OCTOBER 30, 2020

This first session of the ENSAPC doctoral seminar proposes to host the work and research of doctoral students in art from our Graduate School, Humanities, Creation and Heritage, and invites two ENSAPC professors to join the exchanges. For the past three years, the doctorates in art conducted at ENSAPC have been questioning the practices, frameworks and “excellence” expected from this type of work.

Placed under the sign of certain strong statements produced by the artists who will intervene, “For a living thesis”, “The cycle of concerns”, “(For) an ethics-aesthetics of emancipation”, “For a literature of edges”… this day intends to welcome discussions and reflections nourished by a variety of practices, gestures, positioning, narratives, which do not intend to make a system nor to establish fixed methodologies or definitions of what a practice-led doctorate can be.

Running through the school and its undergraduate and graduate teaching, art research is renewing a dimension that is resolutely open to transmission and sharing, which is important for us to defend at a time when the world must reinvent its ways of communicating and living together, just as it questions, in a double address to artists and researchers, the historical and strategic articulations of their practices.


Since 2018, ENSAPC has been a partner in the European Creator Doctus (CrD) program. On the initiative of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the European organization EQ-Arts—and involving, in addition to ENSAPC, the Glasgow School of Art, the Athens School of Fine Arts, the Vilnius Academy of Arts, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and the Merz Akademie—CrD is exploring at the European level the question of “the doctorate through artistic practice.” With funding from the Erasmus+ program and the European Union, the program is generating and gathering, over the period 2018–2021, knowledge and recommendations based on the expertise and experience of the partner institutions. Conferences (Athens, May 2019; Paris, November 2019; Amsterdam, 2021) and seminars (Stuttgart, February 2020; Nida, August 2020) are designed to share and exchange existing practices and methods, and to think through the creation of a European frame of reference for programs conferring the practice-based doctorate in art.

Coming up: Training in Nida, August 25–28, 2021

This training program organized by the Vilnius Academy of Art will take place at the Nida Art Colony ( Continuing the process of reflection begun in Stuttgart, the session will encourage exchanges between and among doctoral candidates, artists, and scholars, focusing on methods and funding for research through artistic practice.

Training in Stuttgart, February 10–12, 2020

Organized by the Merz Akademie, this seminar for doctoral candidates, artists, and scholars focused on the best ways to advise candidates pursuing a practice-based doctorate. By convening participants from various institutions and research programs, it elicited a variety of perspectives on doctoral admissions, advising experiences, and doctoral assessment.

First Creator Doctus Conference, Athens, May 20–21, 2019

Organized by the Athens School of Art, the first Creator Doctus conference was designed to present models of doctoral study in various countries and to facilitate discussion between doctoral candidates and their advisers. Exchanges were anchored by presentations from two invited guests, artist-scholars Carole Gray and Olav Westphalen. As a result of the conference, an international repository of good practices in the supervision of doctoral candidates in arts was launched.

Coming up : Training Glasgow, February 15-17, 2021

The training series will continue in Glasgow (organisation: Glasgow School of Arts). Following on from the reflection process initiated in Stuttgart, this training will aim to continue the exchanges between doctoral students, artists and researchers, emphasising the issues of methodologies and funding for research through artistic practice.

Second Creator Doctus Conference, Paris, November 29–30, 2019

ENSAPC organized the second Creator Doctus conference on good practices in research and doctoral programs in cooperation with Cosmopolis #2, Pompidou Center.

The conference explored the practice-based doctorate by examining artistic research practices from various angles, with contributions from the following artists, scholars, and thinkers: Heba Amin, Arjun Appadurai, Julieta Aranda, Yann Beauvais, Louise Hervé, Chloé Maillet, Chus Martinez, Mpho Matsipa, Senam Okudzeto, and Elizabeth Povinelli.