The first-year course lays the foundations for the specific nature of art school teaching and its multifarious approaches. This year presents the basis of the theory/practice relationship (methodology, art history, introductory workshops). It is reinforced by a broad introduction, providing inroads into all kinds of aspects of contemporary creation. It is as much a matter of learning and mastering the technical and theoretical bases required to develop an ambitious creative project, as it is to nourish this project through its own relationship to the world. The most current questions join those posed throughout art history in a constructive dialogue, in order to bring each individual’s engagement into perspective.
At the isdaT, the students take various compulsory classes that enable them to choose their option from second year onwards:
Finally, before the final-year report, the students present a personal portfolio called a “document”, which testifies to skills learned in the course of two semesters and reflects their commitments and motivations to enrol in a longer course. During these two semesters, a special accent is placed on the two methodology classes, the first concerns the acquisition of skills required for documentary research, the other concerns the writing of analyses of artworks and notes of intention pertaining to personal practice.
The three-year course leading to the Diplôme National d’Arts Plastiques (Diplôme National d’Arts in 2018) enables the student to develop:
In the second cycle, the objectives mainly concern the professional quality of productions and their conditions of visibility as well as the intelligence of their artistic, historical and philosophical contextualisation. The aim is to strengthen the development of a line of thought and praxis, leading to the complete autonomy of the student by the end of the DNSEP. At this stage, students should be able to develop an autonomous approach, enabling them to integrate new elements in their research.
At the DNSEP level, the following skills are required: