In accordance with the national guidelines for the COVID-19 epidemic, the two campuses of ésam Caen/Cherbourg have been closed since 16 March until further notice. However, the entire team of the school remains mobilized to ensure educational continuity for its students, preparatory class students and users from the general public sector. Faced with this health crisis and the necessary measures it implies, creation continues.


As a higher education institute, ésam Caen/Cherbourg trains creators in the fields of art, graphic design and edition. It is one of the 43 French public Art and Design schools led by the Ministry of Culture, and a member of the national French art schools’ association (Andéa) as well as the Communauté d’Universités et d’Etablissements (ComUE) Normandie-Université.

Today’s art school is about new approaches, experimentation, community of artists, economy of production in a context of crisis but also about interpretation of our time beyond the issues of gender or medium. Training is voluntarily multidisciplinary and transversal at ésam Caen/Cherbourg.

Education focuses on the interconnection between theory and practice. Studies are organized through lectures, workshops, personal research, studio work, study trips and professional training. Teaching is provided by a team of 35 professors working closely with 14 specialized technicians. Guest lecturers are invited throughout the year to give conferences, workshops and seminars.
The school’s 250 students are following courses leading to European level diplomas :
- The Bachelor degrees (in Fine Arts or Graphic Design) which lasts 3 years ;
- The Master degrees in Fine Arts (with a major in Fine Arts and a major named “Master de Cherbourg”) and Graphic Design (with a major in Edition) which lasts 2 years.

Except for the « Master de Cherbourg » major, all degrees are taught on Caen campus.

Study scheme, course lists, course contents and schedules are available in the study book.

You can take a look at some students’ work on social media :