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 :

  • News


    2017 Auditions : registrations open !

    Manufacture is looking for its next promotions of dancers and stage directors!

    Registration deadline Bachelor in Contemporary Dance : February 8, 2017
    File submission deadline Master in Theatre : March 15, 2017

  • 27.02.17


    HEP - Le matériau Shakespeare à l’épreuve de notre actualité

    Journée de formation HEP-VAUD pour enseignants
    Lundi 27 février / 1 journée / 7 heures
    Horaire : 9h00-12h30 / 14h00-17h30

  • 28.02.17

    28.02 - 01.03.2017

    Public speaking workshop

    Public speaking workshop Tuesday 28 February, Wednesday 1 March and Tuesday 28 March 2017
    Coach: Jean-François Michelet
    Registration deadline: Tuesday 7 February 2017

  • 06.03.17

    06.03 - 07.03.2017

    Public speaking workshop

    Public speaking workshop Monday 6, Tuesday 7 March and Monday 3 April 2017
    Coach: Baptiste Coustenoble
    Fully booked!

  • 24.02.17


    Programme Commun 2017

    Manufacture takes part in Programme Commun, hosting Boris Nikitin and Milo Rau.

  • 14.02.17

    14.02 - 16.02.2017

    Promo-A Bachelor Dance Works

    La première promotion du Bachelor Danse présente ses travaux personnels de Bachelor, créations personnelles, en solo ou en duo.

  • 03.02.17


    Manufacture at Swiss Dance Days

    The Bachelor of Contemporary Dance promotion A presents "Acte co-énoncé, 12 potentialités" from Fabrice Mazliah at the Swiss Dance Days.

  • 02.02.17

    02.02 - 03.02.2017

    Public speaking Workshop

    Public speaking workshop Thursday 2, Friday 3 February and Friday 3 March 2017
    Coach: Anne Schwaller
    Registration deadline: Thursday 12 January 2017