Design Option, Project Phase [DNSEP]
The 4th and 5th Year Design Options consists of a working platform between the Space Design department and the Graphic Design department, and favours research on the themes of emerging practices such as eco-design, design interfaces and critical design.
The students projects operate in the conceptual field of significant (spaces public and exhibition spaces), symbolical (publishing and stage design) or dematerialised (the screen, digital interfaces) and allows the students to experiment particular disciplines and mediums (lighting, three-dimensional work, installation, choreography…) within multiple territories (urban design, scenography, museography, sound design, organising events/happenings…)
The overall works, fed by a program of invited professionals and driven by a team of teachers and researchers: artists, designers, graphic designers, stage designers, theoreticians, who help to forge a dynamism where the accent is situated on the reality of the work of the designer within a multi-disciplinary team.
The teaching methods are highly personalised: acquisition of theoretical competences and a mastering of specific tools in the student’s field of research; developed in an environment which examines the place and the role of the designer in a complex and constantly evolving world.
At the Project level, the issues are multiple and complex. Essentially, the aim is:
• to facilitate the students' progress towards intellectual and operational autonomy, and their creative engagement in a plurality of interconnected fields within the domain of contemporary design;
• to optimise the theoretical and technical skills they have already acquired;
• to dynamise their work in a voluntaristic research perspective;
• to insist on the professional quality of work carried out, and on an awareness of historical, philosophical and social contexts.
The methods applied within the different Teaching Units are not compartmentalised, and the teaching staff are involved in all the various aspects of the process. From courses to workshops, via individual tuition, all the different teaching modes are brought in.
The methods applied by the staff are as follows.
1/ a contract between the students and the teachers
The aim of the contract may be specific (an object project) or more general (organisational, methodological). The student-teacher relationship is always personal, the intention being to take into account the sensorial, intellectual, professional and technical dimensions of the work.
2/ dialogue and exchanges
The student is in an ongoing situation of encounters and dialogue with:
• internal and external spaces/times;
• traditional and technological methods, and documentation (library);
• theoretical and relational domains (intellectual issues, the international art scene);
• the transversality of knowledge (ARC, etc.);
• interactions with other students, teachers, artists, active professionals and guest intellectuals.
The students are required to be present on a weekly basis for meetings, lectures and the presentation of work. Attendance, participation and level of activity are among the criteria used in the assessment of students' work, and in the awarding of ECTS credits.
results of the diplomas since 1999
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