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École Européenne Supérieure D'Art de Bretagne (ÉESAB)


Please contact Kathleen Hansen for application details.


Please contact:
Kathleen Hansen
Assistant Director 
Overseas Studies & Exchanges
Phone: (585) 389-2673
Office: G-119

École Européenne Supérieure D'Art de Bretagne (ÉESAB)

École Européenne Supérieure D'Art de Bretagne (ÉESAB) was founded in 2010.  It comprises the four higher schools of art of the towns of Brest, Lorient, Quimper and Rennes, with a total of nearly 900 students, making it the largest school of art in France.

There are four objectives for the students while studying at ÉESAB which are practicing artistic skills on a daily basis, generating their own working and research methods, developing their critical analysis abilities, and discerning their relationship with the world.

There are three program options at ÉESAB: Art, Design, and Communication.  

Art Option

The Art option focuses on artistic creation, the objectives and methods of which are set voluntarily by their author according to his or her personal commitments, be they aesthetic, social, political, etc. Brest places the emphasis on exhibition practices in their most inventive forms.  Lorient encourages reflection on the dimension relating to the writing of images (drawing, photography, computer graphics, and videography), the practice of narratives and literatures, the image and the public space.  At Quimper, the unique Art option offers teaching on all practices, combining a strong collective dynamic (platforms) and the student’s personal artistic research.  At Rennes, teaching focuses on experimentation, investigation and openness to all forms of expression.

Design Option

At the beginning of this 21st century, good design should have a useful role to play, it should show that the world is better with it, rather than without it; that life can be fairer, simpler and more enjoyable.  ÉESAB offers a methodology, which systematically encourages research, through projects, taking the subject a step further, and using creativity, to enhance the relationship of man with his environment, with objects and their use. Brest concentrates on the object and its concrete relationship with the external world.  Rennes works on a multidisciplinary theme underpinning design, namely sociability, covering three aspects: the town, the landscape and the object as well as scenography and digital technology.

Communication Option

Focusing on communication signs and signals and the relationship between text and image, this option examines profes­sional questions of commission and acknowledgement in the contemporary social and cultural context.  It also places the empha­sis on personal creation enabling future graduates to envisage an independent artistic career in the disciplines of graphics, typogra­phy and photography or illustration and the audiovisual arts.

In this option, Lorient prepares students for a diploma (DNAP) in Graphic Communication.  Rennes offers a DNAP and a DNSEP in Communication, with two separate majors: “Graphic Design and Edition” and “Author’s Edition – Media Events”.

EESAB has a strong commitment to art and design in a number of environments in partnership with the European University of Brittany (Brittany Higher Schools Headmasters’ Conference, the University of Western Brittany, the University of Southern Brittany, Rennes University 1, and Rennes University 2) and with other academic partners in France as well as ties with numerous companies.

Current lines of research :

- Low definition (Internet space)

- Immediate Self-archiving as an Academic Activity

- The Extreme Territories

- Variable Geographies

- Subterranean

- Graphic Design Archives and Collections

- Using Walls, Curatorial and Exhibition Practices

- Design and Digital Technology

- Painting Network

- Art and the Public Sphere

The European School of Art-Brittany is accredited by both the Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. 

Program Details

Application Deadlines


Costs and Financial Aid

Students pay Nazareth College tuition and retain their full Nazareth financial aid packages (excluding work study and room grants).

Living Accommodations

Students are responsible for arranging and paying for room and board. They may choose to live in private rental accommodations near their campus; utilities and food are not included.

Travel Visa and Other Documents

Once you have been accepted to the program, ÉESAB will contact you with visa application procedures.

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