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.

Journées Portes Ouvertes de l'isdaT © Franck Alix, février 2019
Journées Portes Ouvertes de l'isdaT, février 2020 © Franck Alix

Semesters 1 & 2

In Semester 1 and Semester 2, the course includes several compulsory components:

  • theoretical instruction: philosophy, art history, cinema, research methodology, languages
  • technical and practical training in the workshop: drawing, engraving, colour, and screen printing, volume and space, digital practices, photography, video, and sound
  • group presentations of work
  • conferences
  • workshops
  • trips.

Before the end-of-year assessment, students will submit a substantial personal folder called a ‘document’: it demonstrates their knowledge gained over the past two semesters and reflects their commitment to and motivation for pursuing further studies. This document will outline the highlights of their progress over the course of the year. It will gather together studies, sketches, texts, supporting documents, projects and the cultural and artistic events they have participated in (meetings, conferences, visits to exhibitions, trips, readings, and shows, etc.). This work is produced throughout the year; the document will act as a record of the students’ experiences.

Semaine des workshops, février 2018
Atelier bois, isdaT © Franck Alix


Credits are awarded for Semesters 1 and 2. The assessment methods are as follows:

  1. An assessment at the end of Semester 1 in the form of an oral interview based on a presentation of the work will enable the course taken by each student to be measured and analysed, and feedback will be given to each student on that semester’s work. Students will have to show their commitment to the field of artistic creation. Written comments are provided to each student by the teaching team.
  2. A full-year assessment at the end of Semester 2, comprising:
  • an oral test during which the examiners review the work of Semesters 1 and 2 and the student’s progress since coming to isdaT;
  • the evaluation of the ‘document’ submitted by the student, relating to his/her artistic ideas and personal engagement with the field of artistic creation. This document will be evaluated on its presentation and how it is written, as well as on the iconographical research.

During these two tests, the teaching team assesses all of the students’ artistic and theoretical knowledge and skills, their capacity for analysis and criticism, the quality and quantity of their production, their development over the course of the year, and their ability to engage in individual research.

The examiners carrying out this assessment will present their conclusions to the teaching staff involved in the two semesters. A decision is made jointly; a written opinion is given to the student. In order to be admitted to Semester 3, the student must have obtained 60 credits. Repeating the course is not permitted, except in a serious case (illness, accident). The decision to progress to Semester 3 or the permission to repeat is made by the management, on the recommendation of the teaching staff.

Atelier son, isdaT
Atelier son, isdaT
Atelier son © Christine Sibran

Choice of options

At the end of the year, each student will have to choose an option for continuing their studies: art, design or graphic design. In order to learn about the direction of each of the three options available at the institution, from the month of January on, students are invited to attend the upper-year assessments and, later on, graduation. Students are offered a presentation on the content of the options.

Workshop design Céramique 3D au 8Fablab avec le studio Les Communs © Jean-Marc Evezard, février 2021

Timetables and course sheets


Art, Design, and Graphic Design Studies Director
David Mozziconacci

Coordinating teachers
Valérie du Chéné and Arnaud Loridan

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

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