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VAE (Validation of Work Experience)

Validation of Experience for the State Diploma (DE) in Dance Teaching

Between 2018 and 2020, the Ministry of Culture offers access to the State Diploma in Dance Teaching via Validation of Experience (VAE).

This programme has been made available by the Ministry via three organising centres:

  • École Supérieure Musique et Danse Hauts-de-France – Lille (ESMD)
  • institut supérieur des arts de Toulouse (isdaT)
  • Pôle d’Enseignement Supérieur Musique et Danse Bordeaux-Aquitaine (PESMD)

provisional National Calendar

The three official centres will successively hold VAE sessions:
— In 2018: ESMD – Lille
— In 2019: isdaT – Toulouse
— In 2020: PESMD – Bordeaux

For the organisation of the VAE session commencing in 2019, the isdaT will be responsible for all of the available options: classical, jazz, and contemporary.

conditions of enrolment

The State Diploma in Dance Teaching can be delivered via VAE without age restriction or condition of nationality for those candidates able to justify that they have the requisite skills:

  • in exercising paid or unpaid dance teaching activities, continuously or on an ad hoc basis, and that are directly connected to the activities and skills defined by the Certification Rules and within the option of the degree indicated in the VAE application form;
  • the total duration of cumulative activity required is a minimum of 600 hours, spread over a minimum period of one year.

phases of the procedure

enrolment (Form 1)

The candidate must first fill out Form 1, which pertains to administrative requirements. Candidates indicate their experiences and provide supporting documentation for the professional activities performed in relation to the desired degree.
They will receive notification of admissibility or non-admissibility within two months following the date of reception by the organising centre.

compilation of Skills (Form 2)

If the application is admissible, candidates must confirm their enrolment then compile Form 2, which pertains to their abilities. They will present the activities and skills acquired from their experiences, in relation to the Certification Rules.
During this second phase, candidates may request guidance as required.

presentation before the Jury

Once Form 2 has been sent to the centre of validation, the candidate is invited to a 45-minute interview in front of the VAE jury. The jury verifies the candidate’s knowledge and their ability to evaluate their own work and envisage a critical approach relative to their pedagogical experience; knowledge of the professional environment; as well as their choreographic, musical, and artistic culture, broadly conceived.


After the interview, the jury may:

  • attribute the degree: total validation
  • refuse the attribution of the diploma
  • opt for partial validation of the diploma: the candidate may validate the requisite skills at any time and without restriction to any given deadline.
    In the event of a partial validation of the diploma, the jury may request that the candidate demonstrate their skills within a professional context, strictly concerning the pedagogical aspect of the activity.

financial conditions and calendar at the isdaT

Financial conditions and fees are on request from Naïg Ménesguen, VAE manager and continuing professional development, by mail to naig.menesguen@isdat.fr or +33 (0) 5 34 30 93 82.


information meeting

  • in Toulouse: Monday, October 14, 2019 from 1:30 pm to 4 pm – Salle Bach, Conservatory of Toulouse site La Vache
  • in Béziers: Friday 18 October 2019 from 1:30 pm to 4 pm – annex of the Béziers Méditerranée Conservatory, Monte Cassino street

VAE 2019-2020 session

  • Opening of the VAE session and downloading of documents: Monday, October 14, 2019
  • deposit of the first form (with vouchers + payment to the isdaT): between October 21 and November 12, 2019, 12h by hand or postmark of the post office
  • deadline for receipt of payment of VAE fees (payment or support): Tuesday 25 February 2020
  • Writing period of the second form and methodological support: from March 2nd to November 30th, 2020 maximum / compulsory methodological workshop at the beginning of the accompaniment, March 2nd in Toulouse and March 6th in Béziers
  • deposit of the second form: Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 12h by hand or postmark
  • interview with the jury: between November 2 and 30, 2020.
  • calendrier
  • registration closed (VAE 2019-2020 session)