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ESA Saint-Luc Brussels

Interior design, graphic art, advertising, comics, social innovation design and game design

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Mission Statement

ESA Saint-Luc Brusselsis a place of learning and a workshop for creation and production, where generations of artists and designers are forged.

Its aim is to train creators under the guidance of theoreticians, professors and artist-researchers, with programs focusing on design, construction techniques, interior design, eco-design, innovative policies, new forms of graphic and visual communication and contemporary storytelling, including digital.

Programs that encourage both practice and reflection, with the aim of equipping students with a solid general culture and the critical tools they need to practice their discipline.

In addition, ESA Saint-Luc Brussels is actively involved in research programs, often in collaboration with Belgian or foreign academic partners, public administrations and public bodies supporting research and innovation, artist-researchers and cultural operators.


International Role

Beyond national and European injunctions, international relations are in today’s world one of the three pillars of artists’ training, along with pedagogy and research, even more so in light of an ever more open world.

Based in Brussels, a multicultural city and headquarters of the European institutions, and established in the international scene of comics, contemporary narrative, interior design, new forms of visual communication and innovative policies, ESA Saint-Luc Brussels has been developing a network of partners from many European and non-EU countries for over 15 years.

With a presence abroad through festivals such as those of Angoulême or Fumetto in Lucerne, fairs and networks such as Cumulus and Icomos, which contribute to its international influence, ESA St-Luc Brusselsalso encourages student mobility for study and internship purposes, as well as the mobility of its professors for interdisciplinary and research projects.

The school also organises international workshops and educational programmes outside our borders, for instance with the State University of Haiti in Cap Haïtien. ESA Saint-Luc Brussels also regularly welcomes external speakers.

All these initiatives offer students the opportunity to experience different pedagogical approaches, to open up to a transboundary world and to be aware of current and future changes. International experiences give them the chance to strengthen their intellectual curiosity, to evolve in a different cultural context and to develop their personal and artistic network.

National Role

ESA Saint-Luc Brussels collaborates regularly with other institutions on a national level: universities, galleries, private companies, public authorities… The school is anchored in its territory and reflects with local organisations on the issues of hospitality and living together through design.

Faculties and Departments

  • Architectural Drawing
  • Interior Design
  • Interior Architecture
  • Digital Arts
  • Illustration
  • Comics
  • Graphic Design
  • Advertising
  • Social Innovation Design

Bachelor Level Programs

  • Architectural Drawing
  • Interior Design
  • Interior Architecture
  • Digital Arts
  • Illustration
  • Comics
  • Graphic Design
  • Advertising

Master Level Programs

  • Interior architecture – Specialization (30 credits) in Built Heritage or Scenography
  • Comics / Publishing
  • Social Innovation design

Research Activity and Main Areas

ESA Saint-Luc Brusselsregularly collaborates on projects supported by the Fonds de la Recherche en Art (FRArt): https://www.frs-fnrs.be/en/financements-resp/frart

ESA Saint-Luc Brussels is an active member of Art/Recherche (Art and Research), a non-profit organization for the support, exchange, circulation and promotion of arts research in the Ecoles Supérieures des Arts (Higher Schools of Arts) of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation: https://art-recherche.be/en/about/

The research center associated with ESA Saint-Luc Brussels, "Social Innovation Design Research (RDIS)", supports larger-scale applied research projects in the field. These projects, which may be an extension of projects carried out with Master's students, or independent of the academic program, bring together researchers, professors and former students to carry out research for and with public, academic, associative and private players.

Subject Areas for Exchange Students

  • Architectural Drawing
  • Interior Design
  • Interior Architecture
  • Digital Arts
  • Illustration
  • Comics
  • Graphic Design
  • Advertising
  • Social Innovation Design

Application Deadlines

Autumn semester : May 1st (deadline for nominations: April 20th)

Spring semester: November 1st (deadline for nominations: October 20th)

Teaching Languages

All courses are taught in French at ESA Saint-Luc Brussels: it is in your interest to have a sufficient knowledge of French before your mobility in order to follow the courses in the best possible conditions.

Semester Dates

Autumn semester: September 15th – January 31st

Spring semester: February 1st – June 30th


Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)

About 900€ a month.


Bachelor: 720
Master: 135

Exchange Students

Incoming: 30
Outgoing: 25
Others: 4

Teaching Staff

Professors: 80
Lectures: 60
Other permanent teachers: 20
Part-time Teachers: 90

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