École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs

École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs
École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs

The École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ÉnsAD, also known as Arts Decos’, École des Arts Décoratifs) is a public grande école of art and design of PSL Research University. The School is situated on Paris’s Rue d’Ulm.

The École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs was instrumental in the emergence of the Art Deco design movement and the development of modern design trends in the 1920s. Animation, photography, scenography, industrial design, communication design, interactive design, film, interior design, fashion, textile, and engraving are among the subjects taught at the School.

The E.N.S.A.D. has its origins in Jean-Jacques Bachelier’s École royale gratuite de dessin (Royal Free School of Design), which was created in 1766 and confirmed in 1767 by letters patent from King Louis XV of France. Its founder’s goal was to enhance the quality of manufactured products by developing arts-related crafts. The School aimed to combine technique and culture, intellect and sensitivity so that the more talented artisans could grow into creative artists through a rigors and challenging apprenticeship in the arts. After a few name changes, the school became the National School of Decorative Arts (École nationale des arts décoratifs) in 1877, before becoming the ENSAD (École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs) in 1927.


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