Sylvain Jule - DNSEP Design graphique 2015
© A. Caunes
Sylvain Jule - DNSEP Design graphique 2015
© A. Caunes

Art and Design

Art and Design are the core of the course

Art and Design: two singular, but complementary disciplines
The course is structured along two lines: art and design, which are closely woven together to respond to changes in the socio-economic landscape. The art option offers a unique training framework where the student's project has to be measured against critical examination. It includes a programme of interventions by renowned guests and is supported by trips and visits to exhibitions necessary to the openness of mind required by the option: Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg), Scotland, New-York, Berlin, Brussels, the Venice Biennale (of contemporary art), ... The design option gives students the knowledge and methodology to become responsible designers, concerned to maintain the balance between man and his environment and major players in social innovation. The ESADSE emphasises the complementarity of the two disciplines. This is why the students are able to take part in joint seminars, workshops, talks and engage with the other discipline. It is these cross-disciplinary experiences and transverse approach that give the teaching of art and design at ESADSE its specificity.

A five-year course to develop creativity and a vocational approach.

Year 1 is generalist year intended to prepare students intellectually and artistically for the the different pathways possible at the School.
Years 2 and 3 form the core of the course and students prepare to take the DNA (national diploma in art) If they pass the DNA and the teaching team gives its approval, students go on to project phase of their training, culminating in taking the DNSEP (national postgraduate diploma in plastic arts), which is equivalent to a Masters. This two-year course is organised around the development of the student's specific personal project. To help to professionalise the students, the School sets collaborative projects with companies and various institutions: Tôlerie Forezienne, STAS, Groupe La Poste, Institut Paul Bocuse, Rondino, Office du Tourisme, Céralep, Focal, Orange, Weiss, Casino, Entreprise Polissage Ray, Verrerie de Saint-Just, ...
Its links with regional cultural institutions are also strength: organisation of exhibitions with the FRAC Auvergne, projects in partnership with the Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain de Saint-Étienne Métropole, collaboration with contemporary art galleries or placements for students working on the issue of dissemination and monstration.

Activities that stimulate creativity

Conferences and talks, numerous workshops, projects and off-site exhibitions are regularly programmed: participation in the COP21 Official Stamp competition in partnership with the La Poste group, participation in a design competition in an exclusive partnership with Rondino, the "Tu nais, Tuning, Tu meurs" exhibition at the Musée d'Art et d'Industrie, exhibitions at the Galerie Bernard Ceysson , workshop on urban furniture with Tôlerie Forezienne presented during the 2015 Biennial and at Paris Design Week 2015, a video and musical creation workshop with the Conservatoire Massenet, a workshop entitled "Un objet à danser" in partnership with the Centre Chorégraphique de Montpellier, participation in the Paris Designer's Days in June 2015, study trip to the FID in Marseille, etc. During the 2014-2015 academic year, the School hosted, as part of its cycle of talks: Alessandro Ludovico, Jean-Baptiste Fastrez, Olivier Filippi, Peter Bil'ak, etc..