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, mars 2017 © Franck Alix, isdaT Toulouse
Journées Portes Ouvertes, mars 2017 © Franck Alix

Course Curriculum

Year 1: Core Curriculum


  • Cycle 1 art
  • Cycle 1 design, spaces and objects specialisation
  • Cycle 1 graphic design

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 of the art, design and graphic design curriculum is a year of learning combined with a fairly open-ended introduction to the most varied aspects of contemporary creation.

These two semesters allow students to challenge their level of commitment to what constitutes the beginning of a path of excitement and discovery which each student will have to forge on their own. It will be as much about learning and mastering the technical and theoretical bases necessary for the development of an ambitious creative project as it will be about taking this project and fostering a relationship with the world around us. The most current issues will form a constructive dialogue with questions posed throughout the history of art, all for the purpose of putting into perspective each student’s commitment. Lessons will be made up of several components: theoretical courses (philosophy, art history, cinema, writing methodology, languages); technical and hands-on workshop courses (drawing-colour-silk screen printing, volume-space, digital practices, photography, video, sound); introduction to physical movement; experiences in art, design and graphic design; collective presentations of work, conferences, workshops, study trips.

At the end of the year, each student will choose which option they wish to pursue in their studies: art, design or graphic design

Find out more about Year 1.

Workshop design graphique avec Jul Quanouai, dans le cadre de la semaine des workshops année 1, mars 2023 © isdaT

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, spaces and objects specialisation

Find out more about Cycle 1 graphic design

Journées Portes Ouvertes de l’isdaT, février 2022. Photographie © Franck Alix

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:

  • project workshops in relation with outside
  • technical facilities and tools
  • workshops and seminars
  • conferences
  • exhibitions and events
  • introductory artistic research workshops (AIRA)
  • 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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