

    New edition of the CAS in Dramaturgy and text performance
    November 2017 - September 2018
    Applications open until September 25, 2017.

  • 21.09.17

    21.09 - 12.10.2017

    Public speaking workshop **FULL**

    Public speaking workshop Thursday 21, Friday 22 September and Thursday 12 October 2017

    Coach: Baptiste Coustenoble

  • 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 (full)

    Thursday 7 September 2017
    Workshop led by the journalist Nathalie Randin
    !! FULL !!

  • 01.09.17

    01.09 - 17.09.2017

    CAS in Theatre education and outreach - 6th edition

    September 2017 - March 2019