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Arts, Design & Media: preparatory program

  • // Initial Education

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

Discover the Preparatory Class: watch the replay of the conference hosted by Mathilde Perrault, Head of program

! Englisgh subtitles available !

The academic year 2022 will start in the new school building located at 61 boulevard de la Prairie au Duc in Nantes.

This cultural adaptation class and opening to the different design professions has been specifically designed for French-speaking international students who wish to begin design studies in a program taught in French.

This Arts, Design & Media preparatory class allows students to explore the specificities of creation with courses in modes of expression, general culture and technical culture, and to discover the different design professions: space design, graphic design, interactive design and product design, while improving their level of French with courses in French as a foreign language.

This program also offers support in preparing for the entrance exams of the most prestigious French schools, via the national Parcoursup procedure or directly with the schools concerned.


This program aims to:

  • improve your French language,
  • discover the different design fields,
  • prepare you to apply for undergraduate studies in France.

The students will follow general courses (modes of expression, general culture, arts & design culture and working in a multicultural context) and will be able to discover the different design forms: Space Design, Graphic Design, Interaction Design and Product Design.

> Course outline

Courses : 700 h per year

  • Design courses

General and cultural education
- English and French courses
- Art History and Design
- Western culture (visits, exhibitions, shows)

Artistic education and expression tools
- Colour drawing
- Plastic creation
- Expression tools

- Design project methodology
- Portfolio workshop + competition preparation

  • French as a Foreign Language Course

- Optional - For students who have not validated a B2 level in French -
Advanced French language courses for the validation of a B2 level
Taught by qualified teachers of French as a foreign language

Admission requirements

> Academic requirements

This program is open to applicants holding:
- A high school diploma obtained at the time of application
- A French level equivalent to A2/B1 assessed by a TCF1 or DELF2 test is required to join the program

If you already hold a level B2 in French, please contact us at

> How to apply?

Applications are open until mid-september 2022 for the academic year 2022-2023.

Applications can only be done online on our application website (applications are also possible on Campus Art)

1. Online application and payment of the application fees (€50);

2. Uploading all the required documents for application;

3. Application file review;
4. if your application is accepted by L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, we will ask you to electronically sign your enrollment documents and to proceed to the payment of the first installment of the tuition fees.

> Tuition fees 2022

Design courses: €4 800
French courses option: €1 900

+ CVEC (Student and campus life contribution): €92

More information regarding the CVEC

> Obtain a visa for France

Final admission will only take effect when the necessary visa is obtained, if applicable.

For more information, please go to the item “obtaining a visa”

Teaching staff

Deputy Executive Manager
Stéphane Gouret

Director of undergraduate studies
Nathalie Templier

Head of program
Mathilde Perrault

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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