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Arts et Métiers ParisTech
ENSAM logo.svg
Motto Fraternité, c'est là notre devise
Established 1780
Type Public
Budget 124,6 M€ (in 2011) [1]
President Laurent Carraro
Students 6200[2]
Location Paris, France
48°50′03″N 2°21′27″E / 48.834066°N 2.357453°E / 48.834066; 2.357453

Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Angers, Lille, Bordeaux,

Châlons-en-Champagne, Cluny, Metz
Former names ENSAM (Ecole Nationale Supérieur d'Arts et Métiers), Ecole impériale d'Arts et Métiers, Ecole d'Arts et Métiers
Institutes Bastia, Chambéry, Chalon-sur-Saône
Colors      Purple      Orange (colour)
Nickname Gadzarts
Affiliations ParisTech, France AEROTECH, CGE

Arts et Métiers ParisTech is an engineering graduate school in the fields of mechanics and industrialization in France. The school trained 85,000 engineers since its foundation in 1780 by the Duke of La Rochefoucauld-Liancourt, and it remains one of the most prestigious and selective French Grandes Écoles. It is a "Public Scientific, Cultural and Professional Institution" (EPSCP) under the authority of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. Formerly named École nationale supérieure d'arts et métiers (ENSAM), it was a founding member of ParisTech, héSam [3] and France AEROTECH. Arts et Métiers ParisTech consists of eight Teaching and Research Centers (CER) and three institutes spread across the country. Its students are called Gadz'Arts.



The school was founded in Liancourt, Oise, under its founder Duke of Rochefoucauld-Liancourt in 1780; it was originally meant to provide in-depth training for military dragoon officers children. After 1800, the institution became known as the École d'Arts et Métiers.

Under Napoleon's reign, it was known as the "Ecole impériale des Arts et Métiers". He defined the school to provide "Non-commissioned officers of Industry", but, in fact, the pupils usually used to become plant managers. The empire decided to move the school to a bigger city, Compiègne, in 1799. Then, Napoleon Bonaparte visited the castle where the school was located, and thought that it was inappropriate for such an industrial school to occupy the place. He decided to relocate the school to Chalons-en-Champagne, in 1806, where two former monasteries were made available to offer much more space.

During the world wars[edit]

Many students and alumni enlisted in the armed forces during the First world war. It is estimated that of the 6500 gadzarts who joined the army, 1100 died the first year of the conflict. Many campuses were damaged by the war, especially the CER of Châlons-sur-Marne, which was in the middle of the Battle of the Marne. The Lille building was occupied by the Germans and used as a military hospital. The other campuses were totally closed during the year 1916-17 and the new CER of Paris stayed undamaged.

Between the wars, the industrial background favoured Gadzarts. The arms race pushed industry to hire more engineers and gadzarts perfectly matched their needs. The other important factor was the creation of new status in the work hierarchical organization. The middle management and management positions were perfect for the engineers and the gadzarts already employed easily got this status.

During the Second world war, the school tried to keep a certain level of activity. The only campuses to experience some difficulties were Lille and Châlons-sur-Marne: in 1939 no new students were admitted. The CER of Cluny was the target of a roundup in 1943 and a large part of students and staff was deported. The death of Jacques Bonsergent left a mark on the conflict, he became a symbol of resistance to oppressor.

Expansion and new campuses[edit]

The second school of this kind was founded in 1804 at Beaupréau and then transferred to Angers in 1815. 3 decades later, a third school was built in Aix-en-Provence in 1843, in former barracks and monasteries.

Facade of Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Paris Centre

At the dawn of the 20th century, the development of the school expanded to 3 new campuses. In 1891, the ancient abbey of Cluny was chosen to host the activities of the 4th school. Then, to go hand in hand with the industrial revolution, the members of parliament decided to create a 5th campus in Lille, a city that was growing fast. The facilities of Lille were the first ones to be built expressly for the school. The campus of Paris, a long-standing project, was built between 1906 and 1912. It became the biggest campus of the Arts et Métiers but the 2nd World War prevent the school from opening in good conditions. From the end of the war, the campus had over 500 students.

In the middle of the "Trentes Glorieuses" (the Glorious Thirty), the 7th campus was created near Bordeaux, in the science park of Talence. The modern buildings were operational in 1963.

