EsadType (en)

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EsadType is a post-graduate diploma in type design for screen and print. Each student works on a personal research project and receives professional advice and instruction that explores a variety of methods related to both typography and graphic design. Candidates are selected internationally. Teaching is carried out primarily in English and in French. The course begins in September 2021 and for a total period of 16 months.

Course presentation

Type Design Workshop

The aim of this workshop is to train students in typeface design using several different approaches including artistic direction, typography, calligraphy and programming. Students rapidly learn the skills needed for their professional practice and these are put into practice whilst working on their personal project. The Type Design Workshop is led by a permanent teaching staff with workshops carried out by external teachers. 

Personal Project

Each student designs a personal typeface, focusing on issues linked with the particular use of that typeface. Candidates complete a research document that features the various details of their work: medium, use cases and cultural context. A written dissertation accompanies the work describing the project and the various steps taken to in its development. The project is carried out as if it were in a professional setting.

It is of note that over recent years several multiscript type systems and typefaces have been designed, examples include (Vietnamese, Bengali, Thai, Arabian, Chinese, Hebrew, Cyrillic, Greek, Latin…)

Typography Culture

This part of the program covers a variety of activities: lectures, conferences, seminars, meetings with designers, introduction to and the study of collections and the archives of several specialised libraries. Students regularly give presentations on texts and work related to their chosen research theme, thus developing their skills and enriching their field of study. Students also actively participate in the organisation of typography events at the school, which enables them to meet well-known people in the field (historians and designers). 


Each year, students travel to the United Kingdom (Reading and London), to present their project in progress as well as access and consult various resources. They regularly participate in different events including ‘les Rencontres de Lure and le Printemps de la Typographie’. Depending on the current health situation, we do hope that these events will resume in 2022.

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The course

The course requires full time study. Students benefit from weekly feedback meetings with permanent staff as well as various meetings with guests. Classes are organised around teaching, the personal project and the writing of their dissertation. 

The final examination is an oral presentation that takes place in front of a jury of international designers and the teaching staff.

The presentation includes : 

• Digital and print specimens, posters, booklets etc.

• A dissertation which describes the historical, theoretical and practical development of the project.

All projects are exhibited each year in the Esad Gallery and on the website (

The teaching staff

The permanent teaching staff are all bilingual (English, French) and most are internationally recognised professionals. Some are also members of the Esad research unit De-Sign-E, which conducts research into the history of typography, writing systems, the sign and language. 

Recent distinguished guest jury members include

2021 Liron Lavi Turkenich, Vaibhav Singh, Sara Soskolne, Mark Thomson

2020 Titus Nemeth, Rathna Ramanathan

2019 Kai Bernau, Amélie Bonet

2018 Veronika Burian, Yoann Minet

2017 Damien Gauthier, Alisa Nowak

2016 Erik Van Blokland, Indra Kupferschmid

Recruitment conditions

Candidates must have a higher education qualification in art and design (DSAA, DNSEP, MASTER), an international diploma (MASTERS level), or equivalent professional experience. Exceptionally, candidates who have followed another path of study may be considered (please contact us for details). The course is taught in English. Project supervision and feedback is given in both English or French depending upon the student’s needs. It is strongly recommended that students live in Amiens during their studies. 

Applications are to be sent by email and before the closing date of Wednesday 30th June 2021 inclusive. The staff will decide if there is a need to request further information from a candidate, or indeed to see a candidate as required. The number of places on this course is strictly limited. 

The following documents must be supplied in digital format (PDF) :

• A brief outline of the proposed research project (theme, questions to be explored, possible research options)

• A curriculum vitae

• A portfolio (files larger than 4Mo should be sent via a downloading platform)

Further Information & Applications : Barbara Dennys
t +33(0) 03 22 66 49 99

Permanent Staff : Frederik Berlaen, Patrick Doan, Jean-Baptiste Levée, Sébastien Morlighem.

Other tutors will be invited depending on the projects selected. 

Download the call for applications

esadtype-2021-23_candidatures-applications.pdf (1.41 MB)

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