Ecole supérieure d’Art et de Design / School of Higher Education in Art and Design Ecole Supérieure d'Art et de Design d'Orléans, ESAD Orléans

mission statement

The purpose of the ESAD Orleans is to educate and train students who will become creative artists fully integrated into society, also adaptable to employment opportunities. Students are encouraged to become autonomous, to develop their sense of personal commitment and creative potential through studio practice, historical and critical studies, lectures and work placements. Teaching is delivered by members of staff who are all practitioners, whether they are Artists, Architects, Designers, Sociologists, Historians, Philosophers, Scientists. Teaching is mainly studio-based and in year 4,the academic syllabus is based on the “Arcs ": Ateliers de Recherche et de Création ": Workshops in Research and Creation. The students work mainly on self-initiated projects and can explore a personal and experimental approach thanks to a wide range of facilities including wood and metal workshops, model-making, photography, video, multimedia, silkscreen-printing, printmaking, computer graphics, desktop publishing, digital design technologies, CAD/CAM and robotics. The teaching philosophy is to empower students to develop as individuals capable of choosing the future career path which would best suit their interests whether they want to work in freelance or for a Company or even set up their own agency. They can become Interior or Landscape Designers, Exhibition Designers, Furniture Designers, Industrial Designers, Multimedia or Graphic Designers, Illustrators, Art Directors, Film Animators, Video Artists or Photographers.

international role

The contact with other cultures, other looks, other teaching methods or artistic approaches seem essential in a world which is constantly evolving and which therefore demands to be more and more flexible.Thanks to various Student mobility programmes such as Erasmus or the Crepuq (for Universities in Quebec) the ESAD Orleans receives students of various nationalities and sends about 50% of the 4th year students every year. The school also tries and develops teaching staff exchange programmes. The Institute of Visual Arts is a member of ART ACCORD, the association of French Art Schools for the International Relations (president: Josyane FRANC, Art School of St Etienne)

national role

Opening to the outside world is for us essential and the ESAD Orléans takes part in a number of regional, national or international artistic events (exhibitions, conferences, seminars, competitions, festivals, cultural activities). • Participation to various festivals, exhibitions, events initiated by the Municipality • Joint projects with different partners such as SHISEIDO, ANEMF ( National association of medical students in France), Centre Images, the FRAC CENTRE –FOND REGIONAL d’ART CONTEMPORAIN – Regional Contemporary Art Collection (a collection venue for contemporary architecture), Orleans University, Polytech'Orléans, OSEO, NEKOE (interaction design)... • Close relations (workshops, work placements) with Performing Art Centres such as CDN -CENTRE DRAMATIQUE NATIONAL DE LA VILLE D’ORLEANS,National Theatre Centre and CCN- CENTRE CHOREGRAPHIQUE NATIONAL DE LA VILLE D’ORLEANS- National Choregraphy Centre. • Links with cinema (production and distribution Companies) •participation to exhibitions : The Paris Furniture Fair, Pompidou Centre (Charlotte Perriand exhibition), • Festivals : International Garden Festival at Chaumont sur Loire; • Various competitions in poster design ((International Poster and Graphic Arts festival of Chaumont ), in photography

main focus

Design (BA and MA)

faculties and departments

Visual Communication department Three-Dimensional Design department

bachelor level programs

DNAT in Product Design (3 years - short cycle) DNAP in Product Design (3 years - long cycle) DNAT in Graphic Design (3 years - short cycle) DNAP in Communication Design (3 years - long cycle)

master level programs

DNSEP in Spatial Design DNSEP in Product Design DNSEP in Communication Design (DNSEP is 2 more years after the DNAP)

subject areas for exchange students

Spatial Design Product Design Graphic Design - Outgoing exchange students: we give priority to our 4th year students. We occasionally select 2nd year students for specific reasons or when they are extremely motivated and mature. - Incoming exchange students: we think exchanges are more beneficial for students who are doing their 4th year but we accept 2nd, 3rd year 4th or 5th year students.

application deadlines

15 June for the winter semester 15 December for the summer semester

teaching languages

French, occasionally English

semester dates

Winter semester 1.10.-30.01. Summer semester 01.02.-30.06.

cost of living per month (studying and living)

School fees: 496€ per year, Accommodation: about 350€ for a bedsitter + 200€ for food per month (minimum)

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