Cycle 1: art option

The art option is dedicated to the ways in which art exists and is emerging today. It reveals the artistic representations and practices of the future. Issues and questions are raised, which students face with the support, experience, and insights that professors have acquired from their own artistic or theoretical experience.

Cycle 1 is organised so that it fulfils a dual purpose. It makes it possible to grasp a variety of media and practices. It allows each student to establish a unique field of research. During the two years, emphasis is placed on the primary importance of ‘workshop culture’, i.e. the acquisition of knowledge through experimentation with media. This workshop time is a period in which to develop tools, to explore artistic thinking through practice.

By ‘workshop culture’, we mean: the path, the steps, the language, the tools, and the enriching resources required to bring an idea to fruition. In the topic on enriching resources, we will focus on elements of knowledge: history of media, techniques, and their context; fluency in written and spoken language; and development of a critical approach to the challenges of artistic practices. The topic on language will focus on the components required to envisage how an idea will be brought to fruition.

Media practice is often accompanied by installation as a tool for debate, risk-taking, and note-taking. Other presentation materials are used according to the nature and artistic sensibility of the projects (online layout, page layout, staging, projection). The development of ideas and forms takes precedence over assessment alone. The back-and-forth between thought and form gradually leads the student to refine his or her perspective.

Participation in conferences, seminars, registration for workshops, experience acquired during internships in France and abroad, but also well organised workshops or taking the initiative of having exhibitions outside the institute are all elements favourable to the social repute of any young artist and are a part of everyday life of the art option.

Look Mom No Head!, workshop peinture avec Arthur Stokvis & Laurent Proux
Look Mom No Head!, workshop peinture avec Arthur Stokvis & Laurent Proux
Look Mom No Head!, workshop peinture avec Arthur Stokvis & Laurent Proux
Workshop avec Jagna Ciuchta, mai 2016
Journées Portes Ouvertes de l'isdaT, février 2022 © Franck Alix

Course categories

Courses are divided into common courses (Phallophories, Réclame(s)), elective courses and introductory research workshops. Students are free to choose the courses they want as long as they do not overlap.
In year 2, at the start of each semester (semesters 3 and 4), students will have to choose three courses from among the elective courses. If they so wish, the choice of an introductory research workshop (within the limit of one workshop) can be added to these three courses.
In year 3, at the start of each semester (semesters 5 and 6), students will have to choose two courses from the elective courses. If they so wish, the choice of an introductory research workshop can be added to these two elective courses. A change of at least one course must take place at the beginning of semester 4.

Weekly meetings bringing together teachers (college) and students in small groups. They allow regular monitoring of each student’s situations and projects.

Journées Portes Ouvertes de l'isdaT © Franck Alix, février 2019
Restitutions d cela semaine des workshops, février 2022 © isdaT


Credits are awarded by the college of teachers on the basis of elements of continuous assessment resulting from work during lessons and presentations designed as a “test gallery”.

The path to a diploma

During the DNA, research and course work done by the student during the first six semesters are evaluated by a guest jury.
The written portion of the DNA will focus on a work of which the student is not the author. It can take into account various artistic fields (alternative arts, music, cinema, theatre, writing, multimedia, design, architecture, etc.). The preparation and follow-up of this written submission should be built on from the start of the year through collective meetings during courses.

Fanny Riviere, DNA art 2022

Admission into cycle 2

Before obtaining the DNA, students who wish to continue their second cycle studies at isdaT will appear before an admissions committee. The above is based on a selection of works. A student can appear before several committees. Students must also appear before the equivalence and admission committees of other schools, all while taking into account their career path and ambitions.

Find out more about cycle 2 art.


Courses catalog

Since the start of the 2023 academic year, all information concerning the course programme and timetables can be found on the dedicated Art, design and graphic design courses catalog website (in French).


Art, design, and graphic design studies director
David Mozziconacci

Coordinating teachers
Simon Bergala and Sarah Holveck

Department secretary
Bettina Mellet and Fabrice Matéo
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