The latest campus established was Metz (1997). The CER was built in the science park, close to the transportation hubs. Indeed, the school wanted this campus to become an international one, being close to Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. Its construction was also motivated by the partnerships with German universities (KIT) and later American ones (Georgia Tech).

Between 1990 and 2000, the 3 institutes of research were created : Chambéry in 1994, Chalons-sur-Saône in 1997 and Bastia in 2000.

The school also has 2 satellite campuses in Bouc-bel-Air and Laval that are under the authority of the main campuses of Aix-en-provence and Angers. These satellites are linked to the research programs and laboratories of the school.

Important dates[edit]

In 1817, the military status is removed by royal order and the official goal of the school is set to train qualified technicians. But in practice, the organization stayed military and the students kept on wearing the uniform.[4] In 1826, a second royal order confirmed this new status and the military organization is fully removed. But the students keep the right to wear the uniform as a civil one. After a third try, the students get the right to form an association of the Arts et Métiers alumni in 1847. The regional campuses were transformed into engineer training institutions in 1907. In 1963, the curriculum is modified in order to recruit new students from the Classes préparatoires. In 1964, the first woman is enrolld in the engineering training of the Arts et Métiers. The school became a grande école in 1976 and got the EPSCP status in 1990.

In 2007, the school created the PRES ParisTech and adopted the brand name "Arts et Métiers ParisTech" and no longer uses "ENSAM" in its publications.[5]

Logos and symbols[edit]

At the beginning of its history, the school did not own a proper logo, but shared its blazon with the Duke and the city of Liancourt. On the bottom-left of the blazon, the letters A and M are written on the inside of a gear, over a red background. With the different regimes and the different names of the eightieth and ninetieth centuries, the visual identity of the school was not defined properly. First it adopted the imperial eagle as a symbol, when Napoléon Bonaparte was in authority, then it was replaced by a royal flower to greet the return of the monarchy. But, in that time, the students decided to create their own symbol and keep it whatever happens. This symbol originally represented interlocking capital A and M, inspired by the blazon of Liancourt. This symbol is still used today by the students but it has slightly evolved to a smoother version in the 1950s. The alumni association also got inspired by the blazon of Liancourt for its first logo (A&M, gear), but later moved to the students version and nowadays it used some logos deriving from the official school ones. In 1963, a modern logo was designed for the school, completely different from what was known so far, but it kept the letters A and M. In 2007, with the creation of ParisTech, the school decided to create a brand new logo. This time the letters are not written anymore, but they can be read on the contours of the purple and orange diamonds. The new brand name of the school is mentioned on the right of the diamonds.

Rankings & figures[edit]

Whether speaking about starting salary, involvement in research or international opportunities, Arts et Métiers ParisTech has been ranked among the French ten top engineering schools, along with other schools like Mines ParisTech, École Polytechnique, École Centrale Paris or Supélec.[6] It is even considered to be in the top 5 Grandes écoles[7] (recruiting students after classes préparatoires). Inside the PRES ParisTech, the Arts et Métiers is considered as the best school in mechanical engineering and manufacturing fields. The main figures are presented in the following lines :

  • 1100 engineering degrees delivered each year (diplôme d'ingénieur = Master's degree in mechanical and industrial engineering)
  • 6200 students
  • 33000 alumni in the world
  • 400 professors, 250 full-time researchers [8]
  • 200 industrial consultants
  • 600 technicians and admins
  • 15 labs and research teams
  • 220 PhD students
  • 125 millions € global budget


The primary goal of Arts et Métiers ParisTech is to provide an initial foundation in general engineering principles for the disciplines of mechanical engineering, power engineering and industrial engineering. Arts et Métiers ParisTech also offers continuing training for engineers and industry executives.

With 15 research laboratories and two PhD programs, Arts et Métiers ParisTech develops teaching and research activities in three main fields:

  • Mechanics, materials, processes
  • Fluids and energy systems
  • Design, industrialization, risk management and decision-making

The school's training programs include about 24 Research-Based Masters and about 20 Advanced Masters programs and PhD studies.

Engineering curriculum : "Diplôme d'ingénieur"[edit]

The Arts et Métiers ParisTech is renowned for its 3 years graduate engineering training that leads to the "diplôme d'ingénieur" degree, equivalent of a Master's degree of industrial and mechanical engineering.[9]


Most of the successful 1100 candidates come from the Classes Préparatoires (CPGE), a 2 years intensive program of undergraduate studies in sciences.[10] The national entry examination usually takes place in May. It is a written exam that lasts 2 weeks (Banque PT or E3A), covering Mathematics, Physics, engineering sciences, literature and foreign languages. Then, the applicants are ranked nationally, and the best ones are asked to attend oral exams in July. After this second phase, the applicants are sorted again to determine the final ranking. The top of this ranking is admitted to Arts et Métiers ParisTech. Some additional tests can be requested if the candidate is considering a double-degree program or a special curriculum.

