«The Ésaat -state institute based in Lille metropolitan area- is dedicated to the whole fulfilment of your artistic passions as well as to the extensive development of your talents.

Endowed with a 120-year-old experience in the field of Art and Design and highly qualified teaching teams, our school has all along managed to anticipate and integrate technological evolutions. We provide students with sound training and qualifications covering the whole range of the Art and Design domains, from Visual communication to Animation, to name but a few.

In close collaboration with the Regional Council of Nord Pas-de-Calais, Esaat also enables students to complete four-year courses of advanced studies specializing in Textile Design and Visual Communication with a view to meeting  tomorrow's challenges pertaining to creative industrial design. Links with universities have long been established, and our school officially attributes European Credits.

We indeed enjoy and benefit from partnerships within the framework of Erasmus programmes with over 40 European institutes, always focusing on keen proficiency levels in the practice of foreign languages.
Various cultural exchanges with associations and nations bear witness to the vigour and impact of Esaat.

We are looking forward to meeting you.»

General presentation

The Ésaat (the College of Art,Design and Textiles) is the successor to the Nation School of Industrial Art founded in 1889 and the grammar school opened in 1973 for applied art and textile studies. The acronym ESAAT, created in 1981 and made official in 1989 marks this continuity of instruction combining creativity with professionalism and imagination with a sense of reality. ESAAT’s history is one of a school of applied artistic creation whose close relations with the professional world are founded on the economic realities and artistic needs of today.


Nowadays situated right in the centre of Roubaix, at the heart of a communal transport system. Ésaat has 300 secondary school and 350 college students, who are taught by 80 teachers and 15 professional instructors. In September 1991, Ésaat invested in a new building designed by Gilles Neveu whose resolutely modern architecture conforms to the educational constraints and provides highly suitable surroundings.A public institution unique in its region, Ésaat is only matched by the four Colleges of Applied Art in Paris and remains the only college in France also to combine training in textiles. Ésaat, together with ENSAIT (the National College of Art and the Textile Industry), is a unique textile training centre and one of the leading colleges in Europe.

Ésaat provides secondary education as a preparation for the diplomas in Science and Industrial Technology with the options of Applied Art and for the Graphic Arts diploma in Model-making and Design Technology.

Ésaat also provides higher education as a preparation for the diplomas of Higher Textile Design, Interior Design, Visual Communication, Communication Space, Product Design , for a diploma in Artistic Crafts with the option of Cinema of Animation, for a higher diploma in Applied Art with the option of Textile Design and for a higher diploma in Applied Art with the option of Visual Communication.

Ésaat is also open to the professional world through a partnership with companies in the various sectors, work experience placements in France and abroad for all students on completion of their first year of studies, pieces produced to familiarise students with the realities of work and continuous training courses provided for companies.

Ésaat is highly active in the cultural life of the region, receiving artists, organising exhibitions and participating, with its students and teachers, in the region’s cultural activities.

Ésaat is a European college, organising study trips abroad and participating in the Socrates projects . It has signed partnership agreements with 42 European colleges who receive students for periods of 3 months up to 1 year (2 in the Netherlands, 5 in Germany, 1 in Finland, 3 in Great Britain, 1 in Austria, 1 in Greece, 2 in Belgium, 7 in Spain, 1 in Norway, 2 in Sweden, 4 in Poland, 1 in Lithuania, 1 in Malta, 2 in Portugal, 8 in Italy and 1 in the Czech Republic).

Ésaat continues to maintain its high level of performance by developing its specialities and investing in the mastery of new technology.