The INTERNATIONAL / Introduction
THE INTERNATIONAL AT THE HEART OF OUR STRATEGY
The international inhabits every aspect of the life of this school. 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 more particularly in the residence programmes and preparation for professional life that ENSA has proposed to our recent artist graduates at Dijon since 2015.
From Local to International
ENSA created the Centre for Action and Research in Contemporary Art (PARAC) uniting our school with The Consortium Centre for Modern Art, FRAC Burgundy and the management of museums in the city of Dijon. PARAC allows the school to develop its visibility in the international arena, as well as increase professional opportunities such as the organizing exhibitions of international artists (the first took place in July – August 2015 with an exhibition of the work « Auditorium » by Franz West at Saint Philibert during which a programme of videos by ENSA students was shown), and organizing international conferences (similar to the public talk of Richard Armstrong, Director of the Guggenheim Museum and Foundation in New York, on the current challenges faced by museums – Museums Today – which took place in spring 2017. Networking, both locally and internationally, is an asset that the school will continue to develop in the future.
GIVE AN INTERNATIONAL DIMENSION TO YOUR STUDENT EXPERIENCE
ENSA Dijon prioritizes foreign travel by encouraging its students to go abroad during their studies and by welcoming each year foreign students. Furthermore, many foreign visitors (artists and professionals) have been invited to participate in research at ENSA as part of the Research and Creation workshops, other themed workshops, public talks and study days all thanks to the Art & Society Research Unit. Study trips abroad have also been scheduled (Germany, Italy and China) as well as residence programmes and preparation for professional life that the school offers to recent graduates.
Study Abroad and Internships
Our students have the possibility to experience another country at the start of the 4th year, either:
- By studying for a semester in Europe with Erasmus+ or further afield,
- Or by carrying out a professional internship (in museums, galleries, artists’ studios), in which case students are assisted in finding a suitable position.
What about financial assistance?
- The Erasmus+ grant (semester within 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
Students receiving financial assistance based on social need set by CROUS can continue to receive it during their stay abroad.
A 15-minute interview before the mobility committee takes place in the third year. During the first semester of the 4th year, all students must complete a stay of one semester in a school, university or company in France or abroad. With this in mind, third year students should present their project to the mobility committee for examination. This project must be presented in the form of a dossier including:
- One page containing an outline of the project and motivation behind the choice of destination, school or company;
- Ten pages showing their current work;
- One page of references (artists, imagined museums);
- One page CV
In total, the portfolio should be around 15 typed pages, in A4 format as a PDF file, in both French and English. In order to help create their project, in addition to their coordinator, students can meet with Philippe Sibeaud, head of international relations. The committee will study the presented project (desired destination, school or company) for the purpose of allocating grants.
- 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.
- Foreign Students: upon their arrival at ENSA Dijon are expected to complete a study contract stipulating the courses they will follow 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 exhibitions created by ENSA Dijon, right from the beginning of their professional life. These programmes aim to develop their professional networks and help them to start their careers.
Art Option DIJON/DALLAS (TEXAS – EU) Programme
Students currently in their 5th year and DNSEP level 1 at ENSA Dijon and those from the Southern Methodist University / Meadows School of the Arts (SMU) are invited to submit an application for this programme which offers:
- 6 weeks residence in Dallas including an exhibition in a professional environment in Dallas (July – August)
- 6 weeks residence in Dijon with an exhibition at the Consortium, FRAC Burgundy or in another location within the Region (Autumn)
An external curator is selected each year to choose one artist from France and one from the United States (from a shortlist of 5 names put together by teachers of the two institutes). The young artist chosen will receive a grant from ENSA (€3500 to cover the cost of flights tickets and their stay). Accommodation in Dallas is provided by SMU as well as privileged access to all university workshops.
The young artist chosen in the USA is subject to the same conditions (receiving a grant from SMU with ENSA providing the accommodation) for their trip to Dijon.
To be considered for preselection, the candidates must send a book presenting their work in both English and French to Philippe Sibeaud, Head of International Relations, at the beginning of the calendar year.
This programme takes its place as part of the Centre for Action and Research in Contemporary Art of Dijon (partnering ENSA/FRAC Burgundy/ the Consortium / Dijon’s Fine Arts Museum) presided over by Richard Armstrong, Director of the Guggenheim, New York.
Hugo Capron (ENSA Dijon) & Melissa Tran (SMU Dallas)
Curator: Astrid Gagnard, Director of FRAC Burgundy
Alice Bidault (ENSA Dijon) & Andrew Davis (SMU Dallas)
Curator: Gabriel Ritter, Curator Minneapolis Institute of Art
Benjamin Grivot (ENSA Dijon) and Juan Alberto Negroni (SMU Dallas)
Curators: Xavier Douroux, Géraldine Minet and Franck Gautherot, The Consortium Dijon
A specific partnership has been created with the Centre for Arts and Culture in Benin involving reciprocity: one to two young graduates of ENSA are invited for several months to Cotonou for residence with an exhibition while one to two artists from Benin are invited to take up residence at our school for several months.
Marianna Capuano (ENSA Dijon) / Moufouli Bello / Gandhi Tomede
Victor Boucon (ENSA Dijon) / Léonard Cosme Totchemetcheho
Participation in POST-DIPLOMA OFFSHORE (CHINA) directed by ENSA Nancy
A young Masters graduate (DNSEP) is invited to participate in the Post-Diploma Offshore initiated and run by ENSA Nancy. This one-year position takes place in China (Shanghai) under the academic direction of Paul Devautour. ENSA Dijon covers the cost of travel for the student selected.
Pierre Larive (ENSA Dijon)
Yang Wang (ENSA Dijon)