The passageway (Art, Design and FLE)

THE PASSAGEWAY

 ART, DESIGN, AND FRENCH CLASSES PREPARATORY SCHOOL FOR COMPETITIVE ENTRANCE EXAMS IN FRENCH HIGHER SCHOOLS OF ART AND DESIGN

IF YOU WISH TO TAKE A COURSE IN A FRENCH ART SCHOOL, OPT FOR A SINGULAR TRAINING TO PASS YOUR ENTRANCE EXAM.

La Coursive is an upgrading course for non-French-speaking applicants who wish to take the competitive entrance exams for French art and design schools. It is a dual course in French and plastic arts and design. The Higher School of Art and Design of Saint-Etienne (ESADSE) and the International Center of Languages and Civilizations (Centre International des Langues et Civilisations CILEC) from the University of Jean Monnet worked jointly to propose this unique program in France.

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La Coursive is the first passageway course to support students for an effective preparation to these entrance exams. The course leads to a university diploma in the preparation to art schools entrance exams.

100% of the students who have obtained their diploma have entered an art school, an architecture school or a French university.


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When you arrive, you are helped with all administrative formalities thanks to a support with settling in France and a service to help you with these formalities (visa, accommodation, insurance, benefits, bank, etc).

Study Art or Design in France

Art and Design studies in France within the Public Art Schools network are certified by the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

In French art schools, courses are given by artists and designers. Courses are concrete: they are based on the development of artistic projects that are thought, carried out and produced. Art and design courses in art schools combine practice, technique, and theory. They integrate different visual cultures, as the work is comprehended throughout all its historical, social, political, and anthropological dimensions. Art schools develop students’ creativity and analytical mind ; they train creators and artists who produce works or creative projects.

Each school has its particularities and propose different offers:

They have one, two, or three departments: art, design, communication, and they all have their specialties.

We usually find:

 

> The Art department which corresponds to every artistic specialties, may they be classical or contemporary: painting, sculpting, photography, filming, installations, performances, etc ;

> The Design department which corresponds to the creators’ training in different fields; for instance: design objects, industrial design, space design, graphic design, fashion, web design, service design, etc.

 

The conditions of integration in French art schools:

Art schools are accessible through competitive entrance exams. These exams’ conditions are different depending on the school.

However, in every school, the applicant always has a part that consists in presenting a portfolio of works he has carried out, and has to be able to talk about it in French. Professors expect from the student to have an artistic universe, originality in his propositions, curiosity, general knowledge, and plastic art abilities.

Art and design studies in French universities of the Ministry of National Education, of Higher Education and Research :

The Plastic Arts bachelor’s degree’s aim is to acquire techniques and essential bases in plastic arts through the practice of different mediums (drawing, painting, volume, engraving, infographics, filming, photography, performance) and through a theoretical approach in art history, science of art, esthetics, theory of cinema and new media. The following master’s degrees enable the deep study of these techniques, and the acquisition of an expertise in your field of specialty. They prepare you to enter the work sphere.

Conditions of university integration:

Based on application file. Requirements: Having the necessary diploma to ask for an equivalence, and having the required level of French (B2-level for a bachelor’s degree, C1 for a master’s degree).

IN ORDER TO GUIDE YOU DURING YOUR ADMISSION INTO A FRENCH COURSE, LA COURSIVE ENABLES YOU TO:

  • Reach a B2 level in French (level of the CECRL: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), while preparing the applicants to a TCF (Test of French Knowledge) or a DELF (Diploma of Studies in French) of that level,
  • Approach the French language throughout plastic issues as a preparation for the entrance exams,
  • Discover the French art and design culture,
  • Initiate yourself to art and design course in France through the development of projects,
  • Develop your own creativity.

The course

The course consists of 25 hours per week of face-to-face teaching, plus hours for projects and personal work, making a total of 600 hours:

  • 350 hours of French as a foreign language taught at the University of Jean Monnet in Saint-Etienne through its language preparation center (CILEC)
  • 250 hours of artistic teaching taught at the Saint-Etienne Higher School of Art and Design (ESADSE).

