Incoming students

To sum up
  • Visual / Graphic design
  • Spatial / Product design
  • Studio based teaching
  • A design course in english
  • Free french courses
  • Buddy system


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ÉSAD at a glance
Fact sheet
Application form
Charte Erasmus

ÉSAD Orléans, is a Public School of Art and Design in Higher Education accredited by the Ministry of Culture. It was founded in 1786.
In the heart of the city, ÉSAD Orleans is only one hour from Paris, and welcomes about 300 students who are educated and trained to become 2- or 3-dimensional designers and graduate in either 3 or 5 years.


The first two years consist of foundation courses in drawing, graphic design, 3D, colour techniques, photo, multimedia, general studies etc. At the end of the 1st year, the students decide about the future direction they want to take in design:

  • Visual / Graphic Design: Illustration, Printmaking, video, animation, Photography, Multimedia, interaction design
  • Spatial / Product Design: spatial design, product design, furniture design, interaction design

Our purpose at ÉSAD Orléans is to educate and train professional designers, who are equally capable of working both autonomously and in teams, with the ability to respond and adapt to the demands of a rapidly changing society. A team of 45 teachers encourage students to find their own routes by merging traditional foundation studies and culture whilst being able to acquire and specialise in the new techniques. Teaching is delivered by members of staff who are all practitioners, whether they are Artists, Architects, Designers, Sociologists, Historians, Philosophers, and 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.

ÉSAD Orleans has student exchange agreements in Europe or outside Europe(ERASMUS+, agreements with partners outside Europe, BCI) . Students interested in studying at ÉSAD Orleans can apply for a semester or a whole year but only if the two Institutions have signed an exchange agreement.

Language Requirement : Most courses are taught in French and the students are expected to be able to communicate in this language. French courses are offered at all levels.
A Design course in English is also offered every autumn term for international students.
Those who want to enroll as degree-seeking students will have to follow a different application procedure


DEADLINES for the upcoming academic year 2018-2019 :

  • May 15th 2018 for the Autumn semester 2018
  • November 1st 2018 for the Spring semester 2019

How to apply ?

First of all you must contact the International Office of your Home Institution. Each partner University has their own selection procedure and you can only submit your application if you have been selected by your Home Institution. Nominations can only be made by the Office of the International Relations of your Home Institution and not by yourself. You must have spent at least one year in your Home Institution.

The nomination has to be sent to : with the name of the student, gender, field, year of studies and the e.mail address of the student.

Then your application must contain:

  • The ÉSAD application form completed and signed by your Institution
  •  A CV
  •  A portfolio (PDF)
  •  1 passport photo

The application package must be sent to :

A bientôt!