Other ways of recruitments exists, especially after technical studies in a community college (DUT, University Technology Diploma or BTS, Higher Technician's Certificate). A special entrance exam is organized for these candidates and offers around 100 places.

It is also possible to apply after a bachelor's degree or a master's degree. 50 candidates are admitted each year coming from the university system.


Each student spend at least 3 years in school. This time is usually extended with the choice of a special training, a stay abroad or an extra internship.

Numerical simulations, like the Finite Element Method and lab techniques, like metallography for materials science, are part of the curriculum of the Engineer Arts et Métiers.

The first 2 years are dedicated to a core curriculum covering all the fields of engineering :

  • Mechanics
  • Materials science
  • Mechatronics
  • Electrotechnics
  • Process engineering : welding, forming, machining, casting
  • Statistics
  • Programming
  • CAD and computer methods
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Supply chain
  • Systems and commands
  • Power transmission and transformation
  • Mechanical and industrial design

The training also includes management, finance and language courses. The 3rd year is dedicated to specialized courses, giving sharp technical skills and good management basics.

During the 3 years, the students have to work on 2 big projects (one in 1st year, the other in 2nd year) and have to do 3 internships (as a worker during 1 month, then as an engineering assistant during 3 months and then as a research engineer during 6 months).

The Engineer Arts et Métiers[edit]

The engineers from ENSAM are known for their spirit of innovation, their excellent technical skills and their ability to manage and cooperate. Thus, they are wanted by big companies (49.6% of the Gadzarts work in companies with 10000+ employees) and international groups (24% start their career abroad).[11] These good skills are enhanced by the projects and the internships done during the formation, and the ability to work in an international situation is practiced during a time in a foreign country.

Because the gadzarts is a versatile engineer, he can work in all the domains. The transportation industry (automotive, aerospace, rail, shipbuilding) offers the biggest part of the openings, 24,1% of the alumni work in this sector.[12] The other kinds of industries are, by order of importance : energy, consulting, civil engineering, IT and the remaining quarter is spread between finance, bioengineering and agri-food.

Master programs[edit]

The master programs are divided in 2 different groups : the Masters of Science that includes graduate courses followed by a master's thesis (project of expertise) and the Advanced Masters, focused on a very sharp field of sciences (equivalent of some professional degrees).

Master of Science[edit]

Among the 24 different MSc specialities, 20 are run exclusively by the school, 2 are developed with the other schools of ParisTech and 2 others by specific partnerships.[13]

Area Speciality
Design, Industrialization, Risk, Decision Innovation, Design, Engineering • Design, production engineering and innovation • Virtual Engineering and Innovation • Digital Mock-up and 3D Visualization • Knowledge Integration in Mechanical Production • Product and production process design • Decision sciences and risk management • Fusion sciences (with INSTN) • Nuclear Energy (with ParisTech)
Fluids and Energy System Energetics and Environment • Electrical engineering for sustainable development • Naval engineering • Fundamentals and applications of fluid mechanics • Mechanical science and engineering for energy, environment and transport • Nuclear Energy (with ParisTech)
Mechanics, Materials, Processes Materials and engineering sciences in Paris Track (MAGIS) • Advanced Systems and Robotics • Materials and Surface Engineering • Mechanical and Energy Engineering • Mechanics, Materials, Structures and Processing Technology • Dynamics, Structures, Materials et Coupled Systems (with Centrale Paris)
Osteoarticular and Tissue Biomechanics Biomaterials and Biological Materials • Impact and Injury Mechanisms • Muskulo Skeletal System

Advanced Masters[edit]

Among the 17 different Advanced Masters, 15 are run exclusively by the school, 2 are developed by specific partnerships.[14]

