Art and architecture occupy a special place in French higher education.

Schools of art

France's écoles supérieures of art and applied arts are public institutions of very high quality that confer nationally regulated diplomas after 3 or 5 years of study.

Other schools—private or administered by chambers of commerce—grant degrees that are specific to each school.

Both categories of school practice selective admissions based on the student's application file or examination results, and often an interview.

The CampusArt network

The Website www.campusart.org offers general information on art studies in France and helps you choose either an "école supérieure d’art" (higher school of art) or an "école d’arts appliqués" (school of applied arts), a State-owned or private school, or a university.

The artistic field concerned is primarily creation (to "DO" art, plastic arts, design, visual communication, fashion, interior architecture, etc.) in "école supérieure d’art"; but you may also choose among a few university courses for THEORY of art and MANAGEMENT of art (see info on the website).

When choosing your training, you will need to complete a quick and interactive online application in order to create a single file for the whole network.

Response from the institutions is sent in late April (note: applications end in late February), allowing to prepare a scholarship or visa application and organize the journey.

Service is free until the student accepts a training offer.

This online application process is available anywhere in the world. In countries where dematerialised process is currently mandatory, a second digital file will be needed to obtain a "student' visa, if applicable.

Schools of architecture

French education in architecture has been harmonized with the European LMD degree system.

  • The first 3 years of study lead to a degree in architectural studies that is equivalent to a licence (bachelor).
  • In 2 more years, students earn the diplôme d’État d’architecte, equivalent to a master
  • After an additional 3 years, students can earn a doctorate in architecture.

All 20 national schools of architecture regulated by the French Ministry of Culture offer post-master programs of specialization and advanced study, including the important credential known as HMONP that entitles graduate architects to direct building projects independently and in their own name.