Diplôme National d’Art

The Diplôme National d’Art (DNA) is an accredited National Level II diploma, Bac +3, equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree. The course takes 3 years, which constitutes the first cycle of studies.

At isdaT, 3 options are offered for the DNA. At the end of the first year, students must select one of the following: art, design or graphic design. After passing the third year and obtaining the diploma, students are able to apply for and continue their studies in the second cycle, which leads to the Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique (DNSEP) (equivalent to a Master’s degree), 2 years after the DNA.

Journées Portes Ouvertes, mars 2017 © Franck Alix, isdaT Toulouse
Journées Portes Ouvertes de l'isdaT, mars 2017
Journées Portes Ouvertes, mars 2017 © Franck Alix, isdaT Toulouse
Journées Portes Ouvertes, mars 2017 © Franck Alix

Course Curriculum

Year 1: Core Curriculum


  • Cycle 1: Art Option
  • Cycle 1: Design Option
  • Cycle 1: Graphic Design Option

Diagram of Art, Design and Graphic Design Studies.

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

Year 1

Year 1 is a year of learning which includes a broad introduction to the most varied aspects of contemporary creation. These two semesters allow students to test their strong commitment to what will be the beginning of a path that each student will pursue as they discover their areas of interest. This will involve learning the technical and theoretical foundations that are necessary for developing an ambitious creative project as well as using students’ own relationships to the world to inform their projects. The most topical issues must be combined with those raised throughout the history of art in the form of a constructive dialogue that aims to put each student’s commitment into perspective.

Find out more about Year 1.

Le plein & le vide, workshop design avec Franck Fontana et les étudiants en année 1 à l'isdaT, mars 2019

Cycle 1 Objectives

The three years of work that lead to the Diplôme National d’Art allow students to develop:

  • their knowledge and understanding of the issues running through every aspect of artistic creation, both from a theoretical and and artistic point of view
  • visual experimentation through a wide range of media
  • knowledge of the professional world through internships, meetings with external speakers, and partnership projects
  • the ability to identify, analyse, and use aesthetic and conceptual elements related to their own field of research
  • the ability to grasp what is at stake in the work, to present it and to make a well-thought-out argument
  • their openness to a field of artistic research to be explored in a personal project, using an approach that requires a high degree of autonomy.

Find out more about Cycle 1: Art

Find out more about Cycle 1: Design

Find out more about Cycle 1: Graphic Design

Semaine des workshops, février 2018

Teaching resources

In addition to practical and theoretical courses, the specific nature of art schools offers students diversified forms of education provided by instructors and external speakers:

  • workshops and seminars
  • technical facilities and tools
  • conferences
  • exhibitions and events
  • introductory artistic research workshops
  • external projects
  • internships, gap years & international exchanges.

Find out more about teaching resources.

Workshop typographie avec Tom Henni © Franck Alix, février 2021


Administrative staff

Art, Design, and Graphic Design Studies Director
David Mozziconacci

Department Secretary
Bettina Mellet and Fabrice Matéo
+33 (0)5 31 47 11 95
+33 (0)5 31 47 11 94

Educational staff

Lists and biographies of professors and teaching assistants.

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