160

students coached by

55

teachers

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: ± 160 students are supervised by ± 55 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 (next academic start: 28/09/2020)
  • 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 a European city like Berlin, Barcelone, Madrid… or in the Middle East.

Year 2:

  • Start of Academic Year, last Monday of September or first of October (next academic start: 28/09/2020)
  • 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 (next academic start: 28/09/2020)
  • 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 (next start: 9/11/2020)
  • 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 (next academic start: 28/09/2020)
  • 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