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presentation of the department


The origins of the École des Beaux-Arts dates back to the 17th century. In 1680, a public school of drawing and painting was opened not far from the current school. But it was in 1750 that letters patent established the Académie Royale of painting, sculpture and architecture, the first provincial academy to be created in France. In 1827, it became the École des Beaux-Arts et des Sciences Industrielles. Later, it adopted the name of École Nationale et Spéciale des Beaux-Arts and invested the buildings of the former tobacco manufactory, on Quai de la Daurade, where it is now situated.

The “Palais des Arts”, built between 1892 and 1895 based on the designs by the architect Esquié, soon closed off the western section and the Cour d’Honneur; it is now occupied by the library and an exhibition hall, the Palais des Arts (300 m2), an interface between the city and the school and that provides a forum for the presentation of students’ work and for programming important exhibitions.

the fine arts department

Within the framework of the reform of French art schools, the isdaT became an Établissement Public de Coopération Culturelle (EPCC—Public Institution for Cultural Cooperation) in 2011. This EPCC combines the Centre d’Enseignement Supérieur de Musique et de Danse (the first tertiary-level music and dance complex founded by the government and the city of Toulouse in 1994 under the direction of Marc Bleuse), now known as the performing arts department, and the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, now known as the fine arts department. The creation of the isdaT encourages a cross-sectorial identity, associating visual arts, music and dance projects, now reflected in the curriculum.

Established in the heart of Toulouse on Quai de la Daurade, the isdaT fine arts school trains artists and designers. Designed as a research and experimentation laboratory, open to contemporary artistic realities, it aims to stimulate the emergence of unique talents, to train creative personalities (artists, designers, authors, etc.) capable of undertaking various career paths within a wide spectrum of disciplines. The institute offers the conditions for a high-level of professionalization in the major options that structure the field of artistic training in France: art, design and graphic design.

Following the Bologna Declaration, the institute is registered in the European harmonization of higher education, fostering student mobility in particular through the European system of cumulative and transferable credits (ECTS). The isdaT is an associate member of the Federal University in Toulouse.

Two national diplomas sanction these courses:

  • The Diplôme National d’Art (DNA—National Diploma in Art) (third-year level, french equivalent of the Bachelor of Arts Degree)
  • The Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique (DNSEP—National Postgraduate Diploma in Artistic Expression) (fifth-year level, french equivalent of the Master of Arts Degree).

The isdaT offers students exceptional working conditions through its pedagogical framework, its 10,000 square meters premises, the facilities of the technical suites, its centre for the loan of equipment and the resources of the library (modern, audiovisual, historical and artwork collections).

Cour d'honneur de l'isdaT site Daurade, 2013

Cour d'honneur de l'isdaT beaux-arts, 2013

Façade de l'isdaT site Daurade, 2013

Façade de l'isdaT beaux-arts, 2013

Journées Portes Ouvertes de l'isdaT, mars 2017

Hsin Yun Tsai, DNSEP option art 2019. Photographie © Franck Alix

Louka Azzopardi, Camille Martenot, Louise Turner, BIP (Bibliothèque Itinérante Participative), lfjdeulfihxzukftikggrrehmd, exposition des diplômé·es DNSEP 2019 © Franck Alix