Beaux-Arts international

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Two cities, one school



: HAB Galerie, Quai des Antilles, Nantes, photo Le Voyage à Nantes, 2017
HAB Galerie, Quai des Antilles, Nantes, photo Le Voyage à Nantes, 2017
Located in the heart of the creative district of the city of Nantes, our school participates and benefits from a large-scale artistic and cultural influence. This situation actively contributes to the development of a pole of excellence / artistic innovation within the network of schools on the island of Nantes dedicated to architecture, communication, design and digital.
4,300 m² of workshops are dedicated to research and experimentation in all areas of visual arts: construction, image and print. 419 students (30% of whom are international) and their teaching teams occupy the spaces dedicated to higher education and artistic education.
Open to all, the public area of more than 900 square meters includes a resource center, an art gallery and a collection of contemporary art, an amphitheater and a library specialized in art.
Visit by Franklin Azzi, 4min 52, director: We Are Content(s), 2018




Suites de Triangles, Saint-Nazaire, Felix Varini
Suite de Triangles, Félix Varini, Saint-Nazaire, photo Marc Launay
Saint-Nazaire has been labeled a city of art and history. A well-deserved distinction for this city at the mouth of the Loire, which pays particular attention to the link between heritage and creation. In particular, by developing art in the public space, as underlined by the Estuary route of the Voyage à Nantes
The School of Fine Arts of Saint-Nazaire has existed since 1985, and has of course participated in this desire for artistic influence of the territory, to form with Nantes the metropolis of the arts. 1000m² of space are available for artistic and cultural practices: drawing, painting, ceramics, engraving, sculpture, multimedia. The Beaux-Arts de Saint-Nazaire also has kilns for firing ceramics, an engraving workshop with two intaglio presses, a digital workshop, high-performance audiovisual equipment, etc.
The establishment will soon be moving to a central artistic location in the heart of the city, alongside the Theatre, opposite the multidisciplinary venue Le Life.
Saint-Nazaire Tourism Office

Artistic pooling

On the Nantes-Saint-Nazaire axis, a territory rich in the works of art of Estuaire, the geographical and disciplinary proximity of the two establishments and the growing needs for higher artistic education have led the Nantes School of Fine Arts and the Saint-Nazaire School of Arts to join forces and pool their resources within the same EPCC: the Beaux-Arts Nantes Saint-Nazaire


Carte Estuaire

The Beaux-Arts Nantes Saint-Nazaire is also :

  • a rich artistic program of exhibitions and events
  • workshops with international artists
  • conferences open to all
  • a library of 25,000 books
  • partnerships with the Nantes Museum of Art, the Lieu Unique, the Frac des Pays de la Loire, Trempolino, etc.
  • A network of alumni around the world.
and much more...

5th best art school in France - Created in 1904

Placing the singularity of the student's artistic practice at the heart of the training process, the Nantes Saint-Nazaire School of Fine Arts is a place of experimentation, production and invention. Recognized for its international dynamism and innovative spirit, the school trains artists, facilitates professional integration and contributes to the influence of the young contemporary art scene.


The international dimension is at the heart of the École des Beaux-Arts Nantes Saint-Nazaire, which welcomes students of various nationalities and encourages its students to go abroad throughout their studies. In 2021, 29% of the school's students will be international.

In addition, many foreign speakers (artists and professionals) are invited to lead classes and workshops throughout the year.


Join Beaux-Arts International

Since 2015, the school has been offering training programs adapted to international students under the name Beaux-Arts International.

These programs include a personalized welcome (visa procedures, housing, banking, etc.), a reinforced learning of the French language as well as a refresher course in art or design. The courses are taught by a team of international artists and professionals with a strong intercultural sensitivity.
Students continue their studies at the Nantes Saint-Nazaire School of Fine Arts or go on to other art or design schools.

The programs of Beaux-Arts International :

Licence 1 - API
Programme International Equivalence PIE


Study mobilities

to come on exchange or go abroad

Students from our partner institutions can apply to their institution to come to the École des Beaux-Arts Nantes Saint-Nazaire for one or two semesters of academic exchange.
Students from the school can go to one of these institutions.

Our school thus encourages international mobility, thanks to various mobility and funding schemes (Erasmus +, Envoléo, Ofaj and school scholarships).

In 2021, the school has 36 partnership agreements with partner institutions of higher artistic education in 22 countries. Students can go to one of these partner destinations for one or two semesters of study.

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Discover our campuses

Numerous short and medium-term educational stays are offered to students. Destination: our international campuses: Marfa (USA), Asia (South Korea) and Dakar (Senegal).

These research sites are above all platforms for debate, research and production that engage students, artists and researchers in multiform exchanges.

Fieldwork Marfa

In 2019, the school founds Fieldwork Marfa Consortium, a network of 9 art schools engaged in joint educational and research projects in Marfa, Texas.
This consortium brings together three North American institutions: CalArts, California Institute of the Arts, USA; University of Houston, Texas, USA and Concordia University, Montreal, Canada;
two European institutions Glasgow School of Art, UK and HEAD - Geneva, Switzerland;
four French institutions Beaux-Arts de Paris, Atelier de Sèvres, Beaux-Arts Nantes Saint-Nazaire and Université de Nantes.

The Beaux-Arts de Nantes Saint-Nazaire is also an active member of the ELIA network (European League of Institutes of the Arts) which brings together 250 art schools in 41 countries (mainly in Europe). ELIA regularly co-organizes events in the form of colloquiums or conferences.



Erasmus +

The Beaux-Arts de Nantes Saint-Nazaire is a signatory of the Erasmus+ Charter and participates in the Erasmus+ program which supports the mobility of students, teachers and staff in higher education in Europe.


ELIA (European League of Institute of the Arts)

The Beaux-Arts de Nantes Saint-Nazaire is also an active member of the ELIA network (European League of Institutes of the Arts) which brings together 250 art schools in 41 countries (mainly in Europe). ELIA regularly co-organizes events in the form of colloquiums or conferences.