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:
Workshops (4 or 5 days long) are an integral part of the courses and are organised according to the options and year-groups, or may be cross-sectorial. They focus on one or several external interventions; artists, theorists, critics, designers or architects are regularly invited to this end. The workshops represent a time of intensive and collective work in the life of the student, who find themselves confronted with a theory, a practice, a professional environment, a specific process or working context, depending on the guest personalities and territories in question.
Regular appointments in which students, teachers and sometimes external contributors meet to explore a subject or a question in relation to collective or individual research. These seminars may also be used to give semi-public presentations.
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, PinkPong, Les 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.
These workshops are open to fourth-year+ students from the art, design and graphic design options, and combine questions of interest to 2 or 3 of these options, or even the two departments, fine arts and performing arts. These workshops ensure that transdisciplinarity has a place within the curriculum.
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.
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 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, Design Biennale in Saint Etienne), as are festivals (FID Marseille etc.).
As part of the curriculum, the isdaT encourages field trips, visits and internships abroad in order to enable students to encounter other cultures and methods.
Since 2013, an internship has become compulsory in cycle 1 (first and second year). This enables students to encounter the professional milieu early in their studies, giving rise to the attribution of 5 credits in semester 5 via an internship report, presented during that semester’s assessments. In cycle 2 (third and fourth year), the internships are also an integral part of the course and are an essential complement to classes, particularly in semesters 7 and 8, for a visit abroad to a partner institution or a professional internship in France or abroad. For professional internships, the students can commit themselves over a long period (of 3 to 6 months) or may choose to undertake several short internships.
The students can take advantage of travel scholarships from the European Union as part of the Erasmus programme: the students that leave must then validate their full semester with the host school, in line with a pre-established agreement in consultation with the student and signed by the deans of both schools. The work produced during the semester or professional internship abroad is also evaluated during the assessment periods of semester 7 or 8. The isdaT supports non-EU travel through a participation of 50% of the cost of the airplane ticket, up to a limit of 500 euros.