Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts de Besançon
admission exams

Admission in 1st year
Admission to the first year is by competitive entrance exam. This entrance exam is open to all applicants who hold the baccalaureate or an equivalent diploma, who are in their final year of high school (your admission will be subject to obtaining your baccalaureate), who are in a preparatory class or who are enrolled in a post-baccalaureate program.

°Registration is done on Parcoursup:

December 20, 2022: opening of the informational website with the search engine for courses.

January 18, 2023: opening of the Parcoursup platform and submission of wishes

March 9, 2023 : deadline for the submission of wishes.

April 6, 2023 : deadline for completing your file and confirming your wishes.

From June 1, 2023 : launch of the main admission phase (responses from schools)

°Registration outside Parcoursup

January 18 and February 17 is possible for applicants without baccalaureate.
Exceptions may be granted by the Director for applicants without the baccalaureate, upon request and for exceptional reasons duly justified. You must contact the school. The request for exemption must be made before February 17, 2023 to

Procedure for the entrance exam :
The entrance exam takes place in two stages: eligibility and admission exams.

All the exams are held remotely.

Admissibility exam : Until April 6, 2023
Submit a motivation letter and a portfolio of work, no later than April 6, 2023 at 11:59 pm on a Dropbox link that will be sent to you by email.

Your portfolio must be representative of what you know how to do, and what you like to do: drawing, painting, sketching, sculpture, volume, photography ( non comprehensive list) ...

This file must include a motivation letter (1 page maximum) and your portfolio in a single file in pdf format - 10 Mb maximum for the whole file.

The name of your file must be (VERY IMPORTANT information) :
Your NAME First name Parcoursup number (example: DURAND Paul 12063032)

ONLY THE Applicants DECLARED eligible will take the written and oral exam (admissions exam)

April 26 or April 27, 2023 : The eligibility results will be communicated to you by email.

Admission exams :
May 3, 2023 - 9am to 1pm: Written exams : - Subjects will be sent by email at 9am. Applicants are invited to work on the subject in real time and to deposit it at 1pm on a Dropbox link that will be communicated to you on the day of the competition.

The written exam combines a general culture subject, an artistic/graphic exam and an exam in English. Duration: 4 hours
- General culture subject and artistic/graphic exam (two grades will be attributed for each exam) - each with a coefficient of 2
- exam in English - coefficient 1

May 4 or 5, 2023 : Oral exam: interview via videoconference with Jitsi Meet: - Coefficient 5 interview by videoconference lasting about ten minutes with a jury to discover the applicant’s personal work, motivation, curiosity and open-mindedness in relation to the artistic field.
In the context of the online exams, your file and a letter of motivation sent for the eligibility exam will serve as the basis for the discussion with the jury.

Registration fee for the competition: 55 euros.

All the information and practical details (Dropbox link, subject of the written exam on May 3) will be sent to you by email to the address you gave when you registered on Parcoursup or on your registration form for applicants who have been granted an exemption or who are registering outside Parcoursup. Be sure to give a valid email address and check your email and spam!

For more information :

Institut Supérieur des Beaux Arts de Besançon I 12, rue Denis Papin, 25000 Besançon I T. +33 (0)3 81 87 81 30