Bachelor's Degree Program

180 ECTS credits

The objective is to give students the necessary knowledge and design skills to enable them to participate in each step of the design process, working on a project from initial brief to final artwork. At the end of this 3-year program, students will be able to work as a junior designer in one of the following sectors:

. Visual Communication

. Editorial (digital & print)

. Branding and Global Design

. Moving Image Arts (video, film & advertising fields)


. Residential Design

. Retail and Scenic Design

. Commercial Architecture

. Prospective Product Design

Each student has to complete 2 internships and they are also encouraged to network internationally. They also have an option to spend a part of their studies abroad through one of our international exchange programs, which in turn helps them to put together an impressive selection of international projects for their future design portfolio.


L1 – First year Course (60 ECTS credits)

This one-year introductory year is compulsory for all students and is designed to introduce them to the wide range of possibilities within the field of art and design, giving them general artistic knowledge in a range of different design subjects.

The aim is to encourage an open-minded, flexible and exploratory approach within a supportive learning environment. Enabling students to develop important design skills such as concept and idea development, visual awareness, analytical and critical thinking, whilst learning how to put into place a clear & logical methodology in their creative process.

At the end of this first year, students can either continue their studies at ESAG Penninghen (if they are successfully selected for their specialised Bachelor Degree program).

Students who apply for this program are not required to have any formal training or expertise in design – however, applicants are expected to have creativity, personal motivation & personal development potential, as well as an interest and knowledge of fields associated with art and design. In every vocational field, within the visual communication industry, designers need to review and update their knowledge, skills and understanding of new technology and develop effective methods to communicate their ideas. Our students are expected to demonstrate this in their work as the year progresses.

From the very beginning of this course, students work in groups in our art studio. The design studio environment encourages sharing of ideas, enhances teamwork and nurtures a supportive work and social environment. Teachers also follow the progress of each student in order to evaluate their strengths and help them make informed decisions regarding their specialist degree level choices.

At the end of the first trimester, student’s design skills are assessed through graded submitted work in each of the different disciplines and evaluated through a global design exam to ensure the artistic progression of each student. Teaching methods include studio-based work, group tutorials, lectures and skills workshops. During the 2nd and 3rd terms students are encouraged to develop their personal creative style in order to prepare a portfolio of work that is then assessed for progression into the chosen ESAG design program.

L2 / 2nd year Bachelors Degree program (60 ECTS credits)

The objective is to give students a clearer and more global understanding of their chosen specialisation including each phase of the design process within the design and communication field. The program is designed to encourage student’s general artistic and cultural knowledge, develop their creativity, working methodology, and visual techniques, in order to ensure they are able to successfully communicate ideas and concepts both visually and verbally.

L3 / 3rd year Bachelors Degree program (60 ECTS credits)

The course objectives are to give students a better understanding of the professional design industry and to ensure that they have acquired all the necessary skills to become a Graphic Designer or Interior Architect Assistant. At the end of the year, they will have the opportunity to put their skills to use during a mandatory internship period of 2 to 3 months.

Students must demonstrate proven skills in computer graphics, have developed an extensive portfolio of design work, and, if continuing their studies in our Master’s Degree program, have prepared their application for an International Exchange Program and/or found their internship placement.

TOEIC. At the end of the 3rd year, selected students prepare for the TOIEC English exam ("Test of English for International Communication"), which evaluates their written and listening comprehension skills. In 2013, the average score was 883 (results ranging from 525 to 990) out of a possible 990 points.


Bachelors admission

Bachelor Degree Program (L2 & L3)

To apply for the 2nd and 3rd year Bachelor Degree program (L2 in Art Direction, Graphic Design & Digital Design or Interior Architecture & Design / L3 in Art Direction, Graphic Design & Digital Design or Interior Architecture & Design) students are required to pass an entrance exam (held once a year in June of each academic year) or by personal interview throughout the year (for international students this can completed be via Skype). Students are also required to present a selection of work in the form of a personal design portfolio presenting a range of sketches, drawings, design projects.

The one-day entrance exam is made up of both ability and achievement tests. There are 2 tests in total and each one takes approximately 4 hours to complete. The ability tests are designed to measure a student’s drawing ability, design skills and creativity.

International students must have a basic level and understanding of the French language in order to participate fully in our Bachelor Degree Design programs.

For international students, the annual school fees 2015 / 2016 (L2: 8,960 € and L3: 10,860 €) must be included in the application (see list of documents in the L1 section).

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