Ecole Des Beaux-Arts De Rennes

The Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Rennes is an art school that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. It is administered by the City of Rennes and its pedagogical objectives are accredited by the Ministry of Culture.

Courses are given within the framework of three departments: art, communication, and design.
The school’s origins probably date back to the Napoleanic period, as indicated by the 1818 Rennes directory, which lists a drawing, painting, and sculpture course. The school successively occupied the Halle aux Toiles, no longer in existence today (a textile market hall that was located on the west side of the Place de la République), then the west wing of what is today the Hôtel des Postes (the main post office), before moving, in 1911, to 30 Rue Hoche, the former convent of the sisters of the Visitation de Sainte-Marie de Rennes.

In 1990, the school of architecture moved to a new location along the Saint-Martin canal, leaving the École des Beaux-Arts with more room and allowing it to renovate all of the buildings encircling the former cloister. In 1997, with artistic pr... [ Read All ]



34, rue Hoche
Phone: 0033(0)223622260
Fax: 0033(0)223622269

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Department and information about the department

The evolution of the art program

With a concern for freedom, the Direction des Arts et des Lettres did not attempt to standardize artistic education until 1952. Before then, with the approval of the school inspector, the director of each school established a program on the basis of needs, available means, and local traditions.
From 1952 on, artistic education was unified on a national level. It comprised three years of basic training, which led to a Certificat d’Aptitude à la Formation Artistique Supérieure (CAFAS, created in 1954), followed by two years of specialization, leading to a Diplôme National des Beaux-Arts (DNBA, created in 1957). There were seven programs: painting, sculpture, printmaking, two-dimensional ornamentation, three-dimensional ornamentation, advertising, ceramics. At the time, the École des Beaux-Arts de Rennes offered all areas of specialization, except for ceramics.
In 1973, a reform implemented by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs responded to the fact that art and its techniques were changing. This reform instituted the baccalaurĂ©at [French high school diploma] as a prerequisite, an introductor...  [ Read All ]

News and Events

Visiting Artists

Every year, the school invites visiting artists to hold workshops for variable lengths of time on themes related to the issues in their own work. Visiting artist can also meet with students to discuss independent projects in progress.


Information For  Undergraduates

Studies are based on progressive learning of fundamental, theoretical, and practical knowledge that encourages students to develop a true, independent approach.

The five-year program leads to a Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique (DNSEP, equivalent to a master’s degree). A Diplôme National d’Arts Plastiques (DNAP, equivalent to a bachelor’s degree) can be obtained after completing three years of study.

All students have the same first year curriculum.


First year curriculum:

First year courses focus on essential theoretical and practical foundations.

At the end of the year, faculty evaluates each student’s ability to continue into the second year on the basis of a report written by the student about the past year and a review of his or her work. If necessary, professors can decide that a student must repeat the year.



Second and third year curriculum:
Core Courses

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Information For  Postgraduates

“Créateur de produits multimédia artistiques et culturels”

[technical master’s degree, multimedia in the cultural domain]

The École des Beaux-Arts de Rennes and the Université Rennes 2 are partners in this program, which aims to train students to work in the field of multimedia as project managers, editors, art directors, or resource center managers.

Objectives: This program trains students to master multimedia project design, with an emphasis on the specificities of its implications in art and culture.

Academic program: This master’s program is divided into four semesters. Three months of internship are recommended during the first year and three months of internship are mandatory at the end of the last semester.

First year: Courses in theory, methodological approaches, and practice.

The first and second semesters each comprise four subjects: methodologies, fundamental knowledge, specialization, and language.

Specialization comprises two parts:

n theorizing and designing, reflections on artistic projects and the use of multimedia.

n technical training and methodologies, f...  [ Read All ]

Information For  International Students

International exchange programs

The Ecole des Beaux-Arts regularly receives students from other art schools in Europe or elsewhere. Students enrolled at Rennes can attend schools abroad during their fourth year.

