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Preparatory class - Admissions

List of candidates admitted for 2023-2024

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  1. How to apply
  2. Composition of the application file
  3. Composition of the artistic file
  4. Application calendar

For further information on the preparatory class : Via Ferrata


Via Ferrata is part of the APPEA network of public art preparatory classes:


Registration to PARCOURSUP is not necessary to apply to Via Ferrata


Entry to the Via Ferrata preparatory class is by competition. To apply, candidates must be between 17 and 23 years old on September 1st of the current year and hold a baccalauréat or equivalent diploma at the time of final registration.


For candidates who do not hold the baccalauréat or an equivalent diploma, or who are not enrolled in the final year of secondary education at the time of their application, the school management may grant an exemption, after consulting an advisory committee, whose composition and operating procedures it determines. In this case, please attach to your application a handwritten letter marked "request for exemption", addressed to the management of the Paris School of Fine Arts, in which you explain the reasons for this request.


Candidates who speak a foreign language must be able to follow the preparatory class, which is taught in French only. This level of French language proficiency will be assessed during the admissions interview. It is not necessary to attach a document proving the TEFL level or equivalent to the application file.


1. How to apply

Via Ferrata is part of the APPEA network of public art preparatory classes:


Registration to PARCOURSUP is not necessary to apply to Via Ferrata


Candidates must register administratively and pay the application fee of 26 € on the dedicated platform OASIS.


Candidates must then submit or send a complete application file (administrative file + artistic file) following the set procedure and timetable.


Applications exceeding the specified format will not be accepted. Incomplete applications or those sent after the deadline (as evidenced by the postmark) will not be examined.


After a first examination of the applications by a jury, the selected candidates are invited for an individual interview. The list of students admitted to the preparatory class is communicated after these interviews. The physical presence of the candidates at the admission interviews is compulsory: no interviews will be conducted by video-conference.


Candidates must submit their complete application (administrative file + artistic file) to the Via Ferrata office on the day dedicated to the submission of applications - or send it by post or by colissimo delivery without signature, following the selection calendar, to the following address


Via Ferrata Preparatory Class Competition - École des Beaux-Arts de Paris
14 rue Bonaparte. 75006 Paris


2. Composition of the application file

The application file must include :


- an artistic file.

- The following administrative documents:


  • The printed and duly completed ADMISSIONS information form (first two pages). You will receive this form once your administrative registration has been completed on OASIS
  • A handwritten letter of motivation, maximum two pages long.
  • This letter - of great importance for the jury - will explain your background, your desires, your singularities, your motivations to join Via Ferrata, to pursue your studies in the field of artistic creation, the artists whose work interests you and any element that could shed light on your application.
  • A photocopy of an identity document (national identity card or passport).
  • A photocopy of the last diploma obtained (if you have a bachelor's degree).
  • A photocopy of the 2022-2023 scholarship notification if applicable (documents and information on the PARCOURSUP website and on the CROUS website).
  • An envelope with the applicant's postal address for forwarding the artistic file. ATTENTION: This envelope must be of a suitable size and bear sufficient postage to allow the artistic file to be returned. 

These administrative documents - excluding the forwarding envelope - will be printed, stapled together, with the ADMISSIONS information sheet (first 2 pages only) on top.


3. Composition of the artistic file

  • The artistic file consists of a maximum of 10 elements.
  • The art file consists of personal works.
    The mediums (drawing, photographs, volumes, videos, etc.) are free.
    These works may be originals and/or photocopies/prints/scans of these works.
    There is no penalty for submitting only photocopies/prints/scans.
  • The elements contained in the artistic file must not exceed A3 format (42 x 29.7cm).
    Works in volume or exceeding this format will be shown in photographic form.
  • Sketchbooks, art editions, series of works on the same theme/idea are counted as one item.
  • Moving images and digital images are submitted on a USB stick.
  • All the works presented must be grouped together in a single, easily manipulated file.

IMPORTANT: The artistic dossier must, as far as possible, reflect the candidate's technical abilities, but also his or her motivation, creativity, personality and inspiration.


4. Application timetable :

  • Deadline for administrative registration and payment of the application fee on the dedicated platform OASIS

Monday 6 March 2023


  • Deadline for sending by post the application file (administrative documents + artistic file)

Friday 24 March 2023 (as per postmark)




  • Submission of the application file (administrative documents + artistic file), at the Via Ferrata office: École des Beaux-Arts de Paris, 14 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris:

Friday 24 March 2023 from 2pm to 5pm


  • Publication of the results of the preselection process on the School's website and dispatch of invitations to individual interviews by email

Tuesday 2 May 2023


  • For those candidates who wish to do so, date of collection of application files, Via Ferrata office: École des Beaux-Arts de Paris, 14 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris

Friday 12 May 2023 from 2pm to 5pm


  • Date of return of applications by post :

Friday 12 May 2023


  • Individual interviews with the jury for eligible candidates

Monday 22, Tuesday 23, Wednesday 24, Thursday 25, Friday 26 May 2023


  • Publication of the results of the final admissions to the Via Ferrata preparatory class :

Monday 5 June 2023


  • Deadline for validation of registration for admitted candidates

Friday 16 June 2023



NB: The School will need a suitably sized envelope with sufficient postage and the candidate's name and address on it in order to return the artistic file. This must be enclosed with the application file. Applications will be returned by post from 12 May 2023.


Candidates wishing to collect their application in person may do so on Friday 12 May from 2 to 5 pm at the Via Ferrata office: École des Beaux-Arts de Paris, 14 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris.


Applications that cannot be returned by post or that have not been collected in person will be destroyed as of 30 June 2023.




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