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 located in the Rue d'Ulm in Paris.

École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs
Former entrance to the royal school of drawing under Louis XV.
TypeGrande école
Established1766 – Royal Free School of Art
1877 – National School of Decorative Arts
1927 – National Higher School of Decorative Arts
AffiliationPSL Research University
DirectorMarc Partouche
PostgraduatesMasters, agrégation, Ph.D


The École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs played a major role in the development of the Art Deco design movement in the 1920s and in the creation of new design concepts. The School has an international reputation for its teaching in the fields of animation, photography, scenography, industrial design, communication design, interactive design, video, interior design, fashion, textile and engraving.


The E.N.S.A.D. has its roots in the École royale gratuite de dessin (Royal Free School of Design) founded in 1766 by Jean-Jacques Bachelier, confirmed in 1767 by letters patent from Louis XV of France. Its founder's aim was to develop crafts relating to the arts in order to improve the quality of manufactured goods. Through a rigorous and demanding apprenticeship in the Arts, the school strove to combine technique and culture, intelligence and sensitivity, so as to enable the more gifted artisans to develop into creative artists. After several changes of name, in 1877 the school became the National School of Decorative Arts (École nationale des arts décoratifs) before taking its present name of ENSAD (École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs) in 1927.


  • Léon Deshairs −1940 and 1943–1945
  • Léon Moussinac 1945–1959
  • Jacques Adnet 1959–1970
  • Michel Tourlière
  • Richard Peduzzi 1990–2002
  • Patrick Raynaud 2002–2008
  • Geneviève Gallot 2008–2013

Notable teachers

Notable alumni


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