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teaching methods

Besides practical and theoretical classes, the specificity of art schools is to provide students with diversified forms of teaching, given by both teaching staff and external contributors.

Lessons are held:

  • in student workshops, technical suites and the library, in the form of individual or collective interviews
  • in the two amphitheatres with 95 seats, during classes and conferences,
  • in the classrooms, for work sessions and seminars,
  • in the exhibition spaces of the institution during exhibitions and presentations,
  • outside the institute during individual internships or projects supported by the isdaT in association with art centres and museums, festivals, businesses, and the public spaces of local authorities.

seminars & workshops

Seminars and workshops are an integral part of the course and may be attributed compulsory or optional credits, where appropriate. Seminars and workshops may be organised according to the options and year groups but must also be multidisciplinary at times, across options and departments.

They are therefore articulated around one or more external interventions: to this end, artists, theorists, critics, designers, or architects are regularly invited. Seminars and workshops can also be established as a partnership between a given course at isdaT and an external establishment: schools, universities, public or private institutions.

The workshops represent a moment of intensive and collective work in the life of the student, in which they find themselves confronted with a specific theory, practice, process, or working context, depending on the guest personalities and territories in question.

external projects

Projects with external partners offer students the chance to grapple with the realities of the fields of culture, art, design, graphic design, and urban space, as well as scientific contexts and the industrial world. Indeed, the institute is a member of professional networks in which he participated, along with institutions, associations, local authorities, festivals, to reflections on artistic research, cultural diffusion or assistance to young artists (Air de midi, PinkPongLes Abattoirs – Musée FRAC Occitane Toulouse, Palais de Tokyo, le Printemps de septembre…). These different partnerships offer students and graduates the opportunity to confront in professional situations and production or presentation in regularly renewed contexts.

introduction to artistic research workshops

These workshops aim to create and optimise the conditions of emergence of the student’s personal project, by ensuring the intersection of its theoretical, critical, material, and technical aspects. The name “introduction to artistic research workshops” refers to a constantly evolving list of pedagogical entities, whose role can be defined as follows:

  • Establishing research content and a calendar with students;
  • Providing theoretical and practical classes relative to the previously identified content.

In this capacity, the workshop can also serve the cross-sectorial activity between the research methodology, the theoretical classes, and the artistic practices. They also allow methodological and cultural intersections between the professors and students of the three options.

These workshops do not substitute either classes or interviews with the students, but are the result of a multidisciplinary approach in line with the core and specific classes. The list of these workshops is inevitably evolutive, according to changes in artistic practices and pedagogical programmes. Thus the introduction to artistic research workshops can be built around issues and pose questions. The activity of these workshops can be extended by internships undertaken with various institutions and partnerships with external establishments.


Each week, the isdaT fine arts department invites teachers, artists, critics, philosophers, writers, filmmakers, art and design historians to conferences based on proposals and designed for the students. These guests may also be involved in interventions as part of a class or research workshop, or for individual project follow-up. These conferences allow for cross-sectorial exchanges of knowledge within the curriculum through the diversity of the guest contributors and establish productive osmoses with the professional environment. These conferences are filmed, catalogued and made available at the library for pedagogical use.

workshops and talks

The talks bear witness to an affirmed desire to make the institute a place of discussions and research, in association with other tertiary institutions and/or major cultural stakeholders from the local, national and international scenes.

field trips

Field trips are organised each year for students of a particular option, year-group, or workshop or based on a specific project. Besides field trips to cities, biennales are also potential destinations (Venice, Lyon, Kassel Münster, Design Biennale in Saint-Étienne), as are festivals (FID Marseille, Forum design of paris, etc.).

internships and visits abroad

Armed with a long tradition of exchanges, the isdaT has a vast network of partner institutions abroad and strongly encourages its students to undertake study or internships abroad. Over thirty international cooperation agreements have been signed with tertiary-level institutions in Europe within the framework of the Erasmus programme + outside Europe.

The internship undertaken during Cycle 1 provides for an encounter with the professional milieu from the outset of the course, giving rise to the attribution of credits in semester 6 for that semester’s evaluation. In Cycle 2, internships are also an integral part of the cursus and are an essential complement to the classes. Within the framework of professional internships, the students can commit over a long period (from 3 to 6 months) or undertake several short-term internships.

The students may enjoy scholarships from the European Community as part of the
Erasmus + programme: students who leave must have their full semester validated by the host institution.

Semaine des workshops, février 2018, isdaT Toulouse

Semaine des workshops, février 2018

Florine Berthier, festival "La Traversée", La cuisine, Nègrepelisse, avril 2019

Voyage aux Pyrénées 2018, année 1, isdaT, photo Valérie du Chêné

Voyage aux Pyrénées 2018, année 1, isdaT, photo Valérie du Chêné



Querelles et harmonies en cuisine, Biennale internationale du design de Saint-Étienne, mars 2019 © Jean-marc Everaz