With authorisation from its Board of Directors in July 2014, the École Supérieure d’Art became the École Supérieure d’Art et de Design Toulon Provence Méditerranée (ESADTPM) thus accentuating the two axes of higher artistic education provided by the establishment.
Founded in the 19th century, the school today is an academic institution authorised to deliver national high-level education diplomas, and reflects the evolutions in the teaching of art in France.
A higher education establishment
The current school is the result of active reflection of its academic staff in order to adapt its courses to respect the reform of higher artistic education led by its academic tutelage, the Ministry of Culture and Communication.
This reform sought to harmonise the ensemble of higher artistic education on a European level, and in 2012 it also conferred the grade of Master to the Diplôme National d’Expression Plastique (DNSEP), the diploma is attributed to those who successfully complete the five year curriculum specializing in art, it also involved the renewal of the statutory framework of the establishment.
The school proposes two curricula, one in Design and the other in Art. The Design option leads to a diploma after three years of study, the Diplôme National d’Arts et Techniques (DNAT). The Art option implies following two consecutive cycles of study and leads first to a Baccalaureate+3 level diploma, the Diplôme National d’Art Plastique (DNAP), and then after two more years to the Baccalaureate+5 level diploma, the Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique (DNSEP).
A public establishment for cultural cooperation
Supported by the Communauté d’Agglomération Toulon Provence Méditerranée, the Var Departmental Council and by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the school became a Public Institution for Cultural Cooperation (EPCC) in January 2011 under the name of École Supérieure d’Art Toulon Provence Méditerranée (ESATPM)
This statutory transformation enabled the legal framework for administrative and academic autonomy necessary to set up scholastic courses that lead to the delivery of high-level education diplomas.
The EPCC statute has also enabled the constitution of a system of governance under the form of an elected Board of Directors that works alongside a Scientific and Academic Council where the orientations of the curricula and issues regarding student life and the projects run by the research platform are debated.
This system of management reinforces the harmonisation of the establishment within the national network of Écoles Supérieures d’Art which deliver identical diplomas, thus offering students even more opportunities to transfer to similar high-level art school or other high-level education establishments, as well as gaining access to a study programme abroad with one of the international high-level education partners of the school.