Admission to the school is by way of competitive entrance examination:
- the 1st year entrance examination determines admission to the common foundation year;
- the 2nd year entrance examination determines admission to one of the 10 specialised sectors;
- the 4th year entrance examination determines admission to the last two years of the diploma course.
Candidates may sit only one entrance examination in any one academic year and no more than three entrance examinations in total.
Post-graduate research, creation and innovation programme (EnsadLab)
Admission to the research programme is based on selection of candidates for each sector. Candidates shortlisted on the basis of a written application setting out their academic record and projects are invited to present their project to the jury for their chosen sector. A certificate is awarded in recognition of a successful year’s research.
Overseas students on study programmes
As part of exchange agreements with other schools or under the Erasmus programme, the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs accepts overseas students for a maximum of 2 semesters, i.e. for an academic year. While students on the study programme acquire credits (ECTS), they are not eligible for the school’s diploma. Since EnsAD does not award a University diploma, overseas students attending courses are not eligible for the EnsAD diploma.
Under the terms of Chapter IV, article 53 of the internal regulations of the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs on overseas exchange students, overseas students on a study programme at the school, either as part of an exchange agreement or as part of the Erasmus programme, may not “sit for the entrance examinations to the 2nd and 4th year, nor claim entitlement to the school’s diploma”.
Overseas candidates for a study programme at the school are selected on the basis of written applications, by a jury that meets every year in June. Candidates must demonstrate a good level of written and spoken French. Candidates should submit their application early in May (and before the cut-off date of 15th May) via their school to the EnsAD International Relations Department. Students accepted on a study programme are admitted to the sector of their choice, generally in the 4th year.