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• Post-diplôme

In addition to its graduate courses, the ENSBA offers a one-year, Postgraduate programme with an international orientation, for a small group of student-researchers who have acquired at least a DNSEP or a Master’s degree.

In 1999, ENSBA, convinced that the singularity of an art school depends, among other things, on its freedom to reinvent itself and fully assume its role of transmission, decided to set up a postgraduate course program for a selected group of five young artists from different geographical backgrounds, already actively engaged in an art practice. During this yearlong program they are invited to pursue their work and will be given full access to the school’s facilities and studios. The development of individual work will be nourished through constant critical interaction, the creation of a collective project and opportunities for travel.

It is an articulation of elements that are too often kept separate: education and professionalism, the protected environment of the school and exposure to the world. The postgraduate program offers and involves a social experience based on openness to the exterior, which hopefully creates a certain form of destabilization. 
Foreign travel, within and outside of Europe, will lead the group to meet many artists and art professionals, to analyze many exhibitions and artistic events, and observe, at the scale of a city, the conditions, needs and that which fuels an artistic scene.

Key Concepts

Personal commitment
Exchange and critical work
Ability to engage in reflection and collective activity.

Challenges & tools

This program is designed for five young artists, with the aim of making them familiar with the contemporary art context, to widen and sharpen their knowledge and to stimulate them to continue with their work.

The artists will enjoy a collective space in which to develop their work, and can also take advantage of the school’s facilities and workshops. Emphasis will be put on the growth of everyone's work ; on the making of a collective project (exhibition, publication…) ; on discussions with personalities from different backgrounds : artists, historians, art critics, curators, thinkers and philosophers…

Since its creation in 1999, the Postgraduate of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon supports young artists in the professional field of contemporary art.
Among the 65 artists who participated in the Postgraduate from its origin, determine the statistical distribution of women between 48% and 52% male, between 36% and 64% foreign origins of French and dual nationality, with more 15 countries represented ... The artists who have received Postgraduate programme in Art Ensba Lyon are referenced in this page.

Members of the 2014-2015 group are:

GASHI Shqipe
NAJJAR Nissreen
OLER Anouchka
de ROHAN CHABOT Christophe
Participant Profile
The Postgraduate programme of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Lyon is accessible to international candidates.
All visual arts practices are welcome, including but not limited to painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, video, sound, performance...

François Piron, art critic & curator


A first selection based on a portfolio and « dossier », takes place each year in May / June.
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The final selection is carried out through an interview with the candidate at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, in Lyon end of June.
When selecting candidates, the jury’s attention is focused on maturity, quality of artistic work and candidate potential.
Members of the jury are : the director of ENSBA, the director of the Postgraduate programme, and two invited art professionals, artist and art critic/curator, both committed and active on the contemporary art scene.


Each session of the Postgraduate programme runs for one school year: from September to July.

The Postgraduate program is organized in different places:
> in Lyon, participants can benefit from all the educational resources to work on their project: education, diverse speakers, library/ documentation, technological centers: printmaking, photography, video, multimedia, volume. Technical specialists are associated with the projects of the participants. Privileged contacts and relationships with various cultural structures of the region Rhône-Alpes could be envisaged.
> during each period, the programme will include individual and collective meetings with contributors to the Post-graduate programme, study trips and also participation in exhibitions.

Material conditions
- The successful candidates each receive a grant of 4,000 Euros, paid in two instalments.
- collective accommodation is offered to candidates in Lyon. In other places, accommodation possibilities will be proposed.

The required languages are English and French. Applicants must have sufficient knowledge of these languages, exchanges taking place in both languages.

The Postgraduate programme of Ensba Lyon is a program which is independent of the university system: it does not issue a qualification, any diploma or ECTS credits.
A certificate of participation and attendance is issued to participants.

École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon
Post-diplôme Art
8b quai St Vincent
69001 Lyon - France
Alain Ailloud : alain.ailloud[à]ensba-lyon.fr