Design & graphic arts
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.
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|
|General knowledge and human sciences||2h00||3,0|
|Mathematics and applied sciences||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|
|TOTAL||32h00 / 34h00||48 / 50|
|Thematic workshops (photography, film, screen printing, etc.)||3,0|
|Project (long term project and specialisation)||3,0|
|TOTAL||60 / 62|
Educational content is subject to changes as a result of school organizational requirements, and, or, implementation of State guidelines
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.
The Foundation year in applied arts (MANAA) is mandatory for the following majors :
You may continue your studies with :
Where to find this program ?
The foundation year in applied arts – MANAA aims at helping student-designer developing their creative identity whilst they envisage their study options within the various design and artistic creation sectors available.
After the MANAA, students continue their studies in Ecole de Conde by pursuing a Bachelor in graphic design, spatial design, product design or fashion design. They may also integrate a Bachelor in illustration or film animation.
At the end of the year, students get 60 ECTS credits recognized by the European Accreditation Board of Higher Education Schools (EABHES)