1st cycle


1st YEAR (Programme Phase)

The objective of the first year is to acquire a form of autonomy in the use of tools and artistic vocabulary.
Personal work is gradually established, in connection with the learning of skills and the various experiments. In parallel with a solid plastic training, a great deal of attention is paid to project methodology, theory and art history, which allow for the enrichment of plastic research. The manufacture and design of objects lead to the development of projects. The learning of a foreign language is done in relation with the theoretical and practical teaching.
The teaching of the fundamentals (visual arts and plastic arts) - in which drawing plays a major role - is combined with a first approach to scenography. During the workshop on large-scale painting and the seminars and studios on stage design, the students are confronted with the dimensions of the stage, assimilate the theoretical bases of its evolution through the centuries and experience the body in space.
The results of the training are made visible during the semester’s assessments and ongoing tests, during which the students present their work. The quality of the work, the relevance and originality of the subjects are evaluated and placed back in the field of art. At the end of the year, The Written 1 (“L’Essentiel”) must also be submitted. It synthesizes what has been learned and reveals the beginnings of an artistic approach.

*The first year cannot be repeated.
Coordination: Frédéric Pohl

2nd YEAR (Programme Phase)

The student deepens his or her fundamental knowledge in order to develop a personal practice. The latter is expressed both in a response to the various courses of study and in an individual creative approach. Certain subjects become optional, which allows the student to assert his or her own particular educational choices.
Supported by an intense use of the means made available by the digital platform, the pedagogy is underpinned by issues related to space. Scenography takes on greater importance; through its conceptual aspects, it encompasses the acquisition of a precise formal vocabulary and a logic of thought that takes into account the space-time of the performance, particularly in the context of the Adaptation project.

Methodology, art history, aesthetics, and English language are taught in seminars. The ability to analyse and master communication tools (oral and written) thus reinforce the projects. The practical and technical studios, personal work in the workshops and the external internship in collaboration with the school’s partners contribute to the evolution of know-how and the development of critical thinking.
The student questions the role of the artist in contemporary society and his or her future. At the same time, he or she produces an edition through The Written 2, (“L’Entretien”).

Coordination: Laurent P. Berger

3rd YEAR (Programme Phase)

The 3rd year concludes the programme phase leading to the National Art Diploma (DNA), art and scenography option, and aims to deepen the theoretical and practical knowledge that enriches the student’s project. Immersed in the making and forged by analysis, a personal expression becomes clear.
Installation and display practices are at the heart of the workshop and studio proposed to the students in the Quai Antoine 1er in Monaco, a vast space in which they present a collective exhibition. The scenography of performance and live art, linked to the theatrical aesthetics courses, is approached through the critical observation of a contemporary show; it is also deployed through the collaboration with the National Theatre of Nice.
The art history classes question the codes of the exhibition and those of foreign language focus on texts and subjects from the arts. The mastery of 2D / 3D tools supports the creation of individual and collective projects, and contributes to their invention. Options are offered among the following: object design / ceramics, photography, publishing, engraving, graphic design, sound (acoustic), video devices, Digital Lab. The internship provides professional experience in line with the student’s personal ambitions. Finally, the production of The Written 3 (« L’Essai »), in a free and referenced form, provides a review of the year’s experience, analyses the evolution of the course and gives a glimpse of the beginnings of a research project.
During the diploma test, the student validates the educational contributions of the past three years. On this occasion, he/she will testify to his/her progress and present an autonomous plastic work, in dialogue with the scenographic challenges and artistic references.

Coordination: Mathieu Schmitt