ECV – School of Visual Design in France

To succeed is to reveal ourselves together! At ECV, we are more convinced than ever that nothing great can be achieved alone. From the emergence of design thinking to the game art and animation industries, which are mobilising ever larger teams, creativity has become a collective sport.

Our trainers and teaching teams are all working towards a common goal, that of nurturing collective effectiveness in order to achieve full potential. To keep this promise, ECV offers a favourable structure and an environment conducive to openness to others. Here, the diversity of knowledge and cultures is celebrated and translated into inestimable strength.

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Our Values

Teaching excellence

The ECV pays particular attention to the quality of its teaching and its teaching staff, which is made up of professionals who are recognized and distinguished in their field. Close and privileged exchanges with the agencies feed and develop the teaching content.


In a profession that has become borderless, training creative people who are mobile and open to the world is essential. ECV encourages its students to undertake internships abroad and to take advantage of university exchange agreements, by participating in international networks and events. The creation of programmes that respond to international issues within ECV Paris itself helps to enhance the school’s reputation and international standing.

Network and recognition

The ECV has privileged relationships with agencies and major professional organisations, which are strengthened by the presence of its graduates in many sectors throughout the world. These relationships are invaluable for the future of our students.


At the heart of ECV’s teaching methods is work on real case studies from partner companies. These projects, which are selected for their school-company collaboration, enable students to come face-to-face with the realities of the workplace and its demands.

Why study trend research and the creation of lifestyle concepts in France?

  1. Work on meaningful creative concepts that improve quality of life.
  2. Learn how to combine your creative skills with your social responsibility and professional skills, both on the course and during work placements
  3. Work on real practical challenges for clients in the practical field, both for-profit and not-for-profit.
  4. The programme offers you both a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, while developing your own vision.
  5. Be part of an international programme, with a view to extending your career beyond the borders of your own country.

French Programmes

ECV school is present on 5 campuses in France : Paris, Bordeaux, Nantes, Lille and Aix-en-Provence. Every year, it trains 2,700 students enrolled in Foundation Year, Bachelor and Master programmes:

  • DESIGN (Graphic Design, Interactive Design, Advertising, Design & Typography, Design & Strategy, Interior Design & Scenography),
  • ANIMATION (2-D and 3-D Animation Cinema, VFX),
  • GAME (Game art & Game design)
  • DIGITAL (Webdesign, UX/UI, Webmarketing, Development)

English Programmes

Bachelor Graphic Design

After learning the basics in Foundation year , students in years 2 and 3 of the Design curriculum are introduced to new techniques and tools, enabling them to carry out their first projects in publishing, visual identity, advertising and digital. In the second year, students discover new subjects such as motion design, typography and page layout. These will provide the vocabulary that is essential for visual communication applications.

The 3 rd year of the bachelor’s cycle in graphic design, taught entirely in English, allows students to deepen and synthesize the skills they have acquired. The core subjects of the Bachelor’s programme are still present, but the subjects are more complex and involve a more global approach to artistic creation. Students are required to work in teams, and to present and defend their creative projects in front of juries.

International Master in Art Direction

The International Master: Graphic Design for Art Direction is a two-year course taught in English, aimed at creative profiles wishing to pursue an international career. The course enables students to explore art direction, graphic design and visual communication through the prism of foreign countries. The course meets a growing demand from professionals for employees with profiles that are open to the world, with a more cross-disciplinary approach to the design professions, capable of managing teams and responding to projects with a global vision.

The programme is based on a teaching method centred on projects organizedinto 7 6-week modules. Each module offers an in-depth analysis, from a multicultural perspective, of a geographical area, a societal theme and business expertise.

How to apply?

Applications for the ECV are open from October. Places are limited until the end of September, subject to admission conditions. Admission to the ECV is based on an interview and presentation of an application file.

Students who are EU nationals or French national

If you are a national of a country in the European Economic Area (EU plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) or Switzerland, you do not need to obtain a student visa to study or do a work placement in France. You are free to enter France whatever the duration of your stay or studies.

Non-EU students

You need a student visa to study or do a work placement in France. Your final admission is conditional on obtaining a VISA at the end of the admissions process. For more information:

Request for admission

Following your request for an online or phone appointment, you will be contacted within 24 to 48 hours to schedule the date of your admission interview remotely.

Preparing your application

Before the interview, you must prepare your complete application file with the requested documents:

  • a portfolio of your personal work
  • a letter of motivation,
  • your most recent report cards and/or diploma
  • a CV

For full English programme:

  • Level of English: B2 equivalent
  • IELTS 5.5 – 6.0
  • TOEIC – Total 785 – 940
  • Cambridge English Scale 160 – 179
  • TOEFL iBT 72 – 94
Admission Interview

The admission interview will allow us to assess your motivation, your project, your level of general and artistic culture, and to discover your creative universe.

Application form

After the admission interview, you will be informed of the decision within a maximum of 8 days. This decision is valid for all of our campuses.

An enrollment form will be sent to you by email with a link to the 100% online admission platform. To confirm your registration, simply complete your personal information, sign all the required documents, and pay the registration fee*.

*These administrative fees are collected in the first year of registration. They may be deferred to the following year in case of failure to obtain a necessary diploma for registration. They are non-refundable and remain permanently with the school, even in the event of cancellation.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees can be paid in one, three, or six installments. Other payment arrangements may be agreed upon on a case-by-case basis. For apprenticeship programs, the company covers the tuition fees.

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