These exchanges are organized within the framework of European programs (such as Socrates/Erasmus) or in agreements between schools that allow the work done by students during their studies abroad to be credited. The ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) facilitates academic recognition of studies done as an exchange student at an affiliated school abroad.

Grants for exchange students

Socrates/Erasmus: Overseen by the national agency of the Socrates–Leonardo da Vinci program, these grants for exchange students (and teachers) make collaborations possible between institutions of higher education within Europe. These grants take into account the length of the student’s studies abroad (between three and twelve months).

OFAJ [FGYO]: Grants for students in their fourth year, exclusively for studies in a German school (with the exception of Berlin for non-Parisian schools). These grants are overseen by the Fra...  [ Read All ]

Student Facilities


Main site

The school’s main site is located on Rue Hoche. The building’s surface area measures 7,500 square meters. It includes classrooms, meeting rooms, an auditorium, student studios, workshops for diverse mediums, administrative offices, exhibition spaces and spaces for trying out installations, a library, a cafeteria . . .


Located at 13 Rue du Noyer, the extension has a surface area of 2,000 square meters. It includes studios for fourth and fifth year students of all departments and computer graphics facilities.


Each student has a personal workspace. Students are given studios, in various locations, according to their year of study and department. Large rooms for hanging work allow students to try out the installation of works for a limited time, to present them for discussion, and to be exposed to the work of other students.


The school’s bookbinding equipment (electric paper cutter, guillotine cutter, standing press, etc.) allows students to make book projects and small editions, on all supports, materials, and in all kinds of dimensions.
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Student Support

Cultural Resources

The École des Beaux-Arts de Rennes benefits from a rich cultural environment. The city features numerous movie theaters, concert halls, theaters, and exhibition spaces. Rennes hosts several festivals every year, including the internationally renowned Trans Musicales festival in December. Two hours from Paris by TGV, Rennes is in the center of Brittany, which means quick access to Saint-Brieuc, Lorient, Quimper, Brest, as well as Nantes, Caen, and Le Mans, etc.

Main contemporary art institutions in Rennes and nearby include:

Archives de la critique d’art

Resource center, library, a place for research and debate on art criticism and the history of contemporary art. Archives de la Critique d’Art amasses, preserves, and makes known the writings of art critics and their archives. It is the only resource center of its kind in Europe.

3, rue de Noyal, F-35410 Châteaugiron
Tel. +33 [0]2 99 37 55 29


Scholarships may be awarded by the Ministry of Culture, on the same criteria as those of the Éducation Nationale. Application forms can be picked up at the s...  [ Read All ]



The school itself does not have any student housing.

Contact CROUS for information about dormitories for students with scholarships.

Centre RĂ©gional des Ĺ’uvres Universitaires et Scolaires de Rennes-Bretagne (CROUS)
7, place Hoche, F-35064 Rennes Cedex

Tel. +33 [0]2 99 84 31 31


How To Apply

First year applicants: entrance exam and interview

Requirements for admission: To qualify for the entrance exam, candidates must have a baccalauréat with any major [French high school diploma] or an equivalent degree, or be in their final year of studies (in which case, the candidate’s admission is not validated until he or she has obtained a baccalauréat or its equivalent).

Candidates must sign up for the entrance exam between February and March.

The entrance exam takes place in Rennes but it gives candidates the possibility of applying to the four art schools in Brittany—Brest, Lorient, Quimper, and Rennes—simultaneously.

Exception: For persons who dropped out of high school, an exception can be made for those who have a record of several years of professional experience in any field. On the basis of the candidate’s application, a jury decides whether or not this exception shall be granted. An exception granted, however, does not mean that the candidate has been accepted; it only gives the candidate authorization to take the entrance exam.

Entrance exam: The examination for admission to first year takes pl...  [ Read All ]

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Ecole des beaux-arts de Rennes

34, rue Hoche
FRANCE - 35 000 Rennes

Tel. : 33 (0)2 23 62 22 60
Fax. : 33 (0)2 23 62 22 69