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Admission and Exchanges



Admission to initial training is exclusively open to holders of a diploma awarded on completion of two years in higher education, or those with two years of equivalent education in appropriate subjects. Candidates may apply during their second year of higher education.


Candidates for the competition must be under 27 years of age on 1 January of the year of candidature. They may enter the competition as many times as they wish.


When submitting an application form, candidates must choose a specific Masters program: Cinema, Photography or Sound.




Any student wishing to take part in a school exchange must have the support of his/her „home“ institution, with a bilateral agreement already in place, setting out the terms of his/her education at ENS Louis-Lumière.


All appropriate courses for such exchanges last 1 or 2 semesters during the 2nd year of study (S3 or S4). Courses are delivered in French; the candidate's level in French may need to be examined before they can be accepted.


ENS Louis-Lumière is a signatory of the Erasmus+ Charter. It can accommodate two students from European or international partner institutions per Master's degree program in each year. The list of partner schools is continuously evolving; amongst partnerships active over the last three years:




Academy of Fine Arts. Antwerp, Belgium

FAMU - Filmova a Televizni Fakulta Akademie Muzickych Umeni v Praze. Prague, Czech Republic

Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. Potsdam, Germany

HFF - Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen, Munich, Germany

PWSFTViT (The National Film, TV & Theatre School. Lodz, Poland

Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst. Vienna, Austria

ZHdK - Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. Zurich, Switzerland


Outside Europe


ALBA - Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts. Beirut, Lebanon

CCC - Centro de Capacitatión Cinematográfica. Mexico City, Mexico

EICTV - Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión. San António de los Baños, Cuba

SI Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University. New York, United States

Universidade Federal Fluminense. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil





At the international level, and linked to the Erasmus + programs, the ENS Louis -Lumière‘s international strategy is to develop its visibility and new partnerships in strategic geographical areas, and to build up its international dimension via research.


A mobility project at the end of the course (semester 7) allows ENS Louis-Lumière students to take part in international filming or photojournalism.

A first pilot group of seven sound students was able to participate in ten thesis film shoots by Master's students of the Tisch School of Arts at New York University (NYU,  New York  USA) between the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020, thanks to a partnership set up in 2019. Shoots took place in New York, Chile, Europe and India. In addition, two photography students inaugurated a partnership with the College of Communication (Boston University (BU , Massachusetts USA) in February 2020. They were invited to cover the New Hampshire primary election with journalism students from the university.


Based on these experiences, ENS Louis-Lumièere plans to expand such exchange schemes, in order to multiply new opportunities for students, exposing them to a range of other industries and curricula while travelling and acting as ambassadors for their School's accumulated knowledge and network.


In addition to NYU and BU, bilateral agreements have been signed or are in the process of being signed with : ECAM (Madrid, Spain), ECAL (Lausanne, Switzerland), Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (Ludwigsburg, Germany), DFFB (Berlin, Germany), Famu (Prague, Czech Republic), National Film School of Lodz (Lodz, Poland), John Huston School for Film and Digital Media (Galway, Ireland), Mel Oppenheim School of Cinema (Montreal, Concordia University, Canada), Dodge College (Chapman University, Los Angeles, California, E. U.) and PSE (Phnom-Penh, Cambodia), the internship programme dedicated to women photographers of the UN agency UN Women .