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The CAD (College of Art & Design) is a private college of design located in Brussels. Founded in 1961, the CAD is one of the few art colleges in continental Europe to offer Anglo-Saxon education in the fields of interior architecture, design, communication, graphic & digital design, art direction, UX design, motion design and 3D image design.

The CAD is basically a school for creative people.

Practice is the basis of its teaching method.

CAD’s Teaching Method

The teaching method is Anglo-Saxon, that is based on practice. There is almost no theoretical class. Students are supervised only by great professionals, active and renown in their sector. Students perform exercises very close to those they will meet in their future professional life.

The teachers work with the student on the basis of his initial idea. This method is very motivating because the student is confronted, from the first year on, with the real problems of his future job. This method requires a very important supervision, and this is one of the great strengths of the CAD: ± 150 students are supervised by ± 50 teachers.

The CAD is a college with a human dimension. The classes are made up of a small number of students, which ensures a personalised follow-up and a “familial” atmosphere very appreciated by the students who feel supported.

The students carry out many internships in companies, and this throughout their studies (almost a full year of internships over a 5-year programme). These successive internships allow the student not only to be confronted with the reality of his future professional environment but also to orient himself little by little towards the precise sector and the type of agency or design office that will suit him later.

The CAD, an International College

There are 24 nationalities among CAD students.

Classes are taught in English. The goal of the CAD is for its graduates to be bilingual and to be able to practice their future profession all over the world.

The international mentality is also developed through study trips as well as workshops, abroad and in Brussels, with guests from other European schools. Finally, the many internships, some of which must be completed abroad, also make the CAD a unique place to study by opening up to the world. The CAD has been a member of the CUMULUS Association since 2013. This organisation brings together some 250 public and private art schools worldwide (http://www.cumulusassociation.org). One of the aims of this association is to help its members organise these international workshops.

As a result: 98% of CAD graduates find their job all over the world in less than 4 months.

NB: It should be noted that in France as in Belgium, private colleges can not use the words BACHELOR and MASTER. We therefore speak of 1 ° CYCLE (3 years – 180 ECTS) and 2 ° CYCLE (2 years – 120 ECTS). The awarded degrees may correspond with Bachelors and Masters but are not state diplomas.

Yearly schedule: practical projects, study trips and internships

The classes are taught in English. Along the cursus, there are a lot of international activities.

Year 1

  • Summer school: 2nd, 3rd and 4th weeks of September
  • Start of Academic Year, last Monday of September or first of October
  • During the first quarter: every Friday, cultural visits in Belgium, France, Great Britain, Netherlands and Germany.
  • Study trip during the Easter break in New-York, Chicago, in an European city like Berlin, Barcelone, Madrid…

Year 2

  • Start of Academic Year, last Monday of September or first of October
  • Study trip during the Easter break in New-York, Chicago, in a European city like Berlin, Barcelone, Madrid… or in the Middle East.

Year 3

  • Start of Academic Year, last Monday of September or first of October
  • Workshop in Shanghai during the Easter break
  • 2 international multidisciplinary workshops with guest students coming from the UK, France and/or Italy

Year 4

  • 3-month internship anywhere in the world. Our students often go to the states, South America, Northern Europe, China, Australia, …
  • Start of Academic Year: Monday after the All Saints’ holidays
  • 2nd semester abroad: choice between 3 «studios»: São Paulo (Brazil), Shanghai (China) ou Pune (India)

Year 5

  • Start of Academic Year, last Monday of September or first of October
  • Choice among a list of possible workshops in Europe and the US during the Summer break
  • Two 3-month internships anywhere in the world between February and September
  • Graduation Party with the award of double diplomas in Nantes in September


The CAD prepares its students for the business world from the first year of study by incorporating internships throughout the course. Lasting a minimum of one week in the first year, internships grow longer over the years to reach a minimum of 3 months in the fifth year.

During the Postgraduate cycle (cycle 2) CAD students can also go to India, Brazil or China for an academic semester. These three big countries offer great opportunities for expatriate candidates.

The school has been known and recognized for 60 years in the professional world in Belgium and abroad.

Where are our alumni:

The alumni of the CAD are mainly found in Belgium and France (75%). A quarter of them work in other European countries and in the rest of the world (Lebanon, Morocco, Vietnam, China, etc.).

  • Belgium: 58%
  • France: 17%
  • Rest of Europe: 11%
  • Rest of the world: 14%

The former students are divided into several types of companies, among which we find architectural or interior design firms, advertising agencies, design firms or those more specialized in graphic identity. More recently the school has opened up to fashion and styling agencies.

Most represented companies:

  • Communication consulting agency
  • Design agency
  • Graphic studio
  • Architecture agency
  • Businesses of all types
  • Institutions
  • Media

A large number of former students are also free-lance workers, a common practice in the creative sector, whether in Belgium or abroad.

Brussels, the administrative capital of Europe, is very international today. The current practice of English is a reality, including in some companies located in Belgium. The CAD courses, which are entirely English-speaking, are an important asset for our students when integrating a company.

Preparation module for the professional world:

A specialized module during the Postgraduate course (cycle 2) prepares students for the professional world and trains them in the administrative procedures inherent in self-employed status. During this same period, students take 160 hours of business management courses including courses in accounting, taxation, entrepreneurship, law, professional ethics …