The isdaT – institut supérieur des arts et du design de Toulouse (isdaT – Toulouse Higher Institute of Arts and Design) is a public higher education institution dedicated to art, design, graphic design, music and dance.

Each field gives rise to specific courses and diplomas and may involve collaborative projects, depending on the course.

Initial training, continuing education, courses open to everyone, including those with no experience. All of our training courses respond to the social and educational importance of developing creation and transmission in our rapidly changing society.

The isdaT trains artists and creators in several fields, making this public higher education institution a unique environment in France for artistic and educational dialogue. Offering future authors, performers and teachers specialized courses in music, dance, design, graphic design and arts, the isdaT maintains a balance between practice and cultural and theoretical context. This equips students with the skills needed to flourish and integrate into professional and social life.

The isdaT also supports the importance of collaborative and interdisciplinary practices by deploying the knowledge and expertise which is increasingly applied in contemporary cultures. Creators are encouraged to “do it themselves” but also to “know how to do with others”, regardless of their practices. This collaborative approach is being developed within our courses and has given rise to the experimental course PLEXUS Lab from 2019 to 2020. PLEXUS Lab is based on a pedagogy of artistic projects combining various practices.

The isdaT belongs to a vast local, national and international network that gives it a great capacity for partnerships. Students are therefore presented with support and mobilization of the highest standard. With the public courses, the isdaT permits individuals of all ages to practice and develop their skills in the field of plastic arts. In addition, the isdaT offers continuing education primarily in the fields of music and dance, with plans to develop new offers in other fields. As it evolves, the isdaT prepares its students for the professions and challenges of the future, while being strongly anchored in its rich history.

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isdaT site Daurade, façade © Franck Alix
isdaT site Daurade, cour d'Honneur
Vernissage de lfjdeulfihxzukftikggrrehmd, exposition des diplômé·es DNSEP 2019 © Franck Alix
Studios de danse, isdaT site Saint-Pierre
Auditorium Saint-Pierre des Cuisines, isdaT site Saint-Pierre © Franck Alix

History of the isdaT

As part of the reform of French art schools, the isdaT – institut supérieur des arts et du design de Toulouse was created in 2011. As an Établissement public de coopération culturelle (EPCC – Public Institution for Cultural Cooperation), it brings together two schools: the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and the Centre d’Études Supérieures Musique et Danse de Toulouse. The creation of the isdaT has fostered a cross-disciplinary identity by combining projects in art, design, graphic design, music and dance as part of the curriculum.

History of the École des Beaux-Arts

The origin of the École des Beaux-arts (School of Fine Arts) dates back to the 17th century, when in 1680, the city of Toulouse opened a public school of drawing and painting at the Capitol. In 1750, the School was established as the Académie Royale de Peinture, Sculpture et Architecture (Royal Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture) in letters patent signed by Louis XV.

In the 19th century, it became the École des Beaux-Arts et des Sciences Industrielles (School of Fine Arts and Industrial Sciences). In 1806, the School relocated to the Musée des Augustins . In 1895, it once again moved to the buildings of the former tobacco factory, quai de la Daurade.

It was during this time that the current facade of the Palais des Arts was built. It was based on the plans of Pierre Esquié, a former student of the School and recipient of the Grand Prix de Rome for architecture. Today, the Palais houses the library and the old collection / media platform upstairs. On the ground floor, a large exhibition room is dedicated to the work of students and the planning of major exhibitions.


History of the Centre d’Études Supérieures Musique et Danse

In 1993, the Centre d’Études Supérieures Musique et Danse (CESMD – Centre for Advanced Studies in Music and Dance) was founded by the State, the City of Toulouse and the Toulouse – Jean Jaurès University, under the direction of Marc Bleuse.

According to the recommendations of the State, the CESMD and the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Toulouse have been united in the form of an Établissement Public de Coopération Culturelle (EPCC), known as the institut supérieur des arts et du design de Toulouse (isdaT).


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