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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)

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.

National Calendar

The three official centres will successively hold VAE sessions:

  • In 2018-2019: ESMD – Lille
  • In 2019-2020: isdaT – Toulouse (registration closed since Nov. 13, 2019)
  • In 2020-2021: PESMD – Bordeaux.

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.