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Preparatory class

updated on 07/06/2022

Applications are closed for the 2022-2023 school year


Download the list of admitted candidates for 2022-2023 (FR)



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


For more information on the preparatory class:


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 competitive examination. To apply, candidates must be between 17 and 23 years old on September 1st of the current year and hold a baccalaureate or equivalent diploma at the time of final registration.


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


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

1. Application procedures

Registration to PARCOURSUP is not necessary to apply to VIA FERRATA


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


Due to the health crisis, the admissions procedures and schedule for Via Ferrata are subject to change. We would like to thank the candidates for paying attention to the announcements that we may publish on our website:


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


Applications exceeding the indicated 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 files by a jury, the selected candidates are called for an individual interview. The list of students admitted to the preparatory class is communicated at the end of these interviews. The physical presence of the candidates at the admission interviews is mandatory: no interview will be conducted by video-conference.


Candidates must submit their complete application (administrative file + artistic file) to the school's reception desk - open from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm - or send it by mail or by colissimo without signature, following the selection schedule, 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:

  • 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 enlighten your application.
  • a printed and duly completed ADMISSIONS information form (first two pages) that can be downloaded from the Beaux-Arts de Paris website.
  • a photocopy of an identity document (national identity card or passport).
  • a photocopy of the last diploma obtained (if a bachelor).
  • a photocopy of the 2021-2022 scholarship notification if applicable (documents and information on the PARCOURSUP website and on the CROUS website).
  • a proof of transfer of the amount of 26€ (twenty-six euros) corresponding to the participation fees for the admission tests. In order to make this transfer, candidates must individually request the school's bank account number by email at:
  • an envelope addressed to the candidate's postal address to allow the forwarding of the artistic file. ATTENTION: This envelope must be of an adequate size and with sufficient postage to allow the return of the artistic file. The return of the files by mail will be done from June 1st 2022.

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


- Candidates wishing to pick up their file in person may do so on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the school's reception desk.

3. Composition of the artistic file

  • The artistic file includes a maximum of 10 elements.
  • The artistic file is made up of personal works.
    The mediums (drawing, photographs, volumes, videos, etc.) are free.
    These works can be originals and/or photocopies/prints-scans of these works.
    The fact that only photocopies/prints/scans are submitted is not penalizing.
  • The elements contained in the artistic file will not exceed the 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 element.
  • Moving images and digital images are submitted on a USB stick.
  • All the works presented must be grouped in a single file, easily manipulated.

IMPORTANT: The artistic file must, as much as possible, reflect the candidate's technical abilities, but also his motivation, his creativity, his personality, and what drives and inspires him.


Registration to PARCOURSUP is not necessary to apply to VIA FERRATA


Due to the health crisis, the terms and schedule of admissions to via ferrata are likely to be modified. We would like to thank the candidates for being attentive to the announcements that we may publish on our website: