Presentation of majors
The Art department accompanies young practitioners throughout their academic experience. Throughout the 5 years of study, they should develop a personal project of art research.
During the first two years, classes focus on essential practices (including drawing, sculpture, installation, sound, performance, image and video). The artists teaching at ENSA provide an interdisciplinary education which seeks to go beyond categories and disciplines so that each student can develop an original and independent project. The aim is to allow students to shape a complex artistic idea which they then implement.
In this sense, the school is a place of resource, experimentation and exchange where knowledge and practice are transmitted and where the student experiences are constructed in common. The wealth of these cultural perspectives affords our school’s graduates multiple professional choices. Students have access to a wide choice of traditional working techniques (such as wood, earth, metal, resin, thermoforming), in addition to the most recent technological resources (like graphic design, 3D, video, sound) and to a theoretical support to frame their contemporary knowledge in historical and multi-disciplinary perspectives. Throughout their studies, students are invited to events outside the school walls letting them be confronted with the reality of collective shows, an introduction to cross-disciplinary projects, to writing critical texts, to visiting construction sites, to encounters with visiting professionals, researchers or residents coming from a scientific background or some other realm. This exposure to diverse experiences makes this specialisation fertile ground for wide-ranging artistic practices.
ENSA Dijon likewise offers greater openness to the outside world, in particular the international stage thanks to its residency programmes and internships covering the USA to China without forgetting the African continent. Internationally renowned artists are increasingly invited by the school to offer students their unique testimony on the diversity of art scenes around the world.
In order to create an intersection between the transmission of knowledge and the challenges of a society in the midst of change, teaching in the Design department is, using a variety of formats, directed towards space design, and more specifically the place where the biggest challenges are focussed: public space.
This teaching draws on several themes such as the standardization of cities, mobility, accommodation, lighting, the place of biodiversity and plants, spaces for children, urban scenography, the countryside and territories.
Design, like all disciplines linked with production and the environment, whether it be natural or artificial, needs to renew its approach both conceptually and operationally.
Learning how to assess challenges, situations and solutions regarding the changes in our society and the aspirations of those who make it up, is answered here through demands specifically shouldered.
Associated with artistic practices, teaching in the Design department thrives on open projects and experimentation in order to develop an approach that is sensitive to space.
Our teaching places the focus on production, through concern for independence and always with the goal of placing students close to the realities that involve them and in which they are involved in the conception of an object as with that of a space. It implies a field of comprehensive knowledge of materials and the processes of transforming materials in order to acquire some independence with which students can take on a project intelligently and on every scale. Design is no longer in alignment with, but at the centre of the production process.
Research on concepts concerning public space are put to question with our partners (Greater Dijon, the City of Dijon, professionals, experts, neighbourhood associations and companies) and are the subject of study in situ and collaborations. Professionals, the media (We Demain), and collectives together reflect, observe and suggest outlooks, actions and potential studies and new forms of urbanity.
The student’s education is based on a solid artistic basis, in-depth theoretical knowledge, the acquisition of know-how, familiarisation with 2D/3D software necessary to prepare successfully for future careers, experimentation (on materials, architectural structures), as well as knowing how to understand and apply the methodology behind a project. All of this is developed within the rich context of ENSA Dijon allowing for increased porosity between art and design.