The isdaT performing arts section came from the CESMD (Centre d’Études Supérieures Musique et Danse), an institution founded in 1993 by the government, the city of Toulouse and the University of Toulouse le Mirail (now known as the University of Toulouse – Jean Jaurès). In 2011, following government recommendations, the CESMD became in 2011 the performing arts department of the institut supérieur des arts de Toulouse, within the Établissement Public de Coopération Culturelle (EPCC—Public Institution for Cultural Cooperation) to which the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Toulouse also belonged (now the fine arts department).
The missions of isdaT performing arts are part of the national reform for the decentralisation and restructuring of tertiary arts education by adapting it to the Bachelor/Master/Doctorate system (Bologna Accords). Like all of the other French institutions (institutions of higher learning, and the CNSMD of Paris and Lyon), the performing arts department delivers the Diplôme d’État (DE—state diplomas) but also the Diplôme National Supérieur Professionnel de Musiciens (DNSPM—National Diplomas for Professional Musicians) recognised throughout Europe.
The music unit of the isdaT trains artists, performers, and musician-teachers by developing their singularities through all that the establishment has to offer as a dynamic hub encouraging multidisciplinarity, with committed, competent, and approachable teaching staff.
Instrumental mastery, chamber music, and collective practices are associated with theoretical teaching provided by our university professor partners. Practice in professional conditions, artistic projects, workshops and internships are offered to students to allow them to get their bearings and situate their practice within the current cultural and artistic field.
The music unit covers the regional territory thanks to partnerships with cultural facilities, giving students the opportunity to professionalise their practice by learning from prestigious performers.
The implementation of research projects (conferences, study days, and seminars), production and dissemination (shows, concerts, etc.) intra- and extra-muros, in partnership with numerous artistic and cultural venues, and international travel opportunities, provide students with a vital gateway to their professional integration.
The isdaT dance unit trains dancers qualified to take dance classes, improvisation, and composition workshops for children and adults of all levels, within contemporary, jazz, and classical disciplines.
The course enables the acquisition of knowledge concerning pedagogical methods, anatomy and physiology, with the aim of preserving the physical and mental health of audiences. It offers an opening towards other artistic languages and a technical and qualitative reinforcement of their mastery of dance.
Based on the development of a theoretical and practical methodology, the student must be capable of constructing a unique and personal pedagogical project independently and related to the fundaments of dance. These skills will enable the student to respond to frameworks of employment in the private or public sector, through their informed integration within a cultural and social context.
Spectacle de clôture des Journées Portes Ouvertes de l'isdaT, mars 2018 © Franck Alix
Journées Portes Ouvertes de l'isdaT, mars 2017 © Franck Alix
Concert des étudiants du cursus Musiques Actuelles à la Cave Poésie © Franck Alix, février 2016
Journées Portes Ouvertes de l'isdaT, mars 2018 © Franck Alix
Nuit des étudiants au musée des Augustins, avril 2016 © Franck Alix
Nuit des cours au musée des Augustins, mars 2017
Répétitions du spectacle inaugural des Journées Portes Ouvertes © Franck Alix, mars 2017