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Future career opportunities, in today’s competitive design world, depend on being aware of the current market trends on both a national and international scale.

With this in mind, Penninghen has established professional design courses aimed at preparing students for the constantly changing and diverging design sectors, both in here France and abroad. The core training programs are divided into 9 different sections: visual communication, editorial design (digital and print), branding, the moving image (within video, film & advertising fields), residential design, retail, hospitality & public services, events design, plus bespoke furniture and prospective design.

The key to success also lies in our student’s ability to work in a wide range of different design fields, encouraging a multidisciplinary approach, whilst keeping up-to-date with all the latest developments in new technology.

The main objective of our courses is to prepare tomorrow’s design professionals, giving them the key skills needed to successfully join today’s worldwide design market. Enabling them to think differently about design and creatively push the boundaries of their disciplines whilst developing the skills needed to become an imaginative and versatile designer who can work independently or as part of a team.

In order to encourage international exchange, Penninghen, co-founder of the Cumulus university network and founder and member of FDE (France Design Education), has put into place several European-approved degree training courses.

Also, thanks to our international student network, including our 2900 alumni students who now live and work around the world, we are able to ensure that our students are given the opportunity to start their professional design career within a wide variety of design studios, companies and agencies.

As Platon suggested “pedagogy is inextricably related to the polis. The learner and teacher are constituted by social, political, and economic bounds, and yet the 21st century polis is increasingly a world without boundaries”

Exchange students



May 15 for the 1st and 2 nd term or 1st semester
November 15 for the 3 rd term or 2 nd semester
May 31 for the whole academic year


Must enclose the following documents :

Incoming student application form
Curriculum Vitae
Portfolio of recent work, printed format A4 or digital
Learning agreement
Cover letter

All applications must be sent to :

Claire Panzer, international exchange coordinator

By e-mail:


By post:

31 rue du Dragon
75006 Paris

School Calendar 2017-2018

The academic year is divided into 3 terms or 2 semesters:

First term from September 18, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Second term from December 11, 2017 to March 10, 2018
Third term from March 12, 2018 to June 9, 2018.

Autumn Semester from September 18, 2017, to January 20, 2018
Spring Semester begins January 22, 2018, to June 9, 2018

There is generally a two-week school holiday at the end of October, Christmas, mid-February and Easter.


Students must have sufficient working knowledge of the French language in order to take advantage of studies at Penninghen.
Teaching is in French. However English is spoken by teachers and students. Tutors (French students designated by the school) will assist you during classes. Students who wish to study French are advised to enrol at the « Alliance Française »


The European Credit Transfer System is utilized at Penninghen. 20 credits correspond to one term of study (full-time course work), 30 credits to one semester, and 60 credits to one academic year.


Courses are organized on a full-time weekly schedule. Study involves approximately 30 hours of workshops and 35 hours of outside preparation.
The third and fourth year of study are open to exchange students (Course Catalogues: L3DA3, L3AI3, M1DA4 and M1AI4). The duration of programs may vary, but a minimum of two projects per course are completed during each term. The students are not free to organize their study program. A weekly schedule has been set up to conform to the requirements of professional practice and incorporates a diversity of disciplines.

In September and in January, a general introduction meeting will furnish all informations on your schedule.


The school cannot make housing arrangements for foreign exchange students. Students must find rooms or flats on their own. French housing legislation calls for one-year leases. Students who wish to stay only one term or one semester may have difficulties in finding short-term accommodation. List of addresses recommended by the school.

— Youth hostel:, Crous Paris, CIDJ

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— Flat sharing :,,,,,,

General Information about Paris

Classified ads

You may post a classified ad in the school premises provided you address it to the Penninghen Secretarial Office, ads for exchange of flats with incoming foreign students included.


In order to receive foreign students under optimal conditions, LMDE Social Security has put out information sheets in foreign languages. These documents are intended to clarify the Health Social Coverage system to students upon arrival.Information in English


A computer room and printers are available for all enrolled students. Students may use the school’s material but must pay for each sheet that is printed (A3 in color: 1 euro/page, A4 in color: 50 cents/page, A3 or A4 in black and white: 10 cents/page).

