Cycle 2: art option

The second cycle, art option, is structured around the experimental practice of each student. It is this experimentation that is being constantly nourished and legitimised by a constant reflection of its foundations and of what it arouses and how it maintains that desire.

This is why this cycle looks at art as general and multidisciplinary and is not structured around any speciality of a medium. Its goal is none other than the construction of each student’s personal project. Experimentation has, in this case, taken as a guiding theme the idea of contributory forms. It is around this that the educational content, seminars, research support and internship policy will be built.

Orientation, methodology and didactics

Contributory forms are a specific type of collective forms. The word contribution firstly belongs to the field of economics (contribution to a work, “contribution to the writing of a collective work”; part paid by each in an expense, a common charge). Etymologically, it comes from this same field since it derives from the Latin verb contribuo which means “to share”. On the debates trying to shed light on the concrete workings of the contemporary art institution, we will try to superimpose an experiment around contributing forms of artistic and theoretical production. This exploration will on the one hand take the form of a pedagogical orientation aimed at dismantling the simplistic divisions between theory and practice through a very close relationship between graphic artists and theorists. Their many common contributions attest to this: on the one hand, the thesis preparation courses, seminars, private lessons, gender 2030.

On the other hand, it is an experiment within the isdaT between the students themselves, as well as between the students and the teachers: the presentation of dissertations, creating exhibition spaces, the State of Research seminar. It will also take the form of a collaboration between different research groups from non-artistic institutions with a view to initiating research. Moreover, we cannot conclude this presentation without explaining the political dimension of such a project. This concern for structuring learning around an experiment on contributory forms of graphic and theoretical production can only respond to an increased awareness of the problems which beset our dominant production system.

Julia Solans, DNSEP option art 2020. Photographie © Franck Alix
CARTOUX Mathilde Cartoux, DNSEP ©franckalix-30

Organisation of studies

The educational organisation of cycle 2 consists of five areas:

  • workshop work (personal project) by each student;
  • lessons;
  • presentation of theses;
  • thesis;
  • creating an exhibition space.

These five areas are intimately linked and their tenuous interaction is the structuring of the student’s personal project.

Another key point which accompanies the five sections above is: the mobility internship(s).

La Turbine, tiers-lieu étudiant de la Cité internationale Université de Toulouse © Université de Toulouse

Semesters 7 and 8

The following courses are compulsory:

  • Faire salon;
  • thesis;
  • Solo show;
  • Language courses (semesters 7 and 8);
  • courses and workshops chosen within the programme (minimum 2);
  • art history courses;
  • “État des recherches” seminar.

Strongly recommended in supporting a student’s work:

  • introductory artistic research workshops;
  • internships, Erasmus exchanges and stays abroad. These can take place in semesters 7 or 8. During these internships, the student must remain in regular contact by e-mail with the professors and communicate on the progress of their work;
  • conferences;
  • participation in workshops.

Evaluations are done by the college. At the end of the semester, a jury of professors assesses all of the work.
Credits are awarded by the professors’ council on the advice of this jury.

At the start of semester 7, the student must choose a “thesis tutor” who will support the student in the preparation of their thesis. Together with the tutor, the student will build a team of teachers who can help them carry out their thesis. These teachers will be chosen from among the teachers in cycle 2. Thesis tutors will share information during periodic meetings.

Note that at the end of semester 8, the dissertation must be fully written and edited. It will be presented during the evaluation and will be decisive in advancing to year 5.

Ioa Beduneau, DNSEP option art 2020. Photographie © Franck Alix

Semesters 9 and 10

The following courses are compulsory:

  • presentation of the thesis;
  • staging;
  • art history courses;
  • courses and workshops chosen within the programme (minimum 2);
  • the seminar “Preparation for professional life”.

Participation in the “État des recherches” seminar and conference follow-up are strongly recommended.

The evaluations are carried out by the college and take place in the same way as for semesters 7 and 8.

During the DNSEP, the thesis and project are evaluated by an external jury. At the start of semester 9, the student must choose a “project director”. Together with the director, the student will build a team of teachers who can help them carry out their project. These teachers will be chosen from among the teachers in cycle 2. The “project directors” share their information during periodic meetings, overseen by the professor responsible for supporting students in year 5 at DNSEP and their deputies, in order to get an idea of the overall evolution of each student.

Jocelin Maurel, admis avec les félicitations du jury, DNSEP option design 2022. Photographie © Franck Alix

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
Éléonore False

Department secretary
Bettina Mellet and Fabrice Matéo
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