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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.
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.