Arts and higher education culture
The DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes monitors, in the regional territory, institutions of higher education culture, institutions of specialized arts education and issues accreditations for classes preparatory to higher education in music, dance and theater.
It implements the guidelines of the Ministry of Culture for specialized and higher arts education and vocational integration.
This transversal mission within the DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes aims to develop a policy of partnership with local authorities and professional structures in terms of training, research, scientific and technical culture and occupational integration.
Conservatories, public educational institutions of music, dance and drama, provide an initial education that promotes the awakening and acquisition of the fundamental knowledge necessary for a quality amateur artistic practice and accompany young people who wish to move towards professionalization. They carry out arts and cultural education projects and pursue a dynamic of openness towards new audiences.
The classification of institutions of artistic education specialized in conservatories with communal, intercommunal, departmental or regional influence aims to strengthen the national network of public education of music, dance and drama. It attests to a qualitative and professional foundation that is identical everywhere and for everyone, enabling a wide variety of profiles to be fostered by both amateurs and students integrating the higher education of artistic creation.
- The DRAC supports institutions and local authorities in developing the provision of arts education in the region;
- It provides expertise and advice on educational guidance schemes, curricula organisation and recruitment;
- It ensures that as many people as possible have access to arts teaching and practice.
Reference texts on classification and renewal of classification :
- Decree no. 2006-1248 of 12 October 2006 on the classification of public educational institutions for music, dance and drama
- Decree of 15 December 2006 laying down the criteria for the classification of public educational establishments for music, dance and drama
Institutions wishing to apply for a classification or renewal are invited to :
- complete the file containing the questionnaire
- attach the requested documents
- send it to the prefect of the region, who, after consulting the DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, sends it for examination to the Directorate-General for Artistic Creation.
The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region has a particularly dense territorial network in terms of initial education with:
- 6 conservatories with regional coverage
- 9 conservatories with departmental radiation
- More than 30 communal and intercommunal conservatories
Classes providing preparatory education for the entry of higher education for artistic creation are intended to offer a demanding offer of public education and to offer all young people the same opportunities for access to higher education culture.
The prefect of the region grants accreditation taking into account the quality of the education offered and the public training offer existing in the territory.
- The DRAC investigates the case and issues an opinion.
More broadly, it supports institutions in their efforts to structure these classes and ensures territorial equity in terms of proposed disciplines and their link with higher education institutions.
Institutions wishing to apply for accreditation or renewal are invited to :
- complete the file
- attach the requested documents listed in Order of 5 January 2018 on the conditions for the approval of institutions providing preparation for entry into higher education institutions of artistic creation and on the content and procedures for the submission of applications
- send it to the regional prefect
In Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, 7 preparatory classes for higher education are approved, including 3 in plastic arts, 2 in circus, 6 in music, dance and theatre and a preparatory class "equal opportunities" for theatre.
Positioned at the crossroads of higher education and artistic creation, higher education culture covers a wide range of institutions with different status that the DRAC accompanies on a daily basis.
Registered in the Licence-Master-Doctorate scheme and associate members within the groups of universities or COMUE, Culture universities participate in the development of partnerships with universities and research and contribute to the region’s reputation both in France and internationally.
- In liaison with the central administration, the DRAC accompanies the institutions in their strategic choices and in the development of their establishment project as well as throughout the evaluation and accreditation process;
- In collaboration and partnership with local and regional authorities, the DRAC supports institutions in the contractualisation and development of territorial dynamics;
- It is the primary contact for schools and universities for all matters related to site policy;
- It animates the networks of institutions and develops a partnership policy in terms of training, research, scientific and technical culture;
The DRAC supports institutions in the development of integration policies and facilitates links with professional networks.
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes: 2nd region of France for higher education and in number of higher education institutions culture.
Institutions of higher education culture cover all artistic fields: architecture, entertainment, visual arts, cinema and actively participate in the policy of university sites and the development of research.
Based on the “do” pedagogy, higher education culture is built in close connection with professional networks. Active artists or architects account for most of the teaching staff. They are the first link between students and the professional world.
Contact : Ubavka Zaric, Arts and Higher Education Advisor -