Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique

The Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique (DNSEP) (equivalent to a Master’s degree) is an approved national level I diploma, bac +5, equivalent to a master 2. It takes 2 years to complete, thus constituting the second cycle of studies.

At isdaT, the DNSEP is offered in 3 options: art, design and graphic design.

AC/DC HLM au Centre d'art Le Lait, avril 2017 © Adrien Juilliard, isdaT Toulouse
Nour Matrak, admise avec mention, DNSEP option design 2022. Photographie © Franck Alix
Hugo Salban-Crema, admis avec mention, DNSEP option art 2022. Photographie © Franck Alix
AC/DC HLM au Centre d'art Le Lait, avril 2017 © Adrien Juilliard, isdaT Toulouse
AC/DC HLM au Centre d'art Le Lait, avril 2017 © Adrien Julliard

Cycle 2 objectives

In the 2nd cycle, the goals relate to the development and affirmation of a personal practice, its conditions of visibility as well as intelligence on an artistic, historical and philosophical level. It involves deepening the development of a course of thought and work leading to the complete autonomy of the student during the DNSEP. At this stage, students should be able to develop an autonomous approach allowing them to integrate new elements into their research.

At the DNSEP level, the following qualities are required:

  • ability to carry out graphic art work testifying to a mastery of techniques and technologies acquired during the programme,
  • knowledge and understanding of a higher level field of study, especially in terms of research; providing proof of personal development and originality,
  • ability to use this knowledge and understanding in a synthetic way, in a broader context (science, social space, etc.) in relation to the field of art,
  • ability to articulate and communicate complex elements, to formalise positions including nuanced reflections on the artist’s situation in artistic, social, political fields,
  • development of the skills necessary for the pursuit of research that can be part of the doctoral process,
  • ability to know and promote one’s knowledge and skills in professional circles.

Find out more about cycle 2 art

Find out more about cycle 2 design, spaces, objects and ecosystems specialisation

Find out more about cycle 2 graphic design

Vingt-trois, exposition à Lieu-commun, Toulouse © Damien Aspe, avril 2023

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.



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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