FLE-A (Français Langue Étrangère - Art)

THE SCHOOL —

Arising out of the tradition of French Schools of Fine Arts, the Ecole Supérieure d’Art Dunkerque-Tourcoing (Esä) welcomes 300 students across two campuses, one in Dunkirk and another in Tourcoing. The school offers a major in Fine Arts in which students are set on a specialized pathway to becoming contemporary artists, critics and creators.

The facilities of these two sites include:
- Professional workshops and ateliers supervised by a team of specialized technicians in the following fields; ceramics, molding, modeling, sculpture, wood, metal, screen printing, engraving, typography, drawing, painting, analogue and digital photography, sound, video and multimedia.
- Studio spaces that allow students to have a suitable place within the school to design and develop their personal projects.
- A library on each of the two sites offers access to a Reference Collection in the field of art history and theory. Materials include key theoretical texts, monographs, artist books, catalogs, DVDs and audio CDs.
- Galleries where international exhibitions, conferences, and artist talks are organized. This allows students to be immersed in a stimulating cultural environment that enriches their artistic research and practice.

DUNKERQUE—

Located in the heart of North West Europe, bordering the North Sea and close to the Franco- Belgian border, the Urban Community of Dunkerque is a territory composed of 18 municipalities and 210000 inhabitants.
The Dunkirk territory is first of all a coastline preserved of beaches and dunes over 15 km, seaside resorts, Malo-les-Bains to Bray-Dunes.
It is an industrial and port territory where the maritime tradition is anchored with several marinas and commercial ports.
The territory of Dunkirk also has a cultural heritage with several equipment dedicated to art with a Place of Art and Contemporary Action (LAAC), a Regional Fund for Contemporary Art, (FRAC Grand Large) a convention center, a stage live performances and fortified and historic cities.

 

TOURCOING—

Tourcoing is located in the heart of the Lille metropolis in the North of France. It is the third largest city in the Nord-Pas de Calais region with a population of 92,000. Rich in its textile industrial past, the "Cité du Broutteux" has largely undertaken an economic reconversion by investing in sectors that look towards the future, in particular the Creative Industries.

Full of talent and dynamic enterprises, Tourcoing shines through its abundant cultural life, open to all. It is enriched by iconic events that punctuate its local life, such as the Jazz Festival, the Giant Weekend, and nationally reknown cultural structures, such as the Museum of Fine Arts Eugène Leroy and the Fresnoy, national studio

of contemporary art.

THE EURO-REGION, LILLE - KORTRIJK- TOURNAI —

The school is located in the Euroregion of Lille, Kortrijk and Tournai ; the economic, political and cultural heart of Europe. Train lines allow rapid access to European capitals. If desired, a round trip to visit an exhibition in Paris, London, Brussels or Amsterdam is easily made in one day.
The rest of Europe is also easely accessible via the Lille - Lesquin airport.

FLE-A COURSE - FAST TRACK TO HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE ARTS —

The FLE-A course combines a set of language and art education modules for foreign students.
There are multiple objectives of the programme:
- Obtaining a B2 French language TCF certificate, which is a language

requirement for admission into all public higher education in France.
- Studies in essential artistic skills to smoothly integrate into the Art School

programme.
- Integration to French social-cultural etiquettes. The classes are immersive and take place on campus in Tourcoing.

COURSES THE PROGRAMME—

MODULE 1: FRENCH GENERAL LANGUAGE = 8 HOURS / WEEK
The French General Language module includes essential language skills for speaking and oral comprehension, writing and reading that are necessary for daily life and undertaking higher education in France. The course focuses on the use of linguistic tools such as grammar, phonetics and vocabulary to master written and oral communication. These skills are developed through interactive courses that include role play, presentations and written articles with the use of a variety of materials (hardcopy worksheets, video, audio and digital media). The course takes place both inside and outside of the school as needed.

 

MODULE 2: FRENCH CIVILIZATION AND ARTISTIC CULTURE = 4 HOURS / WEEK
In this module, students acquire French socio- cultural understanding through the study of the history and geography, the geopolitics of France in the world. These topics help frame an active inquiry on current affairs in French society. The module will also address major artistic movements and artists from 1870 to the present day, as well as major Western philosophical concepts that influence modern and contemporary artistic creation.

MODULE 3: PREPATATORY STUDY FOR HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE ARTS = 3 HOURS / WEEK

The objective of this module is to prepare students for the different entrance exams for French art schools. It also aims to associate the practice of language and art in the context of personal artistic practice. It includes a component focusing on the methodologies used for research in art practices and art history. The course particularly addresses the following processes: the conception and development of research topics, development of conceptual methods and methodological approaches, defining and constructing a body of work, the development of a hypothesis, research and constructing an argument.

 

MODULE 4: PREPARATION FOR TCF - (TEST DE CONNAISSANCE DU FRANÇAIS) FRENCH KNOWLEDGE TEST = 1 HOUR / WEEK
The purpose of this module is to prepare students for the TCF French Knowledge Test before the exam held at the end of May. By obtaining a B2 level on the TCF test, foreign students pass one of the compulsory requirements to enter into higher education in the arts. The module has a practical structure that includes practice tests and exercises that are complemented with individual feedback and corrections.

MODULE 5: ARTISTIC PRACTICES = 8 HOURS / WEEK
This module aims to develop coherence between theory and creation as well as develop continuity in individual artistic projects. The module familiarizes the student with various modes of exhibiting their work and discussing their practice orally.
By demand, this module will be an introduction to transdisciplinary contemporary art practices. The student will be able to experiment with multiple techniques such as drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, video, sound and new media. The module also includes museum and gallery visits prepared by French professors.

SERVICES—

ACCOMMODATION
During this academic year, the student is accommodated with the help of Esä partners for student accommodation (about € 300 - € 400).

 

AIRPORT RECEPTION
A staff member from Esä welcomes you to the airport at the beginning of September and takes you to your place of residence by coach. The date of the reception at the airport will be communicated by email after your registration.

HELP WITH ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES
• Registration at the OFII
• Registration for compulsory student health

insurance
• Opening a bank account
• Request for rent assistance
• Activating a French mobile phone number

ENROLLMENT—

CONDITIONS
Candidates must have a high school diploma and a minimum level of A2 in French.
Your application must include:
• A French language level certificate
• Copies of previous diplomas
• The application form complete with personal

details
• A cover letter

• A portfolio of artistic works (PDF, 10 pages maximum).

 

THE PROCEDURE

Registrations can be made on the Campus Art website from November to May 31. http://www.campusart.org/
or all year by request at international@esa-n.info

THE PRICE

The tuition fee is € 3500 for one academic year. This rate includes assistance with administrative procedures.

The tuition fees are to be paid at your arrival at school when you will complete your registration.

 

NEED FURTHER INFORMATION?
Write to: international@esa-n.info