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Graduate programs
APR research program (art, research, practice)

The objective of the program is to accompany artists in the elaboration and development of a research project based on an artistic practice. The vocation of the research program is to contribute to the development of the artists' work, allowing them to deepen one or more specific aspects of it or to enrich it by studying a set of contents on related subjects.
The activity of the ARP program is structured around seminars, conferences and discussion sessions on the work in progress by the artists in the program. 

The research takes two forms:

Doctoral research through SACRe

The doctoral training, governed by the order of May 25, 2016 relating to the national doctoral diploma, is attached to the transdisciplinary doctoral school of Letters, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (ED540) as well as to PSL's Sciences, Arts, Creation, Research Laboratory (SACRe). SACRe is a research unit resulting from the collaboration of six component or partner member institutions of PSL University: the École normale supérieure (ENS), the École nationale supérieure des Arts décoratifs (ENSAD), the École nationale supérieure de l'image et du son (Fémis), the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (CNSMDP) and the Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique (CNSAD).

The doctoral training to which the doctoral students commit themselves includes: a specific training course given at the Beaux-Arts de Paris (ARP program), a joint monthly seminar aimed at exploring the relationship between creation and research brings together all the doctoral students admitted to the SACRe training program, as well as additional cross-disciplinary training related to the development of professional skills.

The objective of SACRe is to allow the emergence of original interdisciplinary projects that combine creation and research. The thesis is jointly composed of works presented in various forms, specific to each discipline (exhibitions, performances, concerts, screenings, shows, prototypes, etc.), and a portfolio. The latter highlights the sources, experiences, research, and other practices, both artistic and scientific, that have accompanied the creative work. It provides an argumented and problematized reflection on the work accomplished during the three years of the thesis. Its form is defined according to the characteristics and approaches specific to each discipline, in adequacy with the doctoral student's research project and in agreement with the thesis directors. At the end of the public defense, the national doctoral diploma is delivered by PSL and mentions the preparation institution.

Award of a doctoral contract by recruitment for a period of three years, the legal duration of the training, according to the conditions set by Decree no. 2016-1173 of August 29, 2016 amending Decree no. 2009-464 of April 23, 2009. This is a full-time contract and any other work is subject to an authorization of cumulation.
Application modalities and criteria (an update of the documents is made at the time of the renewal of the call for applications)

To apply, download the call for candidates SACRe/PSL 2023



(Call open from March 7, 2023 to May 15, 2023, 4pm (UTC+1, Paris))