Design of space / Architecture - Ecole Conte

Ecole Conte | Grande Arche - 1 parvis de la Défense - 92044 Paris - La Défense | 01 43 07 04 13


This general preparatory year is all about providing you with personalised support as you decide on your subject orientation.

High-profile art and architecture schools are the ideal springboards for a successful professional career – but in order to get into them, you need to go through a competitive process that can often be very demanding. Applicants are expected to undergo a preparatory year as a mandatory transition stage, and to acquire theoretical bases and solid practical skills as a way of defining their own creative universe.

For thirty years, Ecole Conte has facilitated entry for hundreds of students into the most prestigious establishments in France and abroad, with a success rate standing at over 90%.



Preparation in 1 year

Students are supported through all of their exams and tests. The artistic portfolio is fine-tuned and checked throughout the year, based on the student’s own theme. Once the subject has been received, students can work onsite to complete their artistic creation. They get to benefit from the infrastructure on the premises and the teachers’ support.

The teaching is both general and specific to the chosen specialisation, and is centred around three hubs:

– Technical study and drawing
– Creativity
– General and artistic culture

Depending on the subject, students might either be monitored on a continuous basis, or via quarterly grading. In addition, every student presents him or herself to a panel of teachers twice during the year during which the student formulates an oral defence of their work portfolio completed during the course.


Points clés duprogramme

  • Outdoor sketching / nude sketching
  • Multimedia infographics
  • Observation/volume/perspective drawing
  • Graphic expression and colour
  • Creative space/architecture/object workshop
  • Infographics/photo/video
  • History of art
  • English
  • Museum and exhibition visits
  • General culture
  • Preparation for competitive admission to higher education institutions


  • Architect
  • Designer of spaces
  • Landscape artist
  • Scenographer
  • Object designer
  • Product designer


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Admission procedure

Educational level required: Baccalaureat

Personal work portfolio: drawings, sketches, paintings, volume work, research, designs, photos etc

Qualities required: students are expected to have a solid artistic cultural background and be strongly motivated. The student is passionate and eager to learn, and regularly visits exhibitions. S/he also develops their own artistic capabilities through personal practise in drawing, painting or photography for example.

to register for

Foundation Year

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Application for admission