Area Speciality
Management Eco-Design and Environmental Management • Managing Human Resources and International Mobility (with ENS) • Global Risk Management (with ESTP) • Managing Master Contracts • Maintenance Management • Management of Industrial Aeronautics Projects / Aeronautics Maintenance • Quality Management • Strategic Management of Change via Innovation • Technologies for Hybrid Electricity and Heat Production Systems, specialty: managing new energy sources • Integration of Quality, Health, Safety and Environment Management Systems • Lean: Production and Logistics
Energy and sustainable development Sustainable Housing and Construction • Renewable Energy Sources and Their Production Systems • Electric Vehicle Engineering
Advanced sciences Aeronautic and Spatial Engineering • Nuclear Safety • Advanced Virtual Spaces

Doctoral programs[edit]

The school offers 2 doctoral programs : the first one includes all the PhDs specialities regarding physics, sciences and engineering, the other one includes all the PhD specialities regarding management, economy and social science.

School of engineering sciences[edit]

The doctoral school 432[15] is a partnership between Arts et Métiers ParisTech and Mines ParisTech. In 2013, 442 students were enroled in its PhD programs (237 from the Arts et Métiers). The 4 main fields of research are :

  • Continuum mechanics, material sciences and processes (MSM)
  • Fluid mechanics and energetics (MFE)
  • Design and industrialization (CI)
  • Mathematics and systems (MS)

The school is part of the 2 Carnot research institutes : Carnot Institute ARTS and M.I.N.E.S

School of management and decision[edit]

The doctoral school 471 is a partnership between Arts et Métiers ParisTech, HEC Paris and IAE Paris. In 2007, 127 students were enroled in its PhD programs.[16] The main fields of research are  :

  • Theory and tools for management
  • Performance and social responsibility in industrial companies
  • Customer behavior and market organization

Bachelor of technology program[edit]

In 2014, the Arts et Métiers will be the first French engineering school to open a Bachelor of Technology program. The test promotion will enrol 48 students. The program aims to offer more possibilities for high school graduates that are interested in sciences but don't necessarily want to reach the level of a diplôme d'ingénieur.

Academic partnerships[edit]

For more than twenty years, the school has been developing opportunities for students to get double-degrees with French or international institutions. The selection for these programs is based on the student ranking during the first year of study.

Double-degree programs[edit]

The school created special partnerships with several institutes of technology worldwide to offer integrated double-degrees programs to the students :

In France, some special paths also let students get other degrees, along with their diplôme d'ingénieur. In the last 2 decades, the creation of ParisTech (12 best graduate schools in France) and héSam partership with business schools) opened a lot of opportunities. The most popular programs are with:

International partnerships[edit]

The school also set up a huge variety of academic partnerships, with over 190 universities in the world. The students usually spend 1-2 semesters abroad in their third year. The partners are spread on the 6 continents : Tsinghua University, MIT, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Imperial College London, Universidad Tecnologica de Monterrey, Politecnico di Milano, University of Berkeley, University of Queensland ...

Student life[edit]


Uniform of the Gadzarts

Since its inception, the students perpetuate their own traditions and folklore, and are members of a student society. They call themselves "Gadz'Arts", abbreviated from "Gars des Arts" ("Guys from the Arts"). The "Gadz" folklore includes traditional clothing, language, songs and legends, related symbolism, and ceremonials. Gadz'Arts activities are independent of the administration of the school and are exclusively run by the students, although the two parts often cooperate for organising cultural or sporting events. Students still wear the uniform from the military past of the school.

Main article: Gadzarts

Student clubs and activities[edit]

Each one of the 8 CER has its own student association (AE) and clubs, but they all follow a national scheme. Paris is the headquarters of the national student association (UE) and organizes all the global events. The UE is one of the biggest student associations in Europe, with 3500 active members and a budget of 3.5 million €. Each year, big events are organized :

  • a national career fair in Paris : the Forum Arts et Métiers introduces 5000 students to 150 companies, offering full-time positions or internships.
  • a 2-week-long ski session called Skiozarts (SKZ), where 1500 Gadzarts meet on the slopes and overrun a ski resort in the French Alps, such as Val Thorens, l'Alpe d'Huez, les Arcs, Val d'Isère...
  • a national student committee, organized each year in a different CER, where 1000 students meet, discuss and vote the big decisions concerning the UE.

A huge variety of clubs exists, in various domains, and the teams of each CER can cooperate or fight in external events (Shell Eco-Marathon, French Robotics Cup, Challenge of the automotive engineers). In the same way, each CER has its own sport teams. They all meet and challenge, once a year, during the Olympic week.


