ÉSAD Orléans École Supérieure d'Art et de Design d'Orléans

mission statement

The purpose of the ÉSAD 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 ARC's (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, etc.

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 BCI programme (for universities in Quebec), ÉSAD Orleans receives students of various nationalities and sends about 50% of the 4th year students abroad every year. The school also tries and develops teaching staff exchange programmes.

national role

ÉSAD Orléans is member of ANdÉA - National Association of Schools of Art. Opening to the outside world is for us essential and our institution 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 city of Orléans.

• Joint projects with different partners such as SHISEIDO, ANEMF (National association of medical students in France), Centre Images, the FRAC Centre – Fond Régional d'Art Contemporain – Regional Contemporary Art Collection (a collection venue for contemporary architecture), University of Orléans, Polytech'Orléans, etc.

• Close relations (workshops, work placements) with performing art centres such as CDN - Centre Dramatique National d'Orléans, National Theatre Centre and CCN - Centre Chorégraphique National d'Orléans - 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) and in photography.

main focus

Design (BA and MA)

faculties and departments

Product and spatial design department

Visual and graphic design department

bachelor level programs

DNA in Product and Spatial Design (3 years) 

DNA in Visual and Graphic Design (3 years)

master level programs

DNSEP in Product and Spatial Design 

DNSEP in Visual and Graphic Design

(DNSEP is 2 more years after DNA)

subject areas for exchange students

Visual and graphic design department

Product and spatial design department

We give priority to our 4th year students for the outgoing exchange students but 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 or 4th year students.

application deadlines

15 May for the autumn semester

1 November for the spring semester

teaching languages

All courses are taught in French but we offer a design course in English called Responsible Design for all the incoming students during the autumn semester

French language courses are offered at all levels

A two-hour French course is dispensed all year round and validated by 2 ECTS

semester dates

Autumn semester from 15 September to 31 January 

Spring semester from 01 February to 15 June

cost of living per month (studying and living)

School fees: 720€/year (no school fees for incoming students)

Accommodation: about 350€/month for a bedsitter 

Food: about 200€/month

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