Year 2 Certificate
The CEAP (Certificat d'Etudes d'Arts Plastiques) is awarded at the end of year 2 to students who have successfully completed the full year's study programme and obtained 60 credits (giving a total of 120 for the first 2 years of study).
The DNAP (Diplôme National d'Arts Plastiques) is a nationally-recognised diploma. In order to sit the DNAP, the student must be enrolled in the ENBA for all of year 3 (the fifth and sixth semesters), and have obtained 165 ECTS credits, corresponding to the first 3 years of study. The examination process involves the presentation of a selection of work, and a critical presentation of a certain approach, along with a body of personal work, and the accompanying documentation.
The viva lasts around 30 minutes. The 3-member panel of examiners is appointed by the Ministère de la Culture, and comprises:
• a chairman, representing the ministry;
• an artist, or professional of the art world, who is independent of the school;
• a teacher involved in the option in question.
The DNAP represents 15 ECTS credits, and rounds out the total of 180 credits that are needed for completion of the first 3 years of study.
The obtention of the DNAP is a necessary but not sufficient condition for admission to year 4.
The DNAT (Diplôme National d'Arts et Techniques) is registered in the Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles, level 2.
At the ENBA, there are two Options that can lead to the DNAT:
• Graphic Design
• Product Design (Textile)
Holders of the DNAT can take the internal and external CAPES examinations, and the external CAPET examination.
In order to sit the DNAT, a student must be enrolled at the school for the full third year of study (semesters 5 and 6), and have obtained the 165 ECTS credits required for the validation of the first three years of study. The examination consists of a presentation of a selection of work, and a critical presentation of a certain approach, along with a body of personal work, and the accompanying documentation.
The viva lasts around 30 minutes. The four-member panel of examiners is appointed by the Ministère de la Culture, and comprises:
• a chairman;
• a representative of the relevant artistic profession from outside the school;
• two teachers, one of them from outside the school.
The DNAT carries 15 ECTS credits, and rounds out the total of 180 credits that are needed for successful completion of the first three years of study.
The obtention of the DNAT is a necessary but not sufficient condition for admission to Year 4.
Summary of employment references and acquired skills, from the Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles:
"The designer / producer exercises his activity as follows.
* As a designer, he produces common graphic objects in different media and materials (textile, space, etc.) in an agency or other organisation, under the responsibility of a director:
• in interior decoration, or in an architectural practice;
• in town-planning or landscaping departments of local or regional bodies;
• in advertising or publishing agencies;
• in printing firms;
• in the theatre, cinema or television.
* As regards the arts:
• in organisations for the promotion of contemporary art, or teaching establishments;
• in various teaching or cultural bodies, and in different functions or environments (hospital, prison, handicap, etc.);
• in educational roles within local or regional bodies.
* As a technical assistant in art schools, with the following skills and qualifications:
• the technical fundamentals of design;
• a knowledge of the history of design, and perspectives in contemporary creativity;
• critical and reflexive capabilities in relations with clients;
• rational methodologies for the organisation of design projects;
• the parameters of commissions;
• autonomy of artistic conception in relations with heads of project;
• educational parameters (expression and evaluation);
• an ability to act decisively in group situations;
• a familiarity with structural operations;
• sociological knowledge of group environments;
• an ability to function in a hierarchical structure.
* Sectors of activity and types of employment, by qualification, title and certificate:
• interior decoration or architectural practices;
• local or regional bodies, town-planning and landscaping departments;
• advertising and publishing agencies;
• the theatre, cinema and television;
• teaching and cultural bodies, in various functions or environments (hospital, prison, handicap, etc.).
* Fields of employment:
• the arts;
• technical departments of art schools."
Year 4 Certificate
At the end of year 4, the CESAP (Certificat d'Etudes Supérieures d'Arts Plastiques) is awarded to students who have earned 60 credits, giving a total of 240 credits over the 4 years of study.
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The DNSEP (Diplôme National Supérieur d'Expression Plastique) is registered in the Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles, level 1.
