The École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Dijon is the oldest of the seven national regional schools of higher education in art. Dating from painter François Devosges’ artist’s studio founded in 1765, it has known how to develop both its local implantation and its national and international influence. Settled partly in the 18th century Episcopal palace, right in the heart of the historical part of Dijon and only 1h40 away from Paris by TGV, the school benefits from a unique geographical situation enhanced by the opening of the Eastern railway link of the High Speed TGV line between Rhine and Rhône. The creation of the Greater East network of art schools (Besançon, Chalon-sur-Saône, Dijon, Épinal/Metz, Mulhouse/Strasbourg, Nancy, Reims) strengthens opportunities for mobility and exchanges and trans-borders communication with Germany and Switzerland.
Registered in the network of higher education state schools and the Ministry of Culture and Communication, ENSA Dijon grants two national diplomas, the National Diploma in Plastic Arts (DNAP) in 3 years and the Higher National Diploma in Plastic Expression (DNESP) in 5 years, accredited as a Master’s grade. More than two hundred students are given each year, after one year of common studies, tuition in two major subjects: either Art or Space Design, devised as symmetrical and complementary subjects.
Courses in art history, aesthetics and philosophy are on the curriculum all throughout the years of study. They are completed by lectures, creation and research workshops (ARC), study trips in France and abroad and courses that foster various methods of approach to creation. In the same time, students are trained to a concrete practice of production or reproduction techniques that are necessary for contemporary expression, starting from the most traditional ones such as analog photography, drawing, painting, screen
printing, sculpture and volumes while mixing the whole range of materials (clay, wood, metal, resin, plastic materials) to the new technologies (computer technology, info graphics and multimedia, sound, digital technologies and the use of networks).
The teaching in a school of art is characterized by the presence of teachers who are leading parallel careers as artists, designers, architects, philosophers, historians or art critics, thus creating a large permeability between the life of the school and professional life.
Furthermore, ENSA Dijon has developed multiple partnerships with cultural actors, academics and businesses on the regional, national and international stage. The privileged relations established with art centres such as the Consortium and the Parc Saint Léger at Pougues-les-Eaux, the Museum of Fine Arts in Dijon, the Interface apartment/gallery, the Eldorado Art and Trial cinema, the University of Burgundy, the Greater Dijon, are elements of undeniable presence in the city. The hosting of plastic arts workshops of the City of Dijon, the steady relationship with the plastic arts class with special timetables of the Lentillères Comprehensive School are as many shared experiences which make up the wealth of the school.
In addition to exchanges with European schools within the scope of the Erasmus scheme, the school has set up students stays agreements with Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, South Korea, the USA, Israel, Japan, Mexico and Tunisia. These exchanges enable the students to sharpen their training, to grasp new concepts and new techniques and to make them aware of current national and international artistic trends.
All this leads the students to greater self reliance, to elaborate a permanent exchange between the theory and the artistic practice, between creation and critical analysis, and to develop a personal artistic project. These high requirements from the establishment and the acquired skills allow then the students to implement their practice of various techniques in extremely varied contexts. This is why, when they leave the school, the students can aspire to actual professional integration whether it be in the field of art and creation (plastic artists, photographers, graphic designers, movie makers, artistic directors, gallery owners, art centre managers), or in the field of culture, culture management and mediation, in professions related to publishing or design (interior designers, designers, scenographers) or in the field of communication, or in the technical fields in which they invested themselves more deeply (directors, sound technicians, webmasters).