Year 1 (Program 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 know-how and the various experiments. Alongside a solid plastic training, great attention is paid to project methodology, theory and art history, which enrich the plastic research. The manufacture and design of objects thus lead to the elaboration of projects. The learning of a foreign language is done in relation to theoretical and practical teaching.
The teaching of fundamentals (visual arts and plastic arts) - in which a large part is given to drawing - goes hand in hand with a first approach to scenography. During the workshop devoted to large-format painting and the seminars and studios for initiation to scenography, 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 achievements of the training are made visible during the semester assessments and continuous controls, during which the students present their work. The quality of the achievements, the relevance and the originality of the treatment of the subjects are evaluated and placed in the field of art. At the end of the year, L’Écrit 1
(“The Essential”) must also be provided. It synthesizes what has been learned and reveals the beginning of an artistic process.
*The first year cannot be repeated.
Coordination: Frédéric Pohl
Year 2 (Program Phase)
The student deepens his fundamental knowledge in order to deploy a personal practice. This practice is expressed both in a response to the different learning experiences and in an individual creative process. Some subjects become optional, which allows the student to assert singular choices of training. Pedagogy is supported by an intense use of the means made available by the digital platform and is underpinned by space-related issues. The scenography takes on greater scope; 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 representation, particularly in the context of the First Stage on Stage project.
Methodology, art history, aesthetics, and the English language are taught in the form of seminars. The capacity for analysis and the mastery of communication tools (oral and written) thus reinforce the projects. The practical and technical studios, personal work in the studio, workshops and external training in collaboration with the school’s partners contribute to the evolution of know-how and the development of critical thinking. The student appropriates the tools adapted to his work and, if necessary, invents new ones.
They question the role of the artist in contemporary society and his or her future. At the same time, he produces an edition through L’Écrit 2 (“The Interview”).
Coordination: Laurent P. Berger
Year 3 (Program Phase)
Conclusion of the programme phase leading to the National Art Diploma (DNA), option art & scenography, the 3rd year aims at deepening the theoretical and practical knowledge that enriches the student’s project. Immersed in the doing and forged by analysis, a personal expression becomes clearer.
The practices of installation and monstration are at the centre of the workshop and studio proposed to the students in the room at Quai Antoine 1er in Monaco, a vast space in which they present a collective exhibition; they are also convened within the ARC on registration Le Jardin comme exposition - L’Exposition comme jardin. The scenography of shows and performing arts, linked to the courses in theatrical aesthetics, is approached through the critical observation of a contemporary show; it is also deployed through two ARCs upon registration: Les Imprévus and L’Invention de Morel. The art history courses question the codes of the exhibition and the foreign language courses focus on texts and subjects of current art events. The mastery of 2D / 3D tools supports the realization of individual and collective projects, and participates in their invention. Options are proposed among the following: object design / ceramics, photography, publishing, engraving, graphics, sound (acoustics), drawing, video. The internship confirms a professional experience in line with the student’s personal ambitions. Finally, the production of L’Écrit 3 (“The Essay”), in a free and referenced form, provides feedback on the year’s experience, analyses the evolution of the course and suggests the beginnings of research. During the diploma exam, the student validates the pedagogical contributions of the past three years. On this occasion, he testifies to his progress and presents an autonomous plastic work, in dialogue with the scenographic stakes and artistic references.
Coordination: Mathieu Schmitt