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Entering the job market

The instruction provided by the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs is intended to help its graduates move into the careers of their choice. The school strives to encourage students' skills and the uniqueness of their talents throughout their entire course of study.



Various events are organized to this effect: in late January of each year, the School's 2-day Open House attracts 10,000 people. Specific exhibitions in France and abroad also present the Grand Projet diploma work that students produce for their diploma. 2012 included events at Le CENTQUATRE in Paris, as well as in Milan and Pantin as part of Designer’s Days; in Helsinki for the World Design Capital events; and screenings of graduates' animated films at the School and the Studio des Ursulines cinema.

Three years after they graduate from the School, 90% of graduates exercise a professional activity that corresponds to their qualifications.

Whether self-employed or salaried employees, the School's graduates enter professions related to image, space, and objects:

  • artistic director in publishing (exhibition catalogs, art books, children's books, etc.);
  • graphic designer (signage, publishing layout, visual identity, multimedia);
  • producers of video clips, video games, animated films; feature or documentary films for television and cinema;
  • photographer, video maker, camera, installations, post-production (editing, sound mixing, color grading);
  • press illustrator, publishing, advertising (children's books, comic books, posters);
  • interior architect (designing private or public spaces);
  • stage designer (theater, opera, film, exhibitions, events);
  • product designer (design and production of daily or luxury objects, for furnishing, home, public structures, packaging);
  • industrial designer (sport, mass marketing, automobile sector, etc.);
  • textile designer (furnishing, clothing);
  • fashion designer (ready-to-wear, haute couture);
  • accessories designer;
  • visual artist (installations, sculptures, art market, etc.).

The school maintains close ties with all of the professional spheres corresponding to its 10 departments of specialization.