Presentation (English)



The building in brick and coloured ceramics has always been used for educational purposes. Originally an elementary school founded in 1891 and then in 1956 it became an industrial college teaching printing and publication.

The school included typographers, printers, book binders and guilders. In 1963 drawing classes from a neighbouring school were moved to 5 rue Madame. Then in the 1980’s the primary school classes were removed to 42, rue Madame and the college took on its present vocation. Drawing, model making and composition were added to the existing courses.

From 1985 the college started looking for a name, suggestions included :

  • Geoffroy Tory, printer, grammarian and typographer.
  • Cassandre, a poster maker and typographer.
  • Francis Thibaudeau, a typographer.
  • Maximilien-Vox, an artist, engraver, illustrator, journalist, author, historian of typography and publicity and teacher.

The final choice was Maximilien-Vox who symbolized perfectly the spirit of book making and graphic arts.

Who was Maximilien-Vox ?

Engraver, artist, illustrator, editor, journalist, art critic, historian of letters and typography, his work and works covered the development of books and publishing during the first two thirds of the 20th Century.

He edited literary collections, created magazines such as Micromégas and Caractère, designed posters and published numerous articles relating to the arts of bookmaking, and developed a method for classifying characters which and still is the only one recognized by the International Typographical Association.

In 1952 he created Les rencontres internationals de Lure as a forum for ideas regarding typography, printing and publicity.

As both theoretician and practitioner, Vox remains a symbol of unity in both bookmaking and the graphic arts. He was above all a skilled teacher and educationalist, having taught at the “Ecole du Louvre” and at he “Ecole des Beaux Arts”.



Situated in an exceptional area close to the heart of Saint-Germain des Prés, our school is dedicated to the Applied Arts, design and graphics, including work base teaching.

Science and Technology of Applied Arts and Design (STD2A)

A preparatory studies course for those going on to further education in Art and Design.
Teaching encourages students to undertake practical experiment to help them understand the complexities of Art and Design. Students are taught basic techniques and are encouraged to acquire the ability to use these to interpret concepts.

Graphic Design

An important investment by the Paris council means that Maximilien-Vox has been provided with well equipped studios and workshops.
Teaching combines both traditional techniques and recent technological innovations allowing a wide range of studies in preparation for further education.
Our main aim is to help students succeed and choose a future career direction. We aim to encourage enthusiasm, curiosity, analysis and hard work the keys to success.

Graphic Production

This course is aimed at model makers and computerized publication assistants, for the graphic arts such as publishers. These trades create page layouts and images ready for publication (books, magazines, brochures etc…).They need to be able to communicate, organize and produce projects as part of a team. Students will learn to use programs such as Xpress, Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Dynastrip.

Academic teaching is closely associated with the work environment students are required to participate in work placement for a total of twenty-two weeks over three years. This is supervised both by tutors at the work placement and from within the College throughout this period.

BAC (Applied Training)

This qualification is intended for the printing trade – the reproduction of texts and images on paper (newspapers, books and posters). The course includes computer controlled printing, for both offset and numeric processes. The use of a four-colored press requires attention, competences and a sense of responsibility.

The world of printing is a most dynamic job requiring team working. Printing is the last and most important stage in the production of a document.

The course teaches both traditional printing (offset, heliogragh and flexogragh) and also modern methods (computerized printing). Students are required to understand the whole graphic process in order to be able to discuss and advise a client.

Academic teaching is closely associated with the work environment. Students need to participate in work placement for a total of twenty-two weeks over three years. This is supervised both by tutors at the work placement and from within the College throughout this period.

Product design specializing in space and volume

This course is based on the principles of expressing space and volume in the design of objects and commercial products. It aims at crating designers capable of communicating products in three dimensions and within a given environment.

Teaching makes use of events in order to express and explore the design of products.
Application of these works can be classed in three categories:

  1. Volumes and packaging: communication at the point of sale.
  2. Temporary spaces: exhibition design, commercial stage design and temporary structures.
  3. Permanent spaces: exhibitions, showrooms and permanent information stands.

The course is structured over four semesters. Formal teaching and workshops are completed by related events organized by the College such as meetings with  professional designers, study visit, conferences and  publications. Individual work is important and is organized in different forms including drawing and sketching, design culture and work based on current cultural affairs.


Communication Design Area and Volume trains designers in mastering communication volumes and spaces.


Communication Design Area and Volume is based on the conceptualization and creation of products in three dimensions. It is therefore to train future designers in mastering communication through volume and by extension the development of spaces :

The application markets are very large and can be grouped into three broad categories :

  1. Ephemeral volumes communication: The area of  POS (advertising point of sale), the CLV (communication at the point of sale) and packaging.
  2. Ephemeral communication spaces: The creation of exhibition stands dedicated to communication at trade fairs and conferences, trade exhibitions and also stage design and event spaces.
  3. Perennial communication spaces: The holder of a BTS “Communication spaces” diploma could become an employee in an office setting or  self-employed within a team to participate in the design process and project. He or she should therefore have specific professional skills for these jobs but also personal communication skills, creativity and openness.
Good analytical skills, creativity, innovation, but also a general and artistic culture, international openness, curiosity and the ability to listen. It also requires basic knowledge of  “product marketing” and communication, and an ability to identify signs and trends.
This section is deliberately oriented partnerships with businesses. Teamwork and international trade are also encouraged.

Contact / Access

In order to find us please contact:

Lycée Technologique Maximilien Vox
Arts Appliqués, Design de Communication et Industries Graphiques
5 rue Madame, 75006 Paris

or our annexe: 85 boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris

Tel. : 033 145 497 878

Email :

How to get there

By underground:

  • Line 4 : Stations Saint-Germain-des Prés ou Saint-Sulpice
  • Line 10 : Mabillon ou Sèvres-Babylone
  • Line 12 : Sèvres-Babylone

By Bus :

  • Bus N° 39, 48, 63, 70, 84, 86, 87, 95, 96.

Do not hesitate to visit our Open days in February!