There is free access to internet & Wireless network in the whole school area

Mac and PC Software: Adobe CC. PC Software: Autodesk suite, Rhino, plugin V-ray

Photography laboratory and studio

Digital photography, color print A3, plotter 44'

Partners school



  • Faculty of Design, Swinburne University of Technology


  • University of Applied Arts, Wien




  • Finis Terrae Saantiago du Chili


  • Central Academy of Fine Arts CAFA, Pekin


  • LCI Bogota



  • Istituto Europeo di Design, Madrid
  • EINA, Barcelona
  • Escuela de Disseny i Art Elisava, UAB Universitat Autonoma Barcelona


  • Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallin



  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • University of Salford
  • The Arts Institute at Bournemouth


  • MOME Moholy- Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest


  • National College of Art and Design, Dublin


  • Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavik


  • Holon University of Technology, Tel-Aviv
  • Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Tel-Aviv
  • Bezalel, Jerusalem


  • Facolta del Design, Politecnico di Milano
  • Istituto Europeo di Design, Milan
  • Istituto Europeo di Desgn, Roma
  • Istituto Europeo di Desgn, Turin
  • University Degree of Industrial Design, University of Roma La Sapienza


  • Chiba University


  • Bergen National Academy of the Arts (KHiB)
  • Faculty of Design, Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO)


  • Design Academy, Eindhoven
  • Willem de Kooning Academy, Hogeschool, Rotterdam
  • Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam


  • Faculty of Industrial Design, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
  • Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow

Republique Tcheque

  • Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, Prague


  • Academy of Fine Arts & Design, University of Ljubljana


  • HDK Stenebyskolan (School of Design & Craft), Gothenburg
  • University Konstfack, Stockholm


  • Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Zürich
  • Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design de Genève


  • Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
  • Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver
  • School of Visual Art, New York
  • Scottsdale Community College, Phoenix Arizona

Cumulus Associaton - FDE

CUMULUS Association

Penninghen has been a member of the Cumulus network since 1991 and is co-founder of the Cumulus Association (International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media) created in Rotterdam in 2000. The association became worldwide in 2005 and now groups together nearly 200 different universities and art colleges.

Penninghen was also member of the Cumulus Executive board from 2001 to 2007, and sponsored admission for several French design schools: the School of Design in Nantes (2000), Strate College, Ecole Duperré, Ecole Estienne and Ecole Boulle (2002), Ecole Olivier de Serres in 2003, “ENSCI les Ateliers” in 2004 and the “Université de Toulouse Le Mirail“ in 2006.

Penninghen also organised the Parisian CUMULUS conference held back in May 2002, as well as the art exhibitions « European Way(s) of Life” at the Carrousel du Louvre” in Paris (2002) and “Lieu Unique” in Nantes (2006). 
The 2011 Cumulus conference, regrouping 169 of its members, was also held in France in 2011 including the French schools that make up the FDE Association (French Design Education).

FDE / France Design Education: studying design in France

In an industry that has become more and more globalised, France, at the heart of art, culture and innovation, is an ideal location to study design. The FDE groups together 14 of the most prestigious design schools in France (both private and public) that offer design courses recognized both on a national and international level. The strength of the FDE is also due to the fact that it is endorsed by a variety of different schools represented by the Minister of Education, Minister of Culture, or the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 

Members of the FDE in 2014  
Kedge International School of Design, Toulon 
Ecole nationale supérieure de création industrielle, ENSCI-Les Ateliers, Paris 
Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et Métiers d’Arts Olivier de Serres, Paris
ESADSE (Ecole Supérieure d’Art et Design), St-Etienne
Ecole Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré, Paris
Penninghen, école de direction artistique et d'architecture intérieure, Paris
ENSAD (Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs), Paris
Ecole Boulle, Paris
Gobelins, l’école de l’image, Paris
Ecole Estienne, Paris
L’Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique, Nantes
Strate Collège (industrial/product design), Sèvres
SDS (Sustainable Design School), Nice
Rubika, Valenciennes

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