Foundation Year


The Introduction to Space course is aimed at:
• students preparing admission to a school of fine art, the applied arts or architecture. To be admitted to these public or private schools one has to pass a competitive entrance examination or selection process. This presupposes maturity, the ability to assert one’s personality, and specific skills demonstrated in a personal work portfolio. The course, focussed on space and product, enables the acquisition of these competencies
• professionals seeking to broaden their competency through additional training in creative fields.


The Introduction to Space Course can be attended for the full year or by 10-week module, choosing a particular thematic workshop. The 720 annual tuition hours run from early September to late May. Each week comprises up to 23 hours of tuition.

Pedagogical structure

The Introduction to Space Course enables experimentation and the acquisition of knowledge and skills through:
• tuition in the techniques, materials and formats of drawing, the indispensable tool for representing and developing an idea
• courses in the history of the decorative arts based on selected iconography and commentaries
• thematic workshops providing frameworks for cultural discovery and formal experimentation: colour, volume, models, representation, photography, etc.
• a ‘free’ workshop, in which students can pursue and develop a personal interest of their choice
• an end-of-year module focussing on the preparation of a work portfolio and its oral presentation
• interventions by specialists and visits related to the thematic workshop in progress.

Three Study Themes, during two semesters

Thematic workshops explore multidisciplinary approaches to experimentation with space and product in all their complexity and richness: the fine and applied arts, literature, film, theatre and music all play their part in our understanding of our sensibility and the development of the imagination.

Theme 1: Personal Space: the body, sensation, perception, movement
Our discovery of our environment is based on our perceptive awareness. The different ways of seeing, hearing, tasting, touching and feeling shape our idea of the world.

Theme 2: Daily Practices: space and life at home
Our gestures, objects and rituals measure and determine our domestic environment, from our ‘intimate’ to our ‘social’ body, from room to house, to street and district.

Theme 3: Urban Environment: strata and transversalities
The urban environment is the result of a slow and stratified maturation. Throughout the world, it is the field of intervention and experience of diverse professions with convergent skills (architects, geographers, landscape designers, engineers, artists, filmmakers, poets) using their specific techniques, tools and vocabularies.

École Camondo, 266 bd Raspail, 75014 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 43 35 44 28