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Preparatory class

Registration to PARCOURSUP is not required to apply to VIA FERRATA.

Admission to Via Ferrata is by an entry exam.


To apply, candidates must be aged between 17 and 23 on the 1st of September of the ongoing year, and hold a Baccalauréat or equivalent degree when registering.


The Director can grant a derogation, after consulting an advisory committee (which composition and operation mode he determines), for candidates without a Baccalauréat or equivalent degree, or non-registered in 12th grade in a secondary educational establishment the year before entering Via Ferrata preparatory course. In that case, please adjoin to your application file a handwritten letter bearing the words “demande de dérogation” (derogation request), to M. le Directeur des Beaux-Arts de Paris, in which you must state the motives of your request.


Foreign-language candidates must be able to attend Via Ferrata courses, that are only in French. Their language proficiency will be assessed during admission interviews. You don’t need to adjoin to your application file any document certifying your TEFL level or equivalent.


Physical attendance of candidates to the admission interviews is compulsory: there will not be any Skype interview.


Application modalities


The calendar and the terms of the selections are put online on the Paris Fine Arts website and on the VIA FERRATA website each year in January. The selections take place in April/May/June.

Candidates must send a complete application file (administrative file + artistic file) following the procedure set out in the calendar. After a first examination of the files, the selected students are called for an individual interview in front of a jury. The list of students admitted to the preparatory class is communicated at the end of these interviews.


Photo : Alexis Micallef