NB: Some candidates who have not followed an artistic course of study may nevertheless be accepted. If they meet the selection criteria, they will have to take drawing classes by themselves and attend Summer School at the CAD in September before classes start. With rare exceptions, Summer School is attended by most students who have already followed an art course.
The CAD proceeds to the preselection phase.
Preselected candidates are rapidly contacted to arrange an appointment for the selection interview in Brussels (which can be at any time from the Open Days at the end of February onwards). If need be, this interview can be conducted via Skype or FaceTime for candidates who live in a distant country.
For this interview, candidates will need to bring:
- (CESS or BACCALAUREATE all series + other possible diplomas);
- A copy of grades achieved in the last 2 academic years;
- 1 recent passport picture;
- A double-sided copy of his/her ID card or passport;
- A possible add-on to the artistic file
The CAD expects of students to have creative potential, be 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 outlook. As a result, classes are taught in English. This is why students must speak and read English 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 so the required level is reached in 2 years, 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, a motivation questionnaire will be presented in English. An evaluation test will be organised at registration.
ADMISSION TO HIGHER YEARS
CONDITION OF ADMISSION TO THE SECOND YEAR
Direct admission to the 2nd year is reserved for students who have had at least one successful year in a college of arts, have completed 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 the overall band score at the IELTS test.
CONDITION OF ADMISSION TO THE THIRD YEAR
Direct admission 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 the overall band score at the IELTS test.
Selection is personalised and done in an interview, during which the candidate will present his/her complete curriculum (year by year), academic record and a book or portfolio to integrate the programme at the appropriate level. Candidates may be asked to complete a specific project to better gauge their skills.