Recognizing that international students required more preparation for the competitive examinations for entrance to art and design schools in France, the University of Saint-Etienne and the Saint-Etienne Higher School of Art and Design (ESADSE) decided to work together to offer this first passageway support course for students to provide an effective preparation for sitting these entrance examinations: the “Coursive” Passageway.
The “Coursive” Passageway is an upgrading class for non-French speaking candidates wishing to sit the entrance examinations for French schools of art and design. It consists of a double training course in French and the plastic arts, with an emphasis on design.
The training course is made up of 25 hours per week of individual classes, with additional hours for project and autonomous work, making a total of 700 hours. The course is run jointly by the University of Saint-Etienne, through its language preparation centre (CILEC), and the Saint-Etienne Higher School of Art and Design (ESADSE).
The training cycle is spread over two semesters for a total of 25 weeks, and leads to a University Diploma in the preparation for Art School entrance examinations (DU PCEA)