ENSAD (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Decoratifs) in Paris is one of France’s most prestigious colleges of art and design
The École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris has its roots in the Royal Free School of Art (l’École royale gratuite de dessin) founded in 1766 by Jean-Jacques Bachelier (1724-1806), confirmed by letters patent from Louis XV in 1767.
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 (l’École nationale des arts décoratifs) before taking its present name of ENSAD (l’École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs) in 1927. It is now one of France’s most prestigious colleges of art and design.