The diplomas DNAP and DNSEP

The Ecole d'Enseignement Supérieur d'Art de Bordeaux trains artists and designers, preparing them to successfully pass diploma exams and receive the following universally-recognized diplomas: the DNAP (Bac +3) and the DNSEP (Bac +5) Masters equivalent.


The diplomas issued by the EBABX are


- Le Diplôme National d’Arts Plastiques (DNAP)
option Art or option Design (semesters 1 to 6) which attests to successful completion of the 1st cycle, which consists of:
. a first “foundation” year (semesters 1 and 2)
. two years in Art or Design (semestres 3 to 6)

- Le Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique (DNSEP), in Art or Art with Design option.
This confers the level equivalent to a Master degree (semesters 7, 8, 9 and 10) and attests to successful completion of the 2nd cycle.


No candidate may present him/her-self more than two times for the DNAP or the DNSEP diploma exam.


The DNAP

The Diplôme National d’Arts Plastiques attests to the successful completion of the 1st cycle.
The diploma examination consists of the exhibition of a selection of the student’s artistic propositions along with an oral presentation and a portfolio of documentation.
The latter reflects three years of work and the emergence of a personal project in either art or design. Students must be able to describe the origins, principal issues and evolution of their artistic process and to situate it in relation to a field of reference.
The DNAP diploma presentation is evaluated by a jury specific to art or design. The jury consists of three members: two qualified personalities from outside the school and one teacher appointed by the director. The DNAP corresponds to the acquisition of 180 ECTS, of which 15 ECTS are reserved for the diploma examination itself.


The DNSEP

The Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique attests to the successful completion of the 2nd cycle in Art or in Art with Design option. It is registered as level 1 of the professional certification and level 7 in the context of European certifications (CEC) and confers the grade of Master. The DNSEP enables graduates to pass the competitive examinations for the “Agrégation,” the “Capes” and the “Capet” teaching certifications.

The DNSEP corresponds to 300 ECTS of which 30 ECTS are reserved for the diploma exam itself (25 ECTS for artistic work and 5 ECTS for the thesis).
The DNSEP diploma examination includes:
. art work,
. a thesis.

The thesis defense is 20 minutes long and takes place during semester 10. The jury for the defense includes a representative of the school’s teachers and a qualified personality from the diploma examination jury, of which at least one of the two holds a PhD.

The presentation of the artistic work lasts 40 minutes and takes place in June on a date determined by the school calendar. The artist/researchers propose, through their works and projects, a form of public exhibition and prepare themselves for a critical question/answer session. Criteria for judgement include: the formal and critical presentation of the work, an evaluation of the phases of research and production, the positioning of the work in the current cultural context, and the quality of the presented work. The jury, which is appointed by the director of the establishment, includes five members: one representative of the school’s teaching staff who sits on the thesis defense jury, and four qualified persons chosen from the sector (artists, critics and theoreticians, and art or design producers).

Artistic production grants are given to students qualified to pass a diploma exam (DNAP or DNSEP), and are used to realize their art works.
Their inclusion in the budget of the EPCC, voted on annually, is conditional.

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