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Degrees and courses

Esam Caen/Cherbourg is a public school with around 300 students. Teaching methods include lectures, practical exercises in the different media and modes of expression, studio practice, workshops, individual research and professional training courses.
The study programme prepares students to take diplomas in the LMD scheme : DNA (Ba­chelor degree, equivalent to the Bachelor of Fine Arts) and DNSEP (Master degree). Two streams are offered to the students : Graphic Design and Fine Arts.
Teaching is provided by a faculty of 34 pro­fessors, representing both the theoretical and studio-based practices - they are all established artists in the field of contemporary creation and their professional activities represent a wide variety of skills and types of intervention. 13 spe­cialized technicians supervise the studios where the different techniques are learned.

For more information about our courses you can download our Course list 2017-2018


Academic calendar 2017-2018

28 September 2017 : Beginning of the first semester
23 December 2017 to 7 January 2018 : Christmas break
9 January to 9 February 2018 : First semester exams
12 February 2018 : Beginning of the second semester
26 February to 4 March 2018 : Winter break
23 April to 6 May 2018 : Spring break
28 May to 6 July 2018 : Second semester exams

Application for exchange students

To be able to apply to study at ésam Caen/Cherbourg as an exchange student, your home university must have a valid agreement with our school in your area of study. Talk with the International Office in your home university for guidance and useful information.
A dossier must be submitted to ésam International Office with the following documents :

  • a CV
  • a cover letter describing your study project
  • a portfolio of completed work and projects currently underway
  • the filled-in application form

Application deadline :

  • By 15 May for an exchange taking place in the first semester of the following year (October-January)
  • By 15 November for an exchange taking place in the second semester of the following year (February-June)

For more information you can download our information sheet.

Learning French

All courses at ésam Caen/Cherbourg are taught in French.
The Language training department of the University of Caen provides all year long French language programs designed to meet all needs and levels : full-time and part-time training, evening classes, upgrade courses before the academic year, summer courses, DELF/DALF certification.
The evening classes cost 250€ per semester (to be paid by the students).

More information is available here :

Erasmus and Internationals in Caen also allows foreign students to practice French through their mentoring system and multilingual meetings.

Preparatory year : French and Art

ésam Caen/Cherbourg and the University of Caen have developed a joint one-year preparatory programme in order to prepare foreign students for Art studies in French.
Candidates are selected on the basis of their study project and are preregistered both for the preparatory training (DUEF - Diplôme Universitaire d’Etudes Françaises) and for immersion at ésam Caen/Cherbourg. They must justify an acquired A2 level of French at the time of registration.
During the DUEF, the students follow French courses in order to reach the B2 level (as required by the French universities) as well as “French for art studies purposes” modules. These modules prepare the students for future art courses by developing their language skills in accordance with the studies at ésam Caen/Cherbourg and by proposing progressive periods of immersion in the school. At the end of the preparatory year, provided they succeed, students are awarded the DUEF for both B1 and B2 levels and they can pass the entrance exams for ésam Caen/Cherbourg.
More information on the University of Caen website
To apply you must register on Campus Art

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