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École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris

Address: 14 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France

Description École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris

  • Established: 1648
  • Type: higher education institution
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Language of instruction: French.

École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts (ENSBA) was founded in 1648 and is one of the most honorable educational institutions in France. The National School of Fine Arts provides in-depth preparation as part of a 5-year course, combining the fundamental elements of the artistic method with issues of contemporary art.

In accordance with the long-established educational principles, training at ENSBA is carried out in studios under the guidance of renowned artists. This studio practice is complemented by a wide range of theoretical and technical training, the purpose of which is to provide students with a variety of methods, which allows each student to use the resources necessary to develop an individual artistic approach, and comprehend the problems of contemporary art and the status of an artist today.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris

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Training courses

  • Dates: year-round
  • Age: 17-23 years old
  • Duration: 1 year.

Via Ferrata is a preparatory class integrated at Beaux Arts in Paris, which prepares students for entrance exams at higher art schools in France and abroad. It offers practical, theoretical classes and individual educational support. The course program includes:

  • Learning Art History
  • Artistic practices, personal work and input file creation
  • Drawing from a living model
  • Introduction to Digital Image Processing
  • Publication, several editions, artist’s book
  • Exhibition Visits
  • Meetings with speakers from the world of art.
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Basic educational program

  • Dates: year-round
  • Duration: 5 years.

Training in drawing, which is considered as a basic practice, passing through the workshop in the workshop, is compulsory in the first and second years of training. Starting from the second year, the student learns the technical lessons that he chooses in accordance with his artistic practice.

Theoretical studies occupy a decisive place and form the necessary basis for training. During the first cycle, the student studies the proposed units of the theoretical course and selects the training order in accordance with his previous knowledge. During the second cycle, he is engaged in theoretical research as part of a research seminar, which will serve as an occasion for writing and defending a dissertation.

To complete the course, it is planned to study outside the school, including professional practice or a study trip abroad for the fourth year.

Doctoral Program in Science, Arts, Creativity, Research (SACRe)

  • Dates: year-round
  • Duration: 3 years.

The goal of the SACRe doctoral program is the creation and development of original projects combining creation and research. This interdisciplinary course brings together artists, creators and performers, theorists of the exact, humanities and social sciences.

Accommodation, housing and food

The institution provides accommodation in hostel to its students.

Events École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris

Each year, the ENSBA holds several major exhibitions in Paris dedicated to both the historical collection and contemporary art, in particular, the work of young graduates.


  • The educational institution is among TOP-5 best French universities
  • ENSBA provides students with financial assistance for one academic year based on socio-economic criteria
  • The school offers international exchange programs implemented within the framework of the Erasmus + project.

Equipment École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris

The main ENSBA campus is located in the capital of France - Paris. The logistics of the university includes:

  • 29 workshops
  • Library
  • Audiovisual collections that are landmarks in the field of contemporary art
  • The Lesoufaché room, which includes 120,000 works of the 16th century, related to the teaching of architecture, painting, sculpture, graphic art and engraving.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

  • The cost of participation in entrance exams = 26 € -52 € (set annually)
  • The cost of living in Paris = 816 € -1461 € / month.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Enrollment in ENSBA is carried out on a competitive basis, with minimum qualification requirements and without age restrictions.

For applicants entering the first year, an introductory interview is accompanied by an assessment of the drawing and a required exam.

An application for administrative registration for admission must be completed online on the school's website. Supporting documents must be uploaded to the registration platform.

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- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
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