Admissions begin at the CAD OPEN DAYS taking place in February and continue as space permits.
Note that there is no registration deadline given the presence of a “numerus clausus”.

For admissions to higher years, please refer to the bottom of this page.


To be eligible for the CAD, students must have a high school diploma (CESS, International, French or European Baccalaureate).


Candidates for entry to the CAD are preselected on file and selected on interview.

1st step:
Go to the registration form online

NB: Some candidates who have not followed an artistic course of study may nevertheless be accepted. If they meet the selection criteria, then they will have to take drawing classes by themselves and a “summer school” at the CAD in September before the start of classes. With rare exceptions, this “summer school” is also attended by most students who have already followed an art course before.

2nd step:
The CAD proceeds to a preselection.

3rd step:
If you are preselected, you are then rapidly contacted to arrange an appointment for the selection interview in Brussels (at any time from the Open Days at the end of February on). Exceptionally, this interview can be done via Skype or FaceTime for candidates living in a distant country.

For this interview, the candidate will bring with him:

  • A certificate of completion of last year of high school or a copy of the diploma (CESS or BACCALAUREATE all series + other possible diplomas);
  • A copy of the grades of the last 2 school years;
  • 1 recent passport picture;
  • A double-sided copy of the identity card or passport;
  • A possible add-on to the artistic file


The CAD expects of the student that he has creative potential, is motivated and mature enough to undertake studies that require personality, creativity, curiosity and openness. The CAD selects young people who have a real personality and have “things to say”.

In addition, during this interview, and this is very important, the candidate’s level of general and artistic knowledge will be examined.


The CAD is an institution with an international orientation. As a result, classes are taught in English. This is the reason why the student must speak and read this language fluently. For those whose mother tongue is not English, the level (as a second language) attained in high school is generally sufficient to start the first-year programme. The programmes are structured to reach in 2 years the required level if the student participates in all the courses, follows the English classes and carries out all the requested tests.

At entry, candidates must have an equivalent level of 5 pts in overall band score at the IELTS test (level usually reached at the end of high school). During the selection interview, the motivation questionnaire will be presented in English. An evaluation test will be organised at registration.



This direct access to the 2nd year is reserved for students who have had at least one successful year in a college of arts, did a PREPARATORY year or a BTS in visual communication, advertising and graphic design or in product, communication, space and volume design.
Note: the entry level of English must be of 6 pts in overall band score at the IELTS test.


This direct access to the 3rd year is reserved for students who have completed at least two successful years in a college of applied arts in a similar field.
Note: the entry level of English must be of 7 pts in overall band score at the IELTS test.


The selection is personalised and is done during an interview during which the candidate will present his complete curriculum (year by year), his academic record and a book or portfolio to eventually integrate the programme at the appropriate level. He may be asked to complete a specific project to better gauge his skills.

Direct admissions to the Postgraduate (MA) Professional


This direct entry to the MA Professional PART TIME programme in one of the 4 programmes offered is open to students or working professionals wishing to add a complementary technical skill to their CV.
Admissions are open from January of the year for the start of the school year in October. There is only one intake per year.
Students or professionals can continue to work in a company or on a freelance basis during this year of study.
These programmes are reserved for people with at least a first degree in communication, creation, design or fashion or with 3 to 5 years of professional experience in the targeted field or a related field. The level of English is not selective for these programmes.


The selection process is personalised and is carried out during an in-person or remote interview during which the candidate will present his/her CV (year by year), his/her academic and/or professional record and a portfolio corresponding to his/her activity over the last 3 years.
The candidate’s integration may be conditioned by the completion of a refresher course in September before joining the programme.