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Foundation year in Design

The preparatory class in design

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The Foundation Year in Applied Arts is the first year of the design Bachelor program, established by the French Ministry of Higher Education.

The goal of this intensive year is to help our student-designers develop their creative identity whilst they envisage their study options within the various design and artistic creation sectors available.


This program is strictly based on the framework provided by the French Ministry of Higher Eduction.

As a complement, it also includes some interdisciplinary modules with a view to develop students’ autonomy as well as to help them define their creative project.

Foundation year in applied arts WEEKLY CONTACT HOURS ECTS CREDITS
TOTAL 32h/34h 60+4
Core modules 8h/10h 12+2
General knowledge
Scientific knowledge
Artistic and Visual knowledge
Second language (optional) : Spanish, Italian
Structuring modules 12h 20
fundamental drawing
live drawing
Plastic expression
Conception – creation 12h 26+1
Graphic design
Spatial design
Product design
Fashion design
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.


Baccalauréat or equivalent high school diploma based on individual assessment.

This course focuses on three main areas: drawing and artistic expression; design workshops; general and cultural modules.



International students may apply directly on our site’s dedicated page. We will be happy to assist them during this process.


After the Foundation year, students continue their studies in École de Condé by pursuing a Bachelor in Design, Illustration or Animation.

They may also integrate an architecture school or a Fine Arts school.

In Marseille and Toulouse, École de Condé associated with Axe Sud, offers a Foundation year in design which defers from the MANAA program.

Where to find this program ?

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