Theoretical Study Department

Theoretical study in such areas as esthetics, history of art, anthropology, and the history of literary creation is a major component of École programs.
It is not our aim to train philosophers, historians or anthropologists. However, artists and future artists must be aware of the philosophical, historical, literary and anthropological implications of the singular activity they are preparing themselves for—what our societies call art. The individual courses in this department are highly specialized, but taken together they offer a wide panorama ranging from classical Antiquity to our time and reflecting multiple points of view.

There are two categories of theoretical study courses:
-1st-cycle lecture courses aimed to provide 1st- to 3rd-year students with a solid base of general cultural knowledge;
-2nd-cycle research seminars, wherein 4th and 5th year students engage in more detailed study of one of the theoretical fields taught at the École and learn critical methods for the purpose of defending their research paper at the end of the 1st semester of their fifth year.

The questions raised in theoretical study courses arise again in studio discussions and exchanges with other artists. And the École’s Librairy is a highly useful resource for further developing the knowledge and understanding acquired in theoretical study courses and seminars.

Professors

Pierre Bergounioux
Jean-François Chevrier (coordinator)
Guitemie Maldonado
François-René Martin
Didier Semin (coordinator)
Clélia Zernik

Visiting professors and participants

Maurice Godelier
Danièle Hibon
Monique Jeudy-Ballini

Course Units (CUs)

Anthropology-history I
Anthropology-history II
Film I
Film II
École Collections
History of contemporary art I
History of contemporary art II
History of literary creation I
History of literary creation II
General art history I
General art history II
General art history of the 20th  and 21st  centuries I
General art history of the 20th  and 21st  centuries II
History and theory of modern and contemporary art I
History and theory of modern and contemporary art II
Philosophy of art I
Philosophy of art I

Course Units (CUs)

RS Esthetics I
RS Esthetics II
RS History of literary creation I
RS History of literary creation II
RS General art history I
RS General art history II
RS General art history of the 20th  and 21st  centuries I
RS General art history of the 20th  and 21st  centuries II
RS History of photography I
RS History of photography II
RS History and theory of modern and contemporary art I
RS History and theory of modern and contemporary art II
RS Philosophy of art I
RS Philosophy of art II