Artist working in the school (AIMS)


In 2010-2011, thanks to the patronage of the Fondations Edmond de Rothschild, the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts was able to set up a scholarship program for training artists to work in the schools (AIMS).
Run in partnership with the City of Saint-Ouen and the Inspection de l’Education Nationale, this program leads to a post-graduate degree after one year. Its purpose is to train young artists to teach art in the schools while continuing to develop their own art work and practice.
The program involves conducting an artistic or cultural project in a Saint-Ouen school for one year and writing a research paper on that experience that analyzes the specificity of the artist’s role in teaching and transmitting art and cultural material. It leads to the AIMS degree: Artiste Intervenant en Milieu Scolaire.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have been awarded the Diplôme National Superieur d’Arts Plastiques (DNSAP) no more than three years prior to the year in which they apply.
AIMS program partners jointly determine each year the number of artists to be awarded the scholarship. In 2011-2012, four candidates were selected.
Candidates are definitively admitted to the program after a pre-selection process based on evaluation of their application file, which is to include a portfolio of their art work and a project for teaching art or cultural material in an elementary or middle school. Pre-selected candidates are then interviewed by a selection committee made up of art world figures and representatives of the different partner institutions.

Program arrangements

The program unfolds over one school year, during which selected candidates are “in residence” at a Saint-Ouen elementary or secondary school.
Each selected program participant
-- a training program lasting about 20 hours in total, this program is meant as a preparation and consists of meetings with a variety of people associated with the art world, conferences with specialists of artistic projects as developed within the art school environment, and is completed by a number meetings in the course of the year, which should allow the artist / student to acquire a better knowledge of the workings of the art world. ;
-- works with the teaching team of the elementary or middle school in which s/he will be “in residence” to prepare a project for teaching art or cultural material;
-- carries out that project in the given school from October to May;
-- publicly presents the results of the project in June.

Every receiving school appoints a contact professor to participate in the student-artist’s project throughout the year. Moreover, as a student of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, selected artists are in regular contact with a teaching coordinator chosen by the École and may also consult a studio professor and take École theoretical courses and seminars, namely to develop their own art work and practice.

Each selected student-artist receives a scholarship of an amount that depends on the financial aid provided by the partner institutions. In 2013-2014, each selected student-artist received a stipend of 15 000 € for the school year.

Student-artists pledge to be present every week in their “residence” elementary or middle school.


Students are evaluated on the results of the artistic and cultural project they have conducted with the class over the school year, together with their art portfolio or a presentation of the works they have produced over the year, and a research paper.

In deciding whether or not to award the degree, the jury will take into account how well the artistic and cultural project was realized, the studentartist’s commitment to the educational community, the research paper, and how the student-artist’s own art work has developed. They will also take into account an evaluation of how the project is progressing midway through the school year.

The AIMS degree of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts is a higher education degree conferred by the director of the École in the name of the state.

For further information, please contact:
Sophie Marino
Tel: +33 (0)1 47 03 54 01