Both of these preparatory classes allow you to acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge to integrate a Bachelor’s degree program or a diploma in Applied Arts, whether you hold a literary, an economic, a scientific or a professional high school diploma.
Choosing the right preparatory class means giving yourself the opportunity to access all the trainings in Applied Arts at ESMA. The quality of both our Design Preparatory Class and of our class of MANAA, translate itself into the excellent results our students encounter in their final examinations, and into their successful professional integration.
Students wishing to join these courses are selected after a motivational interview and a study of their academic record.
The difference between our two preparatory cycles
The difference between our two preparatory cycles stands in the absence of scientific teachings and in the strengthening of drawing in the Design Preparatory Class. The class of MANAA meets the requirements of the program defined in the Order of July 17th, 1984.
In both cases, the artistic practice is at the core of the program : plastic expression, drawing, colour & form, visual arts… The goal is to allow the students to quickly acquire solid foundations in Applied Arts and drawing. These subjects will be reinforced by professional classes (Graphic Design and Space Design creation studios), where the students will experiment the disciplines of the two Bachelor’s degree programs ESMA offers.
Objectives & Job Opportunities
Under continuous monitoring, the class of MANAA and the Design Preparatory Class offer the students a unique opportunity to explore the world of artistic crafts.
The year of these two preparatory cycles ends with a final examination and an oral presentation of the yearlong productions, assessing the student’s achievements. This latter will also receive professional counselling according to his or her tastes and skills.
By means of plastic expression, drawing courses and artistic creation workshops, the class of MANAA & the Design Preparatory Class are specifically thought to improve the technical knowledge and artistic culture of the students, which will progressively acquire the necessary maturity, the subtleties of plastic expression, and the general & artistic culture that will serve them as a foundation throughout their curriculum.
In addition, the practice of applied arts will allow students to test their interests, and thus find their professional path.
NB – The BTS in Applied Arts should be the subject of an upcoming reform
The BTS in Applied Arts should probably be the subject of a forthcoming reform, aimed at merging the MANAA and the BTS in order to make it a new three-year Higher Education diploma. These organizational changes have not yet been officially published and this new training, if adopted, will not change the skills required to work in the field of Graphic Design, Space Design or any other Applied Arts.
Becoming a space designer, a graphic designer, an artistic director, a webdesigner or a 3D animator involves the development of both technical and artistic skills.
The class of MANAA and the Design Preparatory Class allow this transition : for a year, the students acquire the necessary basics, both in artistic and general teaching (only for the MANAA), in order to integrate a training program in art.
Research, experiments, pleasure, curiosity, discoveries… here are some notions that perfectly illustrate both of these year programs. Disciplines interconnections, transversal projects, conferences, study trips, visits to museums or exhibitions, bring the dynamics and the necessary synergy for our students’ fulfilment.
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Pursue your studies at ESMA
Choosing our Design Preparatory Class or our class of MANAA means giving yourself the chance to access all the trainings in applied arts ESMA offers : our Bachelor’s degree program in Graphic Design, our Bachelor’s degree program in Space Design and the 3D animation & FX training.