Art & Design

ENSA Dijon

International mobility

The International : At the heart of ENSA’s strategy

At ENSA Dijon, the international inhabits every aspect of the life of this school. Far from being simply a topic in itself, it is rather a way of being, of thinking and of approaching the world and our professions. This approach can be found as much in our regular curriculum as in the internships carried out in the 4th year, workshops, Research and Creation workshops, and particularly in the residence programmes and preparation for professional life that ENSA has proposed to our recent artist graduates since 2015. 


From Local to International

ENSA Dijon created the Centre for Action and Research in Contemporary Art (PARAC) which allows the school to develop its visibility internationally as well as increase professional opportunities such as organizing exhibits of international artists and international conferences (similar to the talk given by Richard Armstrong, Director of the Guggenheim Museum and Foundation in New York on challenges faced by museums, entitled Museums Today). Networking, an essential asset in teaching art and design, will continue to be developed at an international level.


International Study

ENSA Dijon prioritizes foreign travel by encouraging its students to go abroad during their studies and by welcoming foreign students each year. Furthermore, many foreign visitors (artists and professionals) have been invited to participate in research at ENSA as part of the Research and Creation workshops, workshops, talks and study days all thanks to the Art & Society Research Unit. Study trips abroad have also been scheduled, as well as residency programmes and preparation for professional life that the school offers to recent graduates.


Study Abroad and Internships

Our students have the possibility of experiencing another country in the first semester of the 4th year, either :

  • By studying for a semester in Europe with Erasmus+ or further afield
  • Or by completing a professional internship (in museums, galleries, artists’ studios), which students are assisted in finding.


What about financial assistance?

  • The Erasmus+ grant (semester in the EU) : approx. €250/month
  • Dynastage and Aquisis grants from the Burgundy-Franche-Comté Region : approx. €250/month
  • ENSA grant (semester outside the EU) : approx. €500/month
  • International Mobility grant from the Ministry of Culture (if receiving a univeristy study grant from the Ministry of Culture according to social need) : approx. €400/month 

Students receiving financial assistance based on social need set by CROUS can continue to receive it during their stay abroad.


Mobility Committee

During the first semester of the 4th year, all students must complete a study period at a school or university abroad, or an internship in a company or with an artist in France or abroad.  With this in mind, third year students should present a coherent mobility project to the mobility committee for examination.  This committee is generally made up of the third year coordinator, the head of international relations and a language teacher.  

Each student must appear before the mobility committee regardless of the nature of their project. Their presence does not result in a mark or the granting of credits. Each student is allocated 15 minutes to present their study project abroad or internship in France or abroad.

The student must give the mobility committee a 15-page dossier (in French and English) of their project including:

  • an outline of the project and motivation behind the choice of destination, school or company (approx. 1 page);
  • a portfolio of their current work and main references (approx. 10 pages);
  • a curriculum vitae (approx. 1 page);

The committee will study the presented project (desired destination, school or company) and approve or otherwise the mobility project. The committee will examine the presented project for the purpose of allocating mobility grants, in particular the Erasmus+ grant, in view of the global amount attributed to ENSA Dijon by the European agency.

Furthermore, ENSA Dijon would like to draw the students’ attention to languages and in particular certain foreign institutions requiring a B2 level of a foreign language, certified by a linguistic test (IELTS, TOEIC or TOEFL for English). 


Obtaining Credits

  • It is compulsory for all students who spend a semester as part of the Erasmus+ scheme to validate their ECTS credits within the host institute.  On their return they must hand in documentation showing proof of these ECTS credits to the Secretary of Pedagogy in order to validate their semester.
  • Upon their arrival at ENSA Dijon, foreign students are expected to complete a study contract stipulating the courses they will take during the semester (up to 30 credits).  They can choose from among the different technical and practical workshops and classes offered by the school.  This contract will be the basis for drawing up their individual evaluation sheet.  They will sit an end-of-semester evaluation to validate their ECTS credits.  A document providing proof of these credits will be issued to them in order to validate their semester with their home school.


Professional opportunities abroad

Upon receiving their Masters Degree (DNSEP), young artists and designers, who recently graduated, are eligible to apply for one of the programmes of international residency and exhibition created by ENSA Dijon, right from the beginning of their professional life.  These programmes aim to develop their professional networks and help them start their careers under the best conditions.



Since 2018, students currently in their 5th year and DNSEP level 1-2-3 at ENSA Dijon, as well as those from the School of Communication and Art (ECA) of the University of Sao Paulo (USP) have been invited to apply for this programme, which offers:

  • 4-6 week residence in Sao Paulo and an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) of the University of Sao Paolo for the French awardee;
  • 4-6 week residence in Dijon and an exhibition in a Dijon museum for the Brazilian awardee.

The School of Communication and Art (ECA) of the University of Sao Paulo (USP) and ENSA Dijon will each select their candidate. An internal jury, presided over by the Director, will choose the successful French candidate.

The chosen artist will receive a €3000 grant from ENSA to cover the cost of the flight, accommodation and food. The young artist chosen in Brazil is subject to the same conditions.

