Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Beaux-Arts

The Ecole des beaux-arts is made up of a vast complex of buildings located between the quai Malaquais and the rue Bonaparte, in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Près, just across from the Louvre museum. Held in the King's tutelage until 1863, an imperial decree of November 13, 1863 named the school's director, who serves for a five year term. Long supervised by the Ministry of Public Instruction, the Ecole des beaux-arts is now a public establishment of an administrative character, supervised by the Ministry of Culture and Communication (Delegation for the Plastic Arts) since October 26, 1984.

Today, the Ensba provides a high level of training over a period of five years, in which the foundations of artistic process are conjoined with the stakes of contemporary art production.
Teaching is diversified and based on working in the studio. Three departments: artistic practices, theories of art, technical workshops allow for efficient organization and flexibility, regular dialogue, and the putting into place of projects. Besides the professors and studio-heads, invited artists contribute to and enlarge the School's... [ Read All ]



14 rue Bonaparte
Phone: 0033(0)147035000
Fax: 0033(0)147035080

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Location and Getting there

M: Saint-Germain des Prés
- : 24 - 27 - 39 - 63 - 70 - 86 - 87 - 95 - 96

Information For  Undergraduates

-The new degree course is for students in their 1 st , 2 nd , 3 rd or 4 th year of study in October 2005;

• -The old degree course applies only to 5 th -year students and up.


The new degree course is divided up into two “cycles”:

• - The 1 st cycle of three years' duration should enable each student to master the fundamental elements of theory and technique and elaborate his or her artistic objectives, culminating in a 1 st -cycle degree.

- The 2 nd cycle of two years' duration, which prepares students to take a DNSAP degree in the visual arts (diplôme national supérieur d'arts plastiques), is enriched by opportunities for international exchange and work placement (internships) during the 4 th year of study and reinforced by a seminar for 5 th -year students.

The new degree course at Ensba, limited to a maximum of six years of study, breaks down as follows:

1 st cycle

2 nd cycle

1 st year
2 nd year
3 rd year
4 th year
5 th year

1 studio credit 1 drawing credit 1 theory credit 1 1 st -yr computer sci. credit
1 st...  [ Read All ]

Information For  Postgraduates

The research programme la Seine is intended for young artists who have completed a diploma of “master” level, or equivalent. Eligible applicants must have been actively involved in pursuing their artistic practice outside of an academic institution for a minimum of one year.

The pedagogy of the program is based on the exchange of knowledge and skills linked to artistic thought, processes, and practice. Along with offering a rich context to work in, the program seeks to provide the professional conditions for the students to best develop their future artistic direction. The program facilitates both the sharing of individual practice and group critical examination.

The program runs for two nine-month periods starting in October and ending in May, with three to six new partipants selected each year.

According to a calendar that will be defined at the beginning of the academic year, many events will be arranged such as:

- meetings with visiting artists, curators, critics, key personalities in contemporary art.

During the last three years, the program la Seine had visitors such as:

Ami Barak, Claude Closky, Al...  [ Read All ]

Information For  International Students


• Maurice Colin-Lefrancq Grants

These Ensba grants are awarded by l'École des Beaux-Arts to 4 th-year students only, to enable them to spend a semester studying at an art school abroad. At present we have arrangements for exchange programmes with the following partner establishments:


Hunter College, New York

Cooper Union, New York

School of Visual Arts, New York

Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles

CalArts, Los Angeles

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena

The San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

School of the Art Institute, Chicago

Columbia College, Chicago

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Institute of Arts & Design, Milwaukee


University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax

Ontario College of Art, Toronto

Université Laval, Quebec


Australian National University , Canberra

Curtin University of Technology, Perth
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How To Apply

Two types of candidates will be considered for admission:
The admission procedure consists of a pre-admission screening procedure and, if passed, the final selection process.
Pre-admission screening: 1 st -year candidates must be over 18 and under 24 years of age on 1 October of the current year.
Each candidate must submit a duly completed application form accompanied by a portfolio containing samples of his or her original creative work. For large-scale or bulky works, candidates are required to submit a truly representative portfolio of photographs (but no slides). Drawings must be originals and videos must be in VHS format.

The final selection process involves three stages:

• A test of drawing skills.

• A test of cultural knowledge and analytical skills, comprising a written essay in which applicants must demonstrate not only their faculties of interpretation and creativity, but also their general knowledge.

• Submission of a portfolio of original works, followed by an interview with the admissions committee, which asks not only about the applicant's work but also about his or her particul...  [ Read All ]

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New students automatically receive registration forms by the beginning of September, which they must complete and return with payment of the registration fee. Continuing students must submit their re-registration cards ( fiches de réinscription ), signed by their studio heads, by the deadlines that have been set by the administration. Provided they meet the requirements for re-registration, they will be issued their re-registration papers by early September. Students may request a leave of absence in case of illness or pregnancy or for professional or personal reasons of a particularly serious nature. Whatever the circumstances, the request must be submitted to the head of the Service de la Vie Scolaire (Student Affairs Service) with adequate supporting documents. The intended duration of leave must be clearly stated and must not exceed one year. Those who fail to comply with these requirements will no longer be deemed registered students.