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Academic institutions

The School strives to provide an education that engages with society and the world.
  • HEC Paris and the École nationale des Ponts et Chaussées EnsAD
  • The École des Arts Déco and MIT initiated a partnership in 2010 EnsAD
  • International Bamboo Studio, in partnership with the National Institute of Design of Ahmedabad, India EnsAD



In this respect, partnerships are unique opportunities for initiating intelligent, pragmatic, and creative dialogue between professionals and students, so that they can develop together, enriching each other's points of view, and renewing forms of creation.
The School strives to work in close collaboration with institutions of higher-education that offer economic, scientific, or artistic education and training, in order to further exchanges of knowledge and practices and to encourage dialogue and the debate about ideas.
By decompartmentalizing their teaching, higher-education institutions enrich their students' experience, proposing a constantly renewed framework for creation.
This partnership approach is clear in the creation of the "Paris Sciences et Lettres – Quartier Latin" (PSL) research university in the heart of Paris, bringing together 16 institutions with more than 100 laboratories and 14,000 students.


Partnerships can take the form of workshops or intersecting, as in the examples below:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
The École des Arts Déco and MIT initiated a partnership in 2010 on the creation of intelligent objects.
After "Hybrid Materials of the Future" and "Intelligent/Electronic Printmaking," in 2012, the two schools developed a research project on electronic experimentation with everyday objects: "Rebellious Chairs."
The goal was to create intelligent objects using electronics and to invent new ways of understanding creation. Six different teams pursued the experiment and gave presentations that opened up the field of possibilities and highlighted the students' inventiveness.

"International Bamboo Studio," in partnership with the National Institute of Design of Ahmedabad, India
This studio project explored the expressive potential of bamboo, its potential for innovative applications, and its possible artistic uses and expressions with high economic and ecological value.
French and Indian students worked in pairs on various creative projects.
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and Indian artist Shantamani contributed to the Studio.
Educational coordinator: Marc Thébault, professor at the School
This project was developed within the framework of the "Innovation & Expertise" program supported by the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation.

Partnerships uniting the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, HEC Paris, and the École nationale des Ponts et Chaussées
Groups consisting of one member from each School developed business-creation projects. The aim of this association was to compare skills and to encourage the exchange of practices and knowledge, allowing new ideas to arise from their complementary nature.
The projects were presented to a jury composed of the instructors involved in the program.

Each partnership is unique. Please feel free to contact us so that we can work with you to develop a project that responds to your goals.

The School thanks its 2012-2013 partners:
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki / Central Saint Martin’s School of London / École de la Chambre syndicale de la couture parisienne / EHESS /  ENS de Lyon /  Fachhochschule of Bielefeld / Gerrit Rietveld Academy / HEC Paris / Institut Français de la Mode / Realxtend Foundation / Laboratoire d’informatique de Lyon (Liris) / Lycée Lucas de Nehou / Massachusetts Institute of Technology / National Institute of Design, Ahmenabad / Parsons The New School for Design / Royal College of Art of London / Sciences Po Paris / University of Oulu, Finland / Université Pierre et Marie Curie / Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3 / Université Paris Descartes – Paris 5 / Université Paris 13 / Université Paris 10 / Université Paris 8

For more information:
Constance Laridan
Project Officer for project coordination and development
Tel: +33 (0) 1 42 34 97 10