Art and design studies : how to choose ?
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Choose your training program

Before choosing your future school, you need to have a good understanding of its training programs. There are a lot of public and private schools. How to choose the good one ?

The hierarchy between these schools is difficult to understand : level of diplomas, certifications and accreditations, professional recognition, international presence and partnerships, etc.
For this reason, it is fundamental to have a good understanding of the didactic project of the school.


There are 4 families of artistic trainings :


Theoretical education

This kinf of training includes history of art, aesthetic and humanities in relation with art.

Reserved domain of public universities, this family of training does not include any practical training, even in fine arts and applied arts departments.


Ecole de Conde offers only one theoretical training : the Master in art expertise and art market. However, this training includes practical training as well.


Arts & crafts courses

Arts & crafts’ training aims at the appropriation of a unique know-how in a specific field of art, as well as a strong artistic sensibility.


Be carefull, this artistic sensibility is not used to serve a personal creative process. It directly serves a cultural asset as it aims at preserving the asset or the technic used.


Ecole de Condé is one of the few school to offer trainings in this field, such as the Bachelor in cultural heritage preservation or the Master in conservation-restoration of cultural heritage.


Fine arts courses

The artist develops self-sufficient approach of the creative process. It only aims at developing an esthetical bias.


Trainings in this field are mainly offered in public fine art schools (écoles des Beaux-Arts) in France or abroad. To get access to theses schools, Ecole de Conde offers a Preparatory class to prepare to art school entrance examinations. Of course, most of these trainings have no employment prospects.


However, fine arts are an integral part of the creative process in design and more indirectly in cultural heritage.


Design and applied arts courses

Design brings together a creative process and a questioning in terms of function and utility. It must result in tangible solutions. As such, design is a major driver for innovation, whether technological, social or cultural.


Design is composed of four specialties in relation with well defined professional fields : graphic design (or visual design), spatial design (or interior design), product design and fashion design.


Design is mostly taught in applied arts schools even if fine arts schools sometimes try to teach design. The first year of this training is the foundation year in applied arts, also called Mise à niveau aux arts appliqués (MANAA).


Illustration and film animation are at the crossroads of fine arts and applied arts (visual design).


Photography, which is also linked to visual communication, needs a specific training as it also involves a technical approach. For this reason, Ecole de Conde offers a Bachelor in photography in close collaboration with the design department (graphic design, fashion design, fine arts, etc.) which will ultimately converge towards a common Master : the Master in communication strategy.


Two kind of approachs coexist :

First, the workshop practice which is based on the personal creative process of each student with limited interaction with teachers. This practice needs a great capacity for autonomy. This didactic approach is mainly developed in the public universities and the schools depending from the Ministry of Culture such écoles des Beaux-arts and Arts-décoratifs.

The second approach is the classroom pedagogy, which is based on a stronger interaction between students and teachers. In this case, teachers play their role in transmitting and sharinknowledge, coaching and evaluating students. This didactic approach is the one offered in the main applied art schools such as Olivier de Serres, Boulle, Estienne et Duperré.


Ecole de Conde’s didactic approach is mainly the second one, event if students’ autonomy is more developed at Master level.


Some schools choose to offer a long one stage program (up to 6 years) with little or no possibility to obtain a degree during the training. It is the case of several private schools.

Other schools prefer to keep a mid-term evaluation (after 3 years) in order to give students the possibility to pursue their studies in another school that offers a specialty that better matchs their career whishes.

Ecole de Conde chooses to offer an open system relying on French State Bachelor degrees (BTS) and Master degrees accredited by the CNCP, a governmental body that certifies public and private academic programs, at the highest possible level.