Batiment 1

Every year, two classes of maximum 20 students can be opened.

The number limitation guarantees the quality of the formation.

  • Students will enjoy a personal support for the exams preparation:
  • Orientation and advice for the choice of the schools,
  • Production of works in France that are going to be presented during the exams,
  • Preparation of portfolios,
  • Training for the interviews

THE COURSE’S CONTENTS

THE COURSE IS DIVIDED INTO TWO EDUCATIONAL UNITS

ART, DESIGN AND PREPARATION TO ENTRANCE EXAMS :

Course name Teacher Teaching time Contents
UE : Art, Design and exam training Composition and representation Linda Roux 22 h From concrete representation to abstract representation (all medium)
Art and color Linda Roux 17 h Colour analysis and processing
Urban planning, landscape and space Florimond Gauvin 24 h To collect to discover the urban space To share and produce a collective model To interpret and restore one’s approach by drawing
Preparation to the entrance exams’ oral interviews Yvelize Dentzer 15 h French history and culture
Preparation to the entrance exams oral interviews 2 Yvelize Dentzer 15 h Verbal and non-verbal communication
Creative approach 1 : tools Aurélie Richard 39 h Learning of the research process Discovering of methodological tools To know how to appropriate a subject to feed one’s creativity
Supervised personal project Aurélie Richard 40 h Support of the artistic production around a free subject in accordance with the exam project and the student’s specialty
Creative approach 2: consistency and unity Amaury Poudray 50 h To adapt the subject proposed by the professor to the student’s artistic personality To choose the representation’s mediums in accordance with the studies’ project To appropriate realization workshops (metal, wood, screen printing, ceramic, photography)
Portfolio’s creation Amaury Poudray 28 h Tools and software / Portfolio’s consistency / Supervision and correction
TOTAL 250 h

LANGUAGE IMPROVEMENTS, FRENCH CIVILIZATION AND ARTISTIC MOVEMENTS :

Language improvement B2 level Language improvement B2 level Marie Berger 160 h Language acquisition: written and oral comprehension and production of a B2 level
Western history and culture. Comparison with other cultures Delphine Soulier 20 h To know the customs and values proper to the West to understand institutions, organizations, and freedom that are specific to the Western societies
Tribal art and 20th century’s art Delphine Soulier 20 h To expand one’s field of knowledge with a historical and geographical breakdown. To cover the discovery of tribal art and the rise of modern art
Preparation to the schools’ application: CV, motivation letter, portfolio Delphine Soulier 30 h To be able to write formal documents by taking into consideration the specific context(s) of each selected school
Preparation to entrance exams methodology: speak to convince Delphine Soulier 30 h To know how to promote one’s work and interact in a debate. To work on self-worth, on objectivity towards one’s own artistic productions in order to interpret the professors’ critics in a constructive manner..
Contemporary art movements and works analysis Delphine Soulier 70 h To know the different contemporary art movements and to know how to place their major artists to be able to describe and analyse pieces of work. To study the cult of the body throughout civilisations and societies / The body in the work.
An eye on the French contemporary society Marie Berger 20 h To analyse and understand French people’s behaviour and mentality in order to be able to follow higher education courses.
TOTAL 350 h

After the Coursive : perspectives

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Getting a bachelor’s degree: a 3-year course (a A-level equivalent is required)

Diplomas, issued by the Ministry of Culture and Communication in France, after a 3-year course, are :

  • DNA: National Diploma of Art Issued by Higher Schools of arts and design of the Public Art Schools network
  • DEEA: Diploma of Architectural Studies Issued by the National Higher Schools of architecture and landscape in France

 

Diploma, issued by the Ministry of National Education, of Higher Education and research, after a 3-year course, is :

  • Plastic Art bachelor’s degree Issued by French universities.

