Theoretical training aims at enabling students to build a critical and personal discourse to support, strengthen and foster their artistic practice. Provided in the form of lectures, workshops and conferences, this education serves to explore the history of art, photography, design and film, to understand contemporary stakes in these disciplines, to learn about major figures and to assemble a collection of reference works.

Provided by first-rate historians, critics and theoreticians, these courses are bridges across disciplines but also provide specific training to support studio practice.

At Bachelor and Master level, this training leads to a diploma thesis covering the experimentation and exploration phase. Students develop personal research which they render in a freely chosen format, highly encouraged to display inventiveness and originality. The best theses are published or lead to wider research projects.

Anniina Koivu (Master)
Deodaat Tevaearai (Bachelor)

Professors and lecturers
Antonio Albanese
Tonatiuh Ambrosetti
Alexandru Balgiu
Jonas Berthod
Ann-Christin Bertrand
Estelle Blaschke
Mélanie Boissonneau
Angelo Cirimele
Mélanie Courtinat
Wayne Daly
Gallien Déjean
Mehdi Derfoufi
Pierre Doze
Roland Frueh
Alexandre Gaillard
Laurent Guido
Christophe Guignard
Claus Gunti
Nathalie Herschdorfer
Patrick Keller
Adeena Mey
Federico Nicolao
Nicolas Nova
Anna Percival
Xavier Perrenoud
Cyrille Piguet
Constance Rubini
Laurence Salmon
Brynjar Sigurdarson
Joël Vacheron

Theoretical training 1977

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Theoretical training 1996

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Theoretical training 1983

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