ENSAPC’s instructional approach emphasizes professionalization through sustained interaction with the professional environment around the school.
In contrast to a doctor, lawyer, or engineer, who must be licensed to practice, no particular credential is required to become an artist. The artist’s legitimacy derives from the recognition of his or her peers. It is essential, therefore, that the school enable students to begin building their recognition, and thus their legitimacy, early on, thus ensuring quick and successful entry into the professional art world.
ENSAPC’s instructional approach emphasizes professionalization through sustained interaction with the professional environment around the school. In order to provide real-world experiences, students are confronted with artistic endeavor in a variety of contexts. Instructional and research projects are conceived and planned in partnership with public and private art institutions and organizations, and students are required to complete a short internship during the first (undergraduate) cycle. They may choose a four-month internship abroad during the second (graduate) cycle.
Through numerous partnerships in France and abroad, students learn the formal and informal rules that govern the art world. Museums, art centers, national and regional theaters, foundations, artists’ studios, galleries, dealers, and businesses—all contribute to the realization of the projects that make up students’ self-determined curricula.
The Palais de Tokyo, the Pompidou Center, the Abbaye de Maubuisson, the Cinémathèque of Tangier, the SAM Foundation, the National Center for the Plastic Arts, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, the Villa Kujoyama, the Royaumont Foundation, the National Center for Dance, the Bétonsalon Center for Art and Research, the Paris Mint, Khiasma, and the studios of artists like Enrico Oliveira, Jim Shaw, Yto Barrada, Ramucho Matta, and Angelika Markul, are some examples of possible immersion experiences for students. (See also the lists of the school’s partners, including its international partners).
The Ygrec Art Center, is a professional-quality exhibition space that enables students to show their work publicly. It facilitates encounters between emerging work and influential, critical viewers (conservators, exhibit curators, art critics, collectors, and others).