The Tours school, founded in 1774, became an academic school in 1871 and then a regional school in 1885. It was rebuilt in the city centre after the war by Pierre Patout, an eminent architect of the Streamline Moderne design movement, then transferred in 2015 to the Mame industrial site designed by architect Bernard Zehrfuss and designer Jean Prouvé.
The Tours school has always specialised in art. In 1983, it introduced the only course in France for the conservation and restoration of sculptures, and opened a sculpture degree course in 2017.
The former Royal Academy was turned into a state school after the French Revolution and received government accreditation in 1881. It later became the regional School of Fine Arts and moved to a new site in the city centre in 1950, between the Hôtel d’Ollone and Rue Bressigny.
The Angers school delivers art courses that have a continually evolving approach and a theory syllabus with a strong design element.
The Le Mans school was founded in the late 19th century to encompass the academic dimension of art. It has occupied a four-floor building in the historical centre of Le Mans since 1991 and boasts state-of-the-art technical and digital equipment. It is a small and functional school, very active within the local community, and is one of the town’s laboratories.
As well as art courses, our Le Mans school also runs Master’s programmes in Design: Sound, Urban Spaces and, since 2018, Computational and Mechatronic Design.
The merger of these three schools in 2010, each with a long history and legacy of teaching art, and more recently design, provides students with an exceptional array of theoretical approaches and artistic practices. The TALM teaching team combines broad approaches across a wider region, with a strong outward focus across France and the world.