Arts, Design & Media: preparatory program

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A one-year program to prepare French-speaking international students to join undergraduate studies in Arts, Design & Media

The Arts, Design, and Media foundations studies is specifically tailored for French-speaking international students who wish to pursue their undergraduate studies in a French-speaking program.

This program is divided in two phases: after having completed one semester of intensive French classes, students join in L’École de design Nantes Atlantique for an adaptation to the French design culture and an opening to different design forms.


This program aims to:
- improve your French language,
- discover the different design fields,
- prepare your application to undergraduate studies in France.

The students will follow general courses (modes of expression, general culture, technical culture and transcultural courses) and will be able to discover the different design forms: Space Design, Graphic Design, Interaction Design and Product Design.

Admission requirements

> Prerequisites

This program is open to applicants holding a high school diploma.

Language requirements
A French level equivalent to B1 assessed by a TCF1 or DELF2 test is required to join the program.

> Applications Procedure

Selection of applicants is done based on their registration form, application file and interview.

How ? Application can only be done online.
When ? Application for the academic year 2020-2021 will open in November 2019.

How much does it cost ? Once you have filled out your personal data, you will be required to pay a non-refundable inscription fee of 50€ to cover the administrative costs of your admission process. This payment is only possible by credit card or Paypal and is fully secured.

The selection process is organized as follow:

1. online application, payment of the application fees, and uploading all the required documents for application,

2. application file review,
3. participation to an interview
4. if your application is accepted by L’École de design, registration to the University of Nantes for a semester of intensive French classes www.i-fle.univ-nantes.fr

If you do not reside in France, this interview may be done by telephone or Skype.

> Tuition fees 2020

Courses at University of Nantes: 1 900 €

Courses at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique: 4 800 €

Job prospects and further education

After the completion of this preparatory program, students will be offered the possibility to apply for the first year of undergraduate studies at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique.

But they also will be able to apply to any other undegraduate programs taught in French, in French design schools.


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