Admission to the 1st year
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.
CONDITION FOR ADMISSION
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.
Download the ADMISSION FILE (button on the homepage).
Send your complete file (by email or mail) including:
- The administrative file;
- The motivation questionnaire (in English);
- An artistic file (selection of drawings, pictures, selected works).
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.
The CAD proceeds to a preselection.
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;
- 2 recent passport photos;
- 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 (gradually) 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.
Admissions to higher years
CONDITION OF ADMISSION TO THE 2nd YEAR
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.
CONDITION OF ADMISSION TO THE 3rd YEAR
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.