To be selected, the candidates will respond to the call for applications (February-March) by sending a CV, an outline of intention specifying their motivation for this residence, and a book presenting their work in English and French.

2018: Richard Mourouvin (ENSA Dijon) & Idalecio Da Silva (USP Sao Paulo)
2019: Mathilde Chassaigne (ENSA Dijon) & Teresa Maria Siewert (USP Sao Paulo)
2020: Mona Rocher (ENSA Dijon)
2020-2022 – programme deferred due to COVID19


Cité International des Arts Residency

In 2020, ENSA Dijon clinched a partnership with the Cité international des arts to offer a residency programme for one young artist at the Cité International des arts. Young artists having receiving their Masters (DNSEP) and students currently in DNSEP level 1-2-3 at ENSA Dijon are eligible to apply for this programme, which offers the awardee a 2-month residency (lodging and workshop) at the Cité international des arts:

2020: Angélique Jacquemoire et Andrea Sparta 
2021:  Junyang Lee
2022: Jade Maily et Maëva Ferreira Da Costa.


Focus on Coopération DIJON-WUHAN 

In 2017, The Wuhan School of Art and Design of the Technological University of Hubei and ENSA Dijon created relations to develop exchanges and experimental research around the issue of design at the scale of the contemporary city. 

To contribute to the reformulation of the contemporary city, it is not only necessary to redesign the archetypes of urban setting but also to show and invite new uses, practices and projections: cities that are social, sustainable, green, resilient, productive, recreational, for exchanges. To upset habits, formulate dreams, live in the streets and the city differently, to give neighbourhoods back quality of life, limit trips. The tools used are those already in place in the Research and Creation Workshop Urban Mutations: to question, listen, document, reflect, invite, then build in situ, experiment in the scale of space, to confront. 


Part One: New uses for public space

Cross-Workshops / Conference
October 2018 / April 2019

This cross-work between the two schools involved the collective practice of experimentation: to build together in public space in contact with inhabitants new ways of living in the city, share our differences to question them, confront, build, bring to the fore in temporary and experimental ways new objects and spaces for the contemporary city. 

In October 2018 a group of 11 ENSA Dijon students, supervised by Jean-Pierre Tixier, Laurent Matras and the architect Benjamin Frick, flew to China and a first workshop marked the start of this exchange. Around 20 Chinese students joined this workshop in which was conceived, built and placed in situ small urban mobile furniture in bamboo and injected plastic to illustrate new hypotheses for usage and sharing public space. 

In March 2019, a group of University of Wuhan students joined by their professors came to Dijon for a workshop themed Food in Public Space. The same work protocol as at Wuhan was applied : conception, fabrication and installation in situ in contact with users.

A 2-day conference entitled « Agoras contemporaines, processus alternatifs de construction de l’espace public. » led to a publication.


Part Two: Urban Cool Islands 

November 2022/ March 2023

In 2022, in connection with these spaces we wish to address an issue that all big cities in the world face now, namely the intense heat to which they are exposed with increased frequency. This problem Wuhan knows well, belonging to the « 5 Chinese ovens ». We will try to reply to the urban heat islands with solutions producing urban cool islands to be deployed at the base of buildings, closes and streets.

The first step consists in drawing from public space using photographs, films, interviews, drawings.

The second step will be analysis: the sorts of place, existing or past solutions to bring coolness, low-tech solutions we will devise and formulate.

The third and final step will be restitution work: creating an exhibition to show this work. 

By drawing on work undertaken at Wuhan, the return of this workshop will consist in planning a transposition of projects conceived at Wuhan keeping in mind the special features, needs, culture, sociology, spatial organisation and climate of Dijon city.


Welcoming Artists and Students in Exile

Residences for artists in exile

Since 2021, ENSA has been committed to welcoming artist refugees. These residences allow artists who needed to flee their country to pursue their own artistic research projects and creation. They benefit from financing by the Programme for the Urgent Welcome of Scientists in Exile (PAUSE), launched at the initiative of the Ministry of Research in Higher Education and Innovation in January 2017 and supported by the Collège de France.

Invited artists have access to all resources at ENSA (tools, material, technical workshops), benefitting from technical and logistical aid linked to their artistic work, and to be supported in professional integration. These artists can propose, among other things, pedagogical activities for ENSA students (workshops, talks, exchanges).

In January 2022, ENSA welcomed Cheriff Bakal, an artist from Congo, in partnership with the Dijon’s School for Higher Education in Music, the Agency of Artists in Exile and the CROUS BFC.

A welcoming committee consists of students, teaching, administrative and techinical staff.


Welcoming Ukranian Students

ENSA Dijon, along with all French schools for higher education in art and design, remains united with all those affected by the war. The school is participating in the urgent welcome of students in the visual arts and design who fled their countries or cannot return to them.

ENSA in conjunction with CROUS BFC, the ANDEA network, the Agency of Artists in Exile and the services of the Ministry for Culture, welcomed 5 young Ukranian students to follow or continue their training in the plastic arts and design. They will be admitted in October for their first year of study.

ENSA students can sponsor a Ukranian student.

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