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The Foundation Year in Applied Arts (MANAA) is the first year of the Design Bachelor’s degree, established by the French Ministry of Higher Education.

The Foundation Year in Applied Arts is the first year of the design bachelor program, established by the French Ministry of Higher Education. The goal of this intensive year is to help our student-designers develop their creative identity whilst they envisage their study options within the various design and artistic creation sectors available.

This program is strictly based on the framework provided by the French Ministry of Higher Education. As a complement, it also includes some interdisciplinary modules with a view to develop students’ autonomy as well as to help them define their creative project.

After the MANAA, students continue their studies in École de Condé by pursuing a Bachelor in Design, Illustration or Animation. They may also integrate an architecture school or a Fine Arts school.

PROGRAM +

The Foundation Year in Applied Arts (MANAA) follows the learning curriculum established by the French Ministry of Higher Education. It focuses on three main areas: drawing and artistic expression, design workshops, general and cultural modules.

 

MANAA WEEKLY CONTACT HOURS ECTS CREDITS
CORE MODULES
General knowledge and human sciences 2h00 3,0
Mathematics and applied sciences 2h00 3,0
English 2h00 3,0
Second language (optional) : Spanish, Italian 2h00 2,0
VISUAL ARTS AND ARTISTIC KNOWLEDGE
History of art 2h00 3,0
Analytical drawing and observation 3h00 4,5
Live model sketching 3h00 4,5
Visual expression (drawing, painting, modelling, sculpture, photography) 6h00 9,0
DESIGN - APPLIED ARTS
Graphic design 3h00 4,5
Spatial design 3h00 4,5
Product design 3h00 4,5
Fashion design 3h00 4,5
TOTAL 32h00 / 34h00 48 / 50
INTERDISCIPLINARY MODULES
Thematic workshops (photography, film, screen printing, etc.) 3,0
Project (long term project and specialisation) 3,0
Orientation tutorials 9,0
TOTAL 60 / 62

Educational content is subject to changes as a result of school organizational requirements, and, or, implementation of State guidelines

ADMISSION PROCESS +

The application process is based on an interview to grasp your project in terms of design. Applications are opened between November and July. However, given the number of applications, we recommend you apply before May.

In order to apply to the Foundation year in applied arts, you need a Baccalauréat or equivalent high school diploma.

International students may apply directly on our site’s dedicated page. We will be happy to assist them during this process.

AFTER THE MANAA +

The Foundation year in applied arts (MANAA) is mandatory for the following majors :

 

You may continue your studies with :

  1. Bachelor in design
  2. Bachelor in art & crafts (DMA)
  3. Architecture schools
  4. Fine art schools
  5. International schools in design or fine arts
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Where to find this program ?

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  • Paris
  • Lyon
  • Nancy
  • Nice
  • Bordeaux
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