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The isdaT — institut supérieur des arts de Toulouse is a public institution of higher education dedicated to the fine arts, design, graphic design, music, and dance.
Each specialty field has a course resulting in specific diplomas and may give rise to collaborative projects, depending on the projects and cursus.
Initial training, ongoing training, classes open to all, including amateurs – all of our courses respond to the social and pedagogical importance of developing creation and education in our changing society.


The institut supérieur des arts de Toulouse trains artists and performers in various fields, making this public tertiary establishment a unique place in France for artistic and pedagogical exchanges. Future authors, performers, and teachers will find courses at the isdaT specialising in music, dance, design, graphic design, and the fine arts, with a balance between practical activities and cultural and theoretical contextualisation, thus enabling the students to be equipped to fulfil their potential and wholly integrate professional and social life.

The isdaT also affirms the importance of collaborative and interdisciplinary practices in the deployment of knowledge and skills, which are increasingly useful in contemporary cultures. More and more often, creative artists are encouraged to “do it themselves” but also to be “team players”, irrespective of their own practice. This collaborative approach is developed within our courses and in 2019-2020 has given rise to an experimental course, The Lab, based on teaching art projects that associate diverse practices.

The isdaT falls within a vast local, national, and international network that gives it a great capacity for partnerships, thus offering the students strong foundations but also flexibility, which is essential. With its external classes, the isdaT enables all people of all ages to practice and perfect their training in the field of fine arts. Furthermore, the isdaT offers ongoing training mainly in the fields of music and dance, and hopes to develop new courses in other fields. As it evolves, the isdaT is preparing its students for tomorrow’s careers and stakes, while remaining firmly anchored in its rich history.

missions of a cultural tertiary institution

  • Organisation of artistic tertiary studies into 3 cycles, and award of national diplomas;
  • Implementation of research projects (conferences, workshops, seminars, international partnerships, publications);
  • Production and dissemination inside and outside the walls (exhibitions, show, concerts) in partnership with numerous artistic and cultural venues;
  • International relations (student and teacher travel, international partnerships);
  • Professional internships and placements of graduates.

award of qualifications

Fine arts department

  • National Arts Diploma (third-year level, french equivalent of the Bachelor of Arts Degree) in the options art, design and graphic design, conferring the grade of Licence;
  • National University Diploma in Artistic Expression (fifth-year level, french equivalent of the Master of Arts Degree) in the options art, design and graphic design, conferring the grade of Master 2.

Performing arts department

  • National Professional University Diploma in Music (third-year level);
  • National Diploma in Music Teaching (third-year level);
  • National Diploma in Dance Teaching (second-year level);
  • Master of Music in Organ Performance (fifth-year level).

isdaT members 2019–2020

  • 306 students in art, design or graphic design,
  • 360 students enrolled in public classes in the fine arts,
  • 120 students of music or dance,
  • 100 interns undertaking informal ongoing training or EAV candidates.

consultation and funding bodies

The isdaT is managed by a board of directors presided by Catherine Blanc, the municipal councillor of the Toulouse city council in charge of culture. The board of directors deliberates on all questions pertaining to the operation of the institution and particularly the general orientation of the institution’s policy, the study regulations, the general internal regulations, the budget and accounting, etc. Its composition is inscribed within the statutes of the institution.

The Board of Education and Student Activities meets every 3 months and deals with questions related to the pedagogy of the establishment, to student activities, and to the school’s overall mission and its fulfilment. The composition of the board is laid down in the statues and, besides the management team, associates representatives from partner organisations, teachers, assistants, students and non-teaching staff.

The Scientific Board is a shared consultative organism of isdaT. Its composition is laid down in the statues of the institution. It comprises teacher and student representatives and external personalities. The Board is consulted regarding training programmes, research projects, and projects concerning the modification or creation of diplomas.

The Technical Committee has jurisdiction in terms of the organisation and operation of services, staff training, hygiene and security, employment conditions and human resources policy. It meets three times a year.

Vue de Toulouse

isdaT site Daurade, cour d'Honneur

isdaT beaux-arts, cour d'Honneur

isdaT site Daurade, verrière

isdaT beaux-arts, verrière

isdaT site Daurade, façade © Franck Alix

isdaT beaux-arts, façade © Franck Alix

Auditorium Saint-Pierre des Cuisines, isdaT site Saint-Pierre © Franck Alix

Auditorium Saint-Pierre des Cuisines © Franck Alix

Studios de danse, isdaT site Saint-Pierre

Studios de danse Saint-Pierre des Cuisines

Auditorium et studios de danse, isdaT site Saint-Pierre des Cuisines © W-Architectures

Auditorium et studios de danse Saint-Pierre des Cuisines © W-Architectures

isdaT site La Vache, CRR de Toulouse

CRR de Toulouse, annexe de la Vache

Vernissage de lfjdeulfihxzukftikggrrehmd, exposition des diplômé·es DNSEP 2019 © Franck Alix