This preparatory class aims to facilitate access to the third year of the Bachelor’s program for students who need to acquire a good level of study in all subjects, including French expression, in order to pass the final exam.
It welcomes 20 to 25 students per year, aged 17 to 23, with a BAC +2 level, selected on the basis of their artistic file and after an individual interview.
From September to June, with approximately 35 hours of weekly classes, this demanding training immerses students in a dense artistic environment, designed to allow them to discover art, its practice and its history. They are invited to refine their orientations and motivations and to acquire the means to concertize them by experimenting with a wide range of techniques.
Throughout the year, students are offered a personalised follow-up, punctuated by assessments in the form of work presentations, in order to evaluate their approach and prepare them for the oral examinations. The teaching program includes practical courses oriented on the realization of artistic files for the competitions.
The teaching is given on the two sites of the school in Paris: it includes personal creation periods in a specific space and theoretical and practical courses on the main site. Students also take part in cultural outings, meetings and conferences, while benefiting from the school’s programming and facilities (libraries, studio and exhibition visits).


Degree: Certificate
Campus: Paris
Language of Instruction: French

Pre-requisites: Students who want to continue in bachelor/master

Session start: October / February
Duration: Depends on level of French (18 months max)
Professional Experience: 6-month internship (optional)


General French culture

Module reserved for foreign students to enable them at the end of the year to express themselves orally and in writing at a good level.

Art History / Modern and Contemporary Art

These courses offer students a rich, necessarily condensed, overview of modern and contemporary art through a review of the major movements and artists of these periods. They create bridges between the practices, works, and preoccupations of the artists, and their historical context. Students will find the knowledge necessary for their general and artistic culture.

Art History / 15th – 20th century

This course takes the form of lectures as well as visits that take place in direct contact with works from the collection of originals conserved at the Paris Art Museum. The curators of the École Supérieure Libre d’Art de Paris present students with a selection of works to accompany their classes and support their presentations on the artists and works concerned, their production context and their specificities. The historical periods covered are older and complement those of the modern and contemporary art history course.

Artistic practices, personal work and completion of the admission file

The art practice courses allow students to work on the realization of artistic projects and creations. Extended time slots allow students to deepen their work and to acquire autonomy through adapted production methods and themes. They prefigure the work situations they will be confronted with in the schools of the higher cycle.
They are also devoted to the realization of the artistic file in view of the entrance exams or entrance exams to the higher art schools. (Artistic practices approached: painting, drawing, sculpture, volume and photography, video)

Drawing from a live model

This course aims to develop students’ observation skills and to provide them with a solid technical foundation through the practice of life drawing.

Introduction to digital image processing / Publication, multiple, edition, artist’s book

At the School’s digital pole, students learn how to use computerised image processing software (DTP), which is essential in many areas of artistic creation (graphic design, photography, video, design, computer graphics, etc.).


1) Administrative Dossier
  • 1. Letter of motivation (maximum two pages)
  • 2. Copy of an Identity Document (national identity card or passport)
  • 3. Copy of last diploma obtained
  • 4. A stamped envelope (with the address of the student)

The candidate’s first and last names must be written legibly on the back of the check.

2) ESLAP Form

Downloadable on the website

3) Artistic Dossier (optional)

Max 10 original personal works and reproductions. Sketchbooks and artistic publications, even if they include several projects and achievements, are counted as one element. All drawing, painting, photography and reproductions must fit in a file that will not exceed the A3 format (42 x 29.7cm). Videos must be playable in .mp4 format. All the works presented must be grouped together in a single file, easily playable. Videos and digital images may presented on a USB key or via Google Drive link.