ÉSAL — site de Metz
1, rue de la citadelle
57000 Metz

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Studying at ESAL

Year I
This year prepares students for the teaching project of the school.The teaching is diverse : history of art, writing and art thinking, graphic design, video, photography, drawing, painting, colour and 3-D studies.

Year 2
The basic teaching of the first year gives place to a methodological approach. The lessons, modules, studios, and workshops allow for an assessment of the students’ committment. A compulsory internship is programmed for the second part of the year. The choice of option, art or communication is made in the second year at the beginning of the school year.

Year 3
In the third year of the course students pass the DNAP. The choice of the option, art or communication determines the teaching that will be pursued.

Year 4
This year the students begin their dissertation with the underlying research this entails for the 5th year diploma project by developing art work and technical prowess in depth. A compulsory internship and the possibility of a term in another country are specific to this 4th year.

Year 5
The 5th year is dedicated to the end of course diploma, DNSEP. The exam consists of the exhibition of plastic art work together with an oral presentation in front of a national jury. The dissertation of the DNSEP is to be considered as an implement serving the thought process, the way of working and the development of the plastic project of art school students.


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Options and Diplomas

The ESAL, which comes under the ruling of the ministry of Culture delivers the following national diplomas : the DNA and the DNSEP, the latter being a Masters’ degree. 

Multiple Dispositives
DNSEP Art, multiple dispositives

The art option is the place of invention, creation, and artistic research in all its various, multiple and singular forms. It relies on artistic practices from the most traditional (etching, drawing, painting, photography) to the most innovative (video, sound, installation, computer art, Web T.V…)

Graphic and narrative systems
DNA Communication
DNSEP Art, graphic and narrative systems

The communication option comes into play in the visual quality of our everyday environment. Students express themselves in the field of creation of fixed or animated images, graphic systems, narrative writing such as cinema, animation, comics…

Teaching staff 

27  artists, research staff and practising artists

Studios : animation, digital images, cinema, drawing, writing, edition, etching, hypermedia, computer graphics, multimedia, interactive installations, painting, photography, scenography, video, 3-D studies, film set, ARS (Sound research workshop), typography.

Sound Workshop + Supelec,
LabVies (Interactivity / Volume /Scenographic Space) + University of Lorraine
Typography La Messine
EQART (Space for Questions in Contemporary Art)
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Diplomas and Professional Training

Professional Days at ESAL : The ESAL organises meetings with professionals in the artistic field, aimed at informing students and young artists. This is a moment where information concerning all professional and employment queries is discussed ; artists’ residences, spaces of research and experimentation, places for diffusing artistic work, together with issues about legal and earning rights, or socio-economical questions related to the status of art assistants or producers.

Internships : The main aim is to put into practise the teachings of the school. Internships are compulsory in years 1 and 2 and are recommended throughout the students’ course.

Partnerships : Many artistic partnerships allow students to fulfill themselves outside the school. During the year museums, art centres, cultural centres, festivals, theatres , and cultural associations welcome projects about the region, representing real professional experiences for students.

Professional Opportunities : 77% of diploma students are occupied in a professional sphere relating to their qualifications. After the diploma, the openings are varied and in constant evolution : liberal artistic practice, positions in the cultural, educational and media-related fields, in scenography, and the creation of events : as gallerist, exhibition curator, illustrator, photographer, production assistant, film /video maker, editor.