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Foundation year in Illustration, Comics & Animation

Preparation to Arts School entrance examinations

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This intensive course prepares students for entrance examinations to art academies in France and abroad. Aside from enabling them to acquire the fundamental artistic bases, this year also offers courses in graphic design, illustration and animation.

Therefore it allows students to establish an extensive portfolio that they will be able to present French public schools or foreign art schools:

  • l’ENSAD (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs)
  • les Écoles Nationales des Beaux-Arts
  • l’École des Métiers de l’Image
  • l’École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI)
  • l’École Supérieure des Arts et Techniques (ESAT)
  • les Gobelins

The Foundation year is also the natural route to take for students wishing to move towards illustration or animation.


Foundation year in graphic arts WEEKLY CONTACT HOURS ECTS CREDITS
TOTAL 32h/34h 60+4
Core modules 6h 12
Artistic and Visual knowledge
Structuring modules 12h 20
Fundamental drawing
Live drawing
Conception – creation 12h 26+1
Plastic expression workshop
Illustration workshop
Motion design workshop
Graphic design workshop
Professional and identity practice - 2+1
Workshops, internship

Educational content is subject to changes as a result of school organizational requirements, and, or, implementation of State guidelines. In Marseille and Toulouse, the program differs significantly, please contact the school directly.


Admission is based on a personal interview, where students demonstrate their motivation and staff will verify that their project is in line with the school’s objectives. Only those students who have obtained their baccalauréat or a foreign equivalent may be admitted.
International students may apply directly on our site’s dedicated page. We will be happy to assist them during this process

If you want to know more about the difference between the Preparatory class and the Foundation year in applied arts, please visit the “Prepare your admission” page of our website.

Where to find this program ?

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  • Paris
  • Lyon
  • Bordeaux
  • Nancy
  • Nice
  • Marseille
  • Toulouse
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