Master in Artificial Intelligence & Advanced Visual Computing

Ecole Polytechnique
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2023

About this program

Master in Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Visual Computing

The École Polytechnique Master of Science and Technology in Artificial Intelligence and advanced Visual Computing is a two-year program, entirely taught in English and designed for highly qualified and internationally oriented students. It provides you with an in-depth understanding of the most recent techniques in artificial intelligence and teaches you to implement them efficiently. 

This research-oriented program is at the heart of digital science and its latest, most promising applications. Its curriculum comprises two complementary branches, namely Artificial Intelligence and Visual Computing. The first branch takes into account statistical learning and data analysis, while the second looks at 3D computer graphics, virtual and augmented reality, multimodal interaction, computer vision, robotics, and 3D manufacturing.

The Program offers high-level scientific classes taught by faculty from École Polytechnique and partner companies.

Admission requirements


• English level: C1
• Bachelor in Mathematics or Computer Science
• Have followed a class in statistics and algorithms

The MSc & T programmes are open to high-level candidates applying to a first (M1) or second year (M2) of master:

M1 Candidate's Profile:

  • Hold a bachelor degree of at least three years having obtained 180 ECTS with a solid background in science and/or engineering. Please see the specific academic requirements by programme on our website.
  • Applicants may apply in the same year they obtain their degree. 
  • English proficiency: IELTS (academic) 6.5, TOEFL 90. 
  • French language proficiency is not required.

M2 Candidate's Profile:

  • Hold a master's degree or M1 with a solid background in science and/or engineering. Please see the specific academic requirements by programme on our website.
  • Applicants may apply in the same year they obtain their degree. 
  • English proficiency: IELTS (academic) 6.5, TOEFL 90. 
  • French language proficiency is not required.

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Program content

The Artificial Intelligence and advanced Visual Computing Master’s provides students with the keys to become the next creators of innovative applications, using artificial intelligence and visual computing.  

Year 1 includes classes on Imaging Techniques, Computer Animation, Machine Learning, Image Analysis, and Statistics, to name a few. The year then ends with a four- to five-month internship.

Year 2 involves more in-depth classes in machine learning (deep learning and reinforcement learning). Classes include High-dimensional Data Analysis, Computer Vision, Advanced 3D Graphics, Natural Language and Speech Processing, and Socio-emotional Embodied Conversational Agents. You will also become familiar with ethical issues and law, and novel applications of Artificial Intelligence and Visual Computing, through weekly seminars with keynote talks from academic and industrial partners.

Transverse project:

You will spend half a day per week working on a transverse project, aiming to find solutions to a significant issue raised by either an industrial partner or a researcher in a domain covered by the program.

The Master’s ends with a final internship. For five to six months, you will work on a project, either at a company R&D center or a research lab. The Master’s Program has developed strong collaborations with world-class partners in industry, all of which are glad to welcome our students for their internships.


The cost of this course is €17,500 per year + €90 application fee.


Graduates of this program will earn a master's degree in Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Visual Computing.

Career paths

  • Computer Vision Engineer
  • AI Research Engineer
  • Data Scientist
  • Entrepreneur
  • PhD Student
  • Crowd TD

A rapidly growing number of companies are looking for researchers and engineers who are able to create new original computationally competitive AI algorithms. The particular focus put on visual computing in this training will naturally lead students toward applications related to image processing, virtual worlds, conversational agents or drone navigation.

The Artificial Intelligence and Visual Computing Master’s combines both research and professional experience. After graduating, students can either pursue PhD study at a French or foreign research lab, or work for companies and start-ups across a range of industries:

  • Digital applications for smartphones, computers, or personal assistants: Shazam
  • Control of autonomous vehicles, drones and robots: Valeo, BMW
  • Virtual reality, image and video editing, design and simulation of 3D virtual worlds: Ubisoft, Dassault Systems, Microsoft, Adobe, Sony, Nintendo
  • E-commerce and online advertisement: Criteo, Teads, Cdiscount, FNAC, eBay, Microsoft, Ubisoft

Many of our current students also choose to do a PhD after the Master’s Program.

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École Polytechnique: A Tradition of Scientific Excellence

Located just 20 minutes from Paris the École Polytechnique, is the most prestigious engineering Grande Ecole in France. The university is supported by the state and has been operating since it was founded in 1794. The École educates the nation's scientific,...

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École Polytechnique is a leading French institute that combines top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. The school produces socially responsible professionals who excel in leading complex and innovative projects which address current and future challenges facing our society.

École Polytechnique, also known as l'X, is an historic institution. Founded in 1794, it holds a leading role in the French academic tradition – Poincaré, Ampère, Schwartz and Fresnel are just a few of the prestigious scientists to have studied here. Three French presidents, three Nobel Prizes (including Jean Tirole in 2014), one Fields Medalist and many illustrious CEOs like Citroën or Schlumberger, also walked the halls. However, no need to time travel to find proof of our academic excellence: our Alumni, researchers and professors receive prestigious awards and distinctions years after years.

Academic rankings demonstrate the competitiveness of École Polytechnique in France and abroad. Leader of scientific and technological institutes in France, l'X was also ranked 13th best European University in the QS university ranking 2015/16 thanks to our emphasis on innovative teaching methods and our continued presence at the forefront of French research. Our renowned Alumni, including numerous current CEOs of French and international companies, visit frequently and you will reap the benefits of having them share their knowledge in special seminars and conferences.

As part of our commitment to innovation, l'X has been the pioneer of MOOCs and e-learning in France, with several courses available on various platforms including Coursera and more under development.


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