Education, training and trades
Higher education institutions train pupils with an established vocation who have received initial education in music, dance and drama schools, but also in circus schools, street and puppetry arts and performing arts.
These establishments provide training in the performing arts, particularly as interpreters and teachers.
The initial teaching of music, dance and drama - the primary objective of which is to train amateurs - has developed considerably over the past thirty years. France has more than 1,000 public arts schools, more than 25,000 teachers and 280,000 students in all classes.
Conservatories (CRR, CRD, CRC/CRI)
The classification of arts education establishments specialising in conservatories with communal, intercommunal, departmental or regional radiation aims to strengthen the national network of public education in 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.
Higher education, diplomas and vocational guidance
The higher education of the living performance is carried by 33 institutions offering diplomas in the fields of music, dance, theatre, puppetry and circus arts. They welcome nearly 3,500 graduate students.
You will find in the attached document a description of the related training provision for the national diplomas of the Ministry of Culture, as well as the diplomas of institutions conferring a university degree.
For more information on these courses, please refer to the brochure "Higher education artistic creation"
School-based teachers and musicians play an important role in transmitting, teaching the arts and raising the awareness of as many people as possible. In order to guarantee the quality of the public service of arts education, the Ministry of Culture and Communication (Directorate-General for Artistic Creation) supports and organises their training through the 11 centres or departments for training dance and music teachers (CEFEDEM) and of nine training centres for musicians-speakers (CFMI). Dance and music teacher training centres shall provide training leading to the delivery of the State diploma in music and dance at the end of a two-year course. The training centres for the musicians involved provide training leading to the delivery of the university diploma in musician intervening. These institutions also play an important role in the ongoing training of teachers and practitioners.
Financial aid to students
The Ministry of Culture allocates financial aid to students in higher education culture: scholarships on social criteria, National Fund for Emergency Aid for Culture (FNAUAC) annual, mobility aid to grant students.