 

After a 2-year course:

  • DMA (Diploma of Artistic Profession) (ex: biding-gilding, engraving, illustration, etc.)
  • BTS (Certificate of Higher Technician) (ex: graphical design, edition, etc.)

Issued by Applied Arts Schools

 

After a 4-year course:

  • DSAA (Higher Diploma of Applied Arts) (ex: scientific)

Issued by Applied Arts Schools

Getting a Master’s degree : a 5-year course, when entering in equivalence (: when directly entering in the 4th year) (a 3-year bachelor’s degree level is required)

Diplomas issued by the Ministry of Culture and Communication in France, after a 5-year course, are :

  • DNSEP: National Superior Diploma in Plastic Expression

Issued by the Higher Schools of arts and design of the Public Art Schools network

  • DEA: Architecture State Diploma (Master’s degree level)

Issued by the National Higher Schools of architecture and landscape in France

Master diplomas, issued by the Ministry of National Education, of Higher Education and research, are numerous. In order to choose a specialty, you need to refer to the universities’ websites. Some of the Applied Arts Schools also issue master level diploma.

THE ADVANTAGES OF LA COURSIVE
  •  A course based in Saint-Étienne, a member of the UNESCO Cities of Design network
  • A unique French program jointly run by an university and an Art and Design school preparing international students in a specific domain
  • Help with settling in France and a service to help with all the administrative formalities (visa, accommodation, insurance, benefits, bank, etc.
  •  A one-year training which leads to the obtaining of an university diploma
  • Teaching by qualified FLE (French as a Foreign Language) teachers and art and design professionals
  • Unique sites with modern premises equipped with all the latest ICTs for education
  • Constant personal tutoring
  • 100% of the gradutes entered an Art school or a French university.
  • CALENDAR 2019-2020

Beginning of the course :   Septembre 16th 2019   /     End of the course :  April 24th 2020

APPLYING TO LA COURSIVE 19-20

Admission requirements

  • To be 18 year-old, have a school leaving diploma and a proficiency in French to level B1.

Documents to join : 

  • Plastic Arts portfolio (PDF, 10 pages max)
  • Level B1 French Language certificate
  • Copies of diplomas
  • Copy of passport
  • Resume

Application documents should be sent by email to cilec@univst-etienne.fr

Application evaluation criteria :

  • Coherence of the creative approach ;
  • Technical knowledge ;
  • Statement of motivation and expression of the project ;
  • School education ;
  • Quality of the plastic work ;
  • Variety of the presented work (drawing, photos, models, engraving, etc.)

Applications are welcomed at every moment of the year until the deadline of the year until the deadline for submission of applications : beginning of june.

How to register after the selection ?

The CILEC and ESADSE will send you :

  • An attestation of registration at La Coursive
  • An attestation of registration at the entrance exam chosen at the ESADSE
  • An attestation of accommodation booking in Saint-Étienne
  • The course cost estimate

At the arrival in France, fees will be paid:

  • Tuition fee: 5090 €
  • Student life fee: 90 €

> Modalities of payment: Credit Card, bank transfer, cash No reimbursement of the tuition fees for the course of the registration at the university will be accepted after the beginning of the course.

INFORMATION

LIVE IN SAINT-ETIENNE
All useful information to live in Saint-Etienne thanks to the CILEC can be found at :
http://bit.ly/2koMcNz

COME IN SAINT-ETIENNE
All useful information about coming to Saint-Etienne can be found at: http://bit.ly/2jX8TfD

CONTACTS

CILEC
21 rue Denis Papin 42023 Saint-Etienne, Cedex 2
David Gerthoux – cilec@univ-st-etienne.fr – +33-4-77-43-79-70

École Supérieure d’art et design de Saint-Etienne (ESADSE)
3 rue Javelin Pagnon 42000 Saint-Etienne
www.esadse.fr
mobility@esadse.fr