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 Orléans, is a Public School of Art and Design 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 first 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. Those who want to enroll as degree-seeking students will have to follow a different application procedure.

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 by ESAD Orléans.
A Design course in English is also offered every autumn term for international students.

In addition, the French Institute of University of Orléans offers French classes at all levels for exchange students. The semester course costs only 65€ per student.
Courses start on Monday 30 September (placement test on 17, 19, 23 and 24 September) and end on Friday 13 December. Students are divided into 4 levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Superior. Each student can take 1 written French course and/or 1 oral French course. Classes take place in the evening from 5pm.
To register, fill in the form and contact


Deadlines for the upcoming academic year 2019-2020:

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


First Semester: 19 September 2019 to 31 January 2020
Second Semester: 10 February 2020 to 12 June 2020

Autumn Holidays: from 26 October 2019 to 3 November 2019
Christmas Holidays: from 21 December 2019 to 5 January 2020
Winter Holidays: from 15 February 2020 to 23 February 2020
International Week: from 6 April 2020 to 10 April 2020
Easter Holidays: from 11 April 2020 to 26 April 2020
Open Days: 7 and 8 February 2020
Degrees show: 2 July 2020

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:

  • ÉSAD application form completed and signed by your Institution
  • CV
  • Portfolio (PDF)
  • Passport photo
  • Copy of your passport/ID

The application package must be sent to:

A bientôt !