Its holders can take the internal and external CAPES examinations, and the external CAPET examination, as well as the internal and external Agrégation examination (given the fulfilment of certain requirements in terms of experience). To sit the DNSEP, a student must be enrolled in the school for the totality of year 5 (semesters 9 and 10), and have obtained the 270 ECTS credits that are needed to validate the 5 years of study.
The examination involves a presentation of a selection of work, and a critical presentation of a certain approach, along with a body of personal work, and the accompanying documentation.
The viva lasts around 45 minutes. The 5-member panel of examiners is appointed by the Ministère de la Culture, and comprises:
• a chairman, who represents the ministry;
• a professional artist;
• an artist from outside the school;
• a theorist working in an art school (or a similar institution);
• a teacher representing the option in which the student is enrolled.
A summary of employment references and acquired skills, from the Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles (extracts):
"Creator-designers: aesthetic expression in the fields of art, design and visual communication. They take full responsibility for original, innovative projects. Their work is based on the implementation of personal imaginative resources, historical knowledge and faculties of analysis, along with a practical ability to give substance to their thinking processes, using appropriate media, and to find their place with relevance and originality in the artistic and professional world. Whether they themselves define the forms taken by their creative research, or accept different types of commission, they execute projects in an autonomous way, and, in the case of collective work, enjoy a considerable amount of scope for decision-making and initiative.
As designers of environments or spaces: (in theatres or museums), they are concerned with the different sectors of life, leisure, work, transit, visits, commerce, leisure, etc. They operate in both the private and the public sectors. They are prescriptors, and may also design furniture.
As graphic designers or artists: they apply their design and production talents to different media at the service of an idea, whether social, cultural or institutional. They may be specialists or non-specialists.
As textile (or surface) designers: they work in two dimensions in the field of textiles (clothing, furnishings, household linen, table fabrics, industry, etc.). They are concerned with both the motif and the nature of the material.
As product designers: they deal with objects to be produced either industrially or by hand. They may also occupy functions in:
• multimedia design and production;
They may also work in various sectors of the art market:
• art criticism.
There are also activities concerning relations with the public in museums and art centres (mediation), and in higher art education.
Principal areas of expertise
1 – Project development and techniques:
• artistic techniques (drawing, painting, volume, photography, installations, video, etc.), traditional media and new technologies;
• art history, design, etc.;
• research techniques;
• basic communication techniques;
• scientific methods of exploring media and materials;
• physical and chemical knowledge about media and materials;
• presentation and exhibition techniques;
• design and follow-up of the organisation and development of a personal creative project in the domain of art;
• basic techniques in these different fields.
2 – Familiarity with artistic contexts, in terms of:
• the art scene;
• contemporary creativity, and perspectives on art history.
3 – Additional knowledge:
• legal expertise, and authorial management;
• methodologies of critical analysis;
• foreign language skills;
• ways of establishing connections between different sectors;
• the history of communicational practices, and their current forms;
• writing skills.
4 – Mediation:
• adaptability to specific target groups;
• sensitisation to art;
• presentational skills, and transfers of knowledge.
Sectors of activity and types of employment accessible to the holders of the particular qualification, title or certificate in art, design, communication or multimedia: artist, decorator, space designer, landscape designer, theatre designer, artistic director, head of publishing, head of production, video game designer, industrial designer, art critic, restorer, gallery director, teacher in an establishment for higher art education."
Supplement to the Diploma (SD)
The SD is a document that is appended to a diploma. It aims at greater international "transparency", and at facilitating the academic and professional recognition of qualifications (diplomas, certificates, etc.). It is intended to define the nature, level, context, content and status of study programmes followed by the person who has been awarded the qualification to which it is attached. It implies no value judgement, affirmation of equivalence or suggestion of recognition. It is a versatile, non-normative instrument that is intended to save time, money and unnecessary effort.
The SD is conferred by national establishments in a form elaborated by a joint working group of the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO, which tested it and set it out in its final form.
The SD is comprised of 8 parts:
• information about the holder of the qualification;
• information about the qualification itself;
• information about the level of qualification;
• information about content, and the results obtained;
• information about the function of the qualification;
• further information;
• certification of the SD;
• information on the national system of higher education.