Higher education, diplomas and vocational guidance
Interactive map of artistic creation higher education institutions
Discover the 91 establishments of the performing arts.
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"
The law provides that public educational institutions in music, dance and drama may offer an initial vocational education cycle (CEPI). This cycle is primarily aimed at specially motivated students with recognised artistic potential. It is being implemented in favour of pooling resources and operating as a network of institutions.
These various texts are complemented by the national educational guidelines for music, dance and drama, whose purpose is to provide educational institutions with common educational benchmarks that can adapt to their history and particular contexts.
Conditions of access to higher education and diplomas
The conditions of access and the courses vary considerably according to the schools and the specialties. If university diplomas are rarely required, it is necessary, in order to have access to training, to pass an entrance examination in which the practical tests are predominant. Studies are usually followed by an examination leading to the award of a diploma at the end of the course.
> Enrollment in State Diploma Training for Dance Teachers
> Application for approval for the pedagogical training of choreographic artists referred to in article L.362-1 of the education code
> List of centres authorised to provide training leading to the issue of the State diploma
Students intending to teach must first obtain a certificate of aptitude for the duties of music teacher or dance teacher or drama teacher or a state diploma of music teacher or dance teacher or of theatre teaching, which gives them access to competitions for teachers from the territorial cultural sector.
> Exemption from the state diploma of dance teacher
> Recognition of professional qualifications for the profession of dance teacher
> Recognition of equivalence to the State diploma of dance teacher
Public higher education institutions
Curriculum : All of these institutions prepare for at least one national undergraduate diploma (Diplôme National Supérieur Professionnel de Musicien, and/or Diplôme d'Etat de professeur de Musique, three-year initial training courses. National institutions also prepare for the Certificate of Suitability for the functions of music teacher, and for degrees conferring Master’s degree.
> The National Conservatories of Music and Dance (CNSMD) Between them, nearly 2,000 students from Paris and Lyon, 250 of them dance students.
>> Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris
209 avenue Jean Jaurès - 75019 Paris
Tel. 01 40 40 45 45
>> Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Lyon
3, quai Chauveau - 69266 Lyon cedex 09
Tel. 04 72 19 26 26
Admission requirements Depending on the specialties, recruitment is carried out on a competitive basis for candidates aged 16 to 30. Derogations are provided for younger and particularly brilliant students.
Curriculum Choreographic studies offer training as a dancer and training in choreographic notation. At the CNSMD in Paris, the last year of study is devoted to performing at the Junior Ballet.
> Paris Opera National Dance School
20 allée de la Danse 92000 Nanterre
Tel. 01 40 01 80 00
Admission requirements Admission is through an internship at the end of which the trainee passes an entrance examination to school. There are two types of placements, one for six months (January to June) and the other for one year (September to June) depending on the age of the trainee. To be admitted to the internship, you must meet physical and technical and artistic criteria. Applicants over the age of admission wishing to further their classical dance training within the school are subject to special selection.
Curriculum The studies last six years. The teaching, multidisciplinary, is open to girls and boys. In addition to the various dance classes (classical, character, contemporary, jazz and folklore), it includes complementary courses in music, mime, comedy, performing arts, dance history, anatomy and gymnastics. Students are divided into six girls and six boys divisions.
In addition to the public institutions presented above, higher education and vocational training in music, dance, theatre and performing arts is supported by a network of regional and specific schools.
- Dance -
Three higher dance schools, under associative status, operate under state control:
> Centre national de danse contemporaine d'Angers - Centre chorégraphique national
Higher School of Contemporary Dance
17, rue de la Tannerie, BP 50107 - 49101 Angers cedex 02
Tel. +33 (0)244 01 22 66, Fax +33 (0)244 01 22 77
The Provence-Mediterranean Superior Pole, comprising:
> École nationale supérieure de danse de Marseille
20, boulevard Gabès - 13417 Marseille cedex 08
Tel. 04 91 71 03 03
> Rosella-Hightower Dance College
27, Bd Montfleury - 06400 Cannes
Tel: 04 93 06 79 79/ Fax: 04 93 06 79 78
Other higher education institutions:
>> Pôle d'enseignement supérieur Paris Boulogne-Billancourt (PSPBB)
14, rue de Madrid 75008 Paris
>> Pôle d'enseignement supérieur de la musique Seine-Saint-Denis Île-de-France “Pôle Sup’93”
41 avenue Gabriel Péri 93120 La Courneuve
Tel: Education: 01.43.11.25.05 – Curriculum DNSPM: 01.43.11.25.00 – Music Curriculum: 01.43.11.25.06
>> Pôle d'enseignement supérieur spectacle vivant Bretagne/Pays de la Loire «Le Pont Supérieur»
74E, rue de Paris 35000 Rennes
>> École supérieure musique et danse Hauts-de-France - Lille (ESMD)
Rue Alphonse Colas 59000 Lille
>> Aliénor Centre - Centre d'études supérieures de musique et de danse de Nouvelle-Aquitaine
10, rue de la Tête Noire 86000 Poitiers
>> Upper ESchool of Rhine Arts (HEAR) – Higher Academy of Music
1 Place Dauphine 67000 Strasbourg
Tel. 03 88 43 67 96
>> Institut supérieur d'Arts de Toulouse (ISDAT) (Department of Performing Arts)
37, rue de Metz 31000 Toulouse
>> Pôle d'enseignement supérieur de la musique et de la danse (PESMD) Bordeaux-Aquitaine
19, rue Monthyon 33800 Bordeaux – 05.69.91.36.84
> CEFEDEM Normandy
ESPE de Rouen
2 rue du Tonquet
02 35 14 70 90
>> CEFEDEM Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
14, rue Palais Grillet 69002 Lyon
>> IESM - Institut d'Enseignement Supérieur de la Musique Europe et Méditerranée
380, avenue Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 13100 Aix-en-Provence
- Show techniques and trades -
> Centre de formation professionnelle aux techniques du spectacle (CFPTS)
92, avenue Galliéni - 92170 Bagnolet - Tel. 01 48 97 25 16
Continuing training in the various performing arts (stage managers, decorators, etc.). The CFPTS and the ISTS award professional degrees.
> Higher Institute for Performing Arts (ISTS)
rue Portail-Bocquier - 84000 Avignon - Tel. 04 90 14 14 17 - Fax: 04 90 14 14 16
Provides training for managers and technical directors.