The student associations organized several galas, in each CER but also a national one in Paris :

The church of Cluny during the gala
  • Angers : twice a year
  • Metz : once a year, 2000 guests
  • Bordeaux : once a year, 3000 guests
  • Cluny : once a year, 4000 guests
  • Lille : once a year, 3000 guests
  • Aix-en-Provence : 3 times a year, 5000 guests
  • Chalons-en-Champagne : twice a year, 3000 guests

The National Grand Gala in Paris takes place in different buildings or monuments, depending on the year : the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Palace, the Palais Garnier, the Palace of Versailles... Thousands of guests, students and alumni meet, usually in May or June.


Logo Arts et Métiers Mag.

The 33000 members of the SOCE (society of the alumni) play an important role in the student life. The SOCE was created in 1846 and is the biggest circle of engineers in Europe. Even if the society is completely independent from the school, joint ventures are frequent, for research projects or feedback discussions. The members help students to start their career proposing jobs or internships, they also give some financial support to the ones that have special needs (e.g. : entrepreneurship, fees for a foreign country). The link between the SOCE and the UE is strong, and the alumni act as mentors but also as friends for the students. Weekly, monthly and annual meetings are organized and the student promotions are sponsored by the promotions +5, +25 and +50. The SOCE also manage the phone book, released every year, and the web directory, "". A magazine is published every month, called "Arts et Métiers Mag", addressed to students, alumni and professors.

Alumni include:[17]

These names are extracts from the full article :

Research labs[edit]

The 15 laboratories of Arts et Métiers ParisTech are spread in the teaching centers and research institutes. They are all part of the Carnot Institute ARTS and most of the laboratories are run in collaboration with local universities or research institutions. Together these laboratories raise 15.4 millions € a year with research contracts.[18]

Laboratories of Arts et Métiers ParisTech
Name Full name City Fields Partnerships
DynFluid Laboratory of fluid dynamics Paris Fluid dynamics, aero-acoustics, turbo-equipments.
I2M Institute of mechanics and engineering Bordeaux Mechanical engineering and physics applied to civil engineering and special materials (wood, concrete). University of Bordeaux, ENSCBP, INRA
IRENav Navy School research institute Angers/Brest Engineering and sciences in the fields of marine and submarine observation, modelisation and communications. École navale
L2EP Lille Laboratory of Electrical Engineering and Power Electronics Lille Electrical and material engineering. Application to piezoelectric materials, electrical networks and electromagnetism in materials.
LABOMAP Burgundy laboratory of material sciences and process Cluny High speed machining for special materials and complex shapes. ECAM
LAMPA Arts et Métiers ParisTech laboratory of Angers Angers/Laval Design of virtual reality systems and integration of navigation instruments.
LBM Laboratory of biomechanics Paris Biomechanics, medical tooling and digital observation of the human body.
LCFC Laboratory of design, manufacturing and control Metz Modelization and optimization of the Product-Process interactions applied to high performance products.
LCPI Laboratory of product design and innovation Paris Optimization of the design process, rapid prototyping, eco-friendly design
LE2I Laboratory of electronics and digital imaging Chalon-sur-Saône/Cluny Electronics and image engineering, enhanced virtual reality, digital environments Université de Bourgogne
LEM3 Laboratory of Microstructure Studies and Mechanics of Materials Metz Micromechanics of smart materials applied to SMA and composite materials University of Lorraine, ENIM
LML Lille Laboratory of Mechanics Lille Fluid dynamics and hydro-acoustics applied to rotor systems
LSIS–INSM Laboratory of IT and systems Aix-en-Provence/Lille Analysis and modeling of multi-physics systems Université de Marseille, Université de Toulon
MSMP Laboratory of mechanics, surface, material sciences and process Aix-en-Provence/Châlons-en-Champagne/Lille Mechanical and industrial engineering applied to surface and interface studies
PIMM Laboratory of process, mechanical and material engineering Paris Material engineering applied to special processes (High power LASER) CNAM

Industrial partnerships[edit]

Regular partners[edit]

Through its research activities, the school join forces with industrial partners.[19][20] The main associates are :

The school is also involved in doctoral program agreements with the corporate universities of PSA[18] and Safran. Special trainings have been developed to guide several engineers from the companies to a doctoral degree.

Aerospace initiatives[edit]

In the last 2 decades, the school reinforced its links with the aerospace industry. It took a part in numerous projects and groups across France.

Notes and references[edit]

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