As a higher education institute, ésam Caen/Cherbourg trains creators in the fields of art, graphic design and edition. It is one of the 43 French public Art and Design schools led by the Ministry of Culture, and a member of the national French art schools’ association (Andéa) as well as the Communauté d’Universités et d’Etablissements (ComUE) Normandie-Université.

Today’s art school is about new approaches, experimentation, community of artists, economy of production in a context of crisis but also about interpretation of our time beyond the issues of gender or medium. Training is voluntarily multidisciplinary and transversal at ésam Caen/Cherbourg.
Education focuses on the interconnection between theory and practice. Studies are organized through lectures, workshops, personal research, studio work, study trips and professional training. Teaching is provided by a team of 35 professors working closely with 14 specialized technicians. Guest lecturers are invited throughout the year to give conferences, workshops and seminars.
The school’s 250 students are following courses leading to European level diplomas :
- The Bachelor degrees (in Fine Arts or Graphic Design) which lasts 3 years ;
- The Master degrees in Fine Arts (with a major in Fine Arts and a major named “Master de Cherbourg”) and Graphic Design (with a major in Edition) which lasts 2 years.

Except for the « Master de Cherbourg » major, all degrees are taught on Caen campus.

Study scheme, course lists, course contents and schedules are available in the study book.

You can take a look at some students’ work on social media :


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On February 6th at the Frac Normandie Caen, Étienne Chary, songwriter and visual artist, presented a film set and musical called Catalogue, which set was created at ésam Caen/Cherbourg. On this occasion, five video clips involving various artists from his imaginary record label were shot by students of the school. They will be presented on May 15th in the school’s auditorium.


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Savignac et Trouville

This show presents the works of the Editions Master degree students, carried out during a workshop on graphic work from Raymond Savignac and Trouville landscapes, at the Villa Montebello.
Exhibition from April 6th to May 19th
Museum gallery, Villa Montebello, Trouville-sur-mer
Free entrance from Monday to Saturday 10:00am to 5:30pm, Sunday and holidays from 10:00am to 1:00pm

Participatory workshop

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For this last meeting at Caen Alexis de Tocqueville library, the Editions Master degree students will present the works of autors they would like to invite to the next Impressions Multiples, a fair dedicated to contemporary editionles taking place in December.
April 24th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Alexis de Tocqueville library
Modularium room (2nd floor)
Free entrance


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Bruit de fond

In the frame of a workshop led by Myriam Mechita and Julien Pelletier, and in resonance with the show XXL, estampes monumentales contemporaines presented by Caen Fine Arts museum, nine students from ésam Caen/Cherbourg have created an artwork made of five large wooden matrices engraved and inked in black. It will be presented in the galerie Mancel from May 25th to September 25th. With Amélie Asturias, Élisa Bertin, Lucille Jallot, Haniyeh Kazemi, Jéromine Lancial, Salomé Lapleau, Margaux Le Pape, Sonia Martins and Adèle Vallet.


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HOM(E) gathers the portraits of inhabitants of Thury-Harcourt made by ten students of ésam Caen/Cherbourg, in resonance with Élise Vigier’s show Portrait Richard Avedon – James Baldwin d’Élise Vigier. The exhibition will be presented from April 23rd to May 17th at the Comédie de Caen and then in Thury-Harcourt from May 23rd.


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From Sea to Sea

From March 8th to May 17th, 2019, 10 students from the Editions Master degree and 14 students from Plymouth College of Art (UK) are working together from the distance on the topics of liminality and shorelines - the distance between France and England. They are supervised by Tanya Rodgers and Juliet Bates in Caen, and Stephen Felmingham in Plymouth. At the end of the workshop, the projects will be exhibited - virtually or physically.


© Juliet Bates