The courses offered at TALM are organised around the Art programmes delivered at each of our three sites: the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage with a Sculpted Works specialism is part of the Art course in Tours, but part of the Design course in Angers and Le Mans, with options in Computational and Mechatronics, Sound Design, and Design and the Environment.
TALM places great emphasis on teaching and learning driven by mutual exchanges which occur through the development of creative languages and processes. This approach allows students to experience different fields and to compile their own learning path tailored to their individual aspirations.
At the TALM School of Art and Design, students learn through a combination of experimentation, theory, practice and research, taught by professional artists and theorists. Lessons are designed to empower students to fulfil their artistic endeavours independently.
Our school is closely involved in research with our institutional partners (universities, labs, graduate schools and cultural institutions). We strive to apply everything we teach at the interregional level to a wider, international context. We have agreements in place with more than 40 institutions in other countries, which provide students with opportunities for internships, exchange programmes and research modules.
During their studies at TALM, our students benefit from a range of general subjects, specialist options and hands-on learning in research and creation workshops. This is rounded off by a programme of conferences, study trips and seminars (full details available in the Actualité section of TALM’s website).
Finally, an exhibition programme aims to offer students an array of experiences and artistic projects through reading and critical analysis or through personal involvement by giving students the chance to work with a guest artist. These exhibitions help to disseminate the most innovative and up-to-the-minute forms of contemporary art.
TALM provides both general and specialist courses, all of which are accredited by the French Ministry of Culture. Our school’s educational and scientific programme is designed to serve three purposes: research, international presence, and to help students find employment.
The courses offered across our three sites reflect the identities and characteristics of each campus, which complement and enhance each other. This diversity is an asset for our school.
Tours offers three long-cycle courses: a general course in Art and two specialised courses, the first being Sculpture and second being Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage with a Sculpted Works specialism.
Angers offers a choice of two long-cycle courses: Art and Design (accredited by the Conseil Français des Architectes d’Intérieur – French Council of Interior Architects). The Art course includes an undergraduate Textile Techniques programme, and the Design course has a postgraduate BAD Design option. A Master’s degree in Project Management or Cultural Institutions is also proposed as a joint degree in conjunction with Esthua – University of Angers.
Le Mans offers a choice of two long-cycle courses: Art and Design with options in Computational and Mechatronic Design, Sound Design and Design and the Environment.
The three-tier LMD system
In 2006, TALM adopted a three-tier degree system in alignment with the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In France, this is called the LMD system with the three levels being Licence (Bachelor equivalent), Master’s and doctoral. Courses are organised as semesters. Years leading up to the DNA (three years of study – Licence degree) include six semesters. Courses resulting in a Master’s degree have a two-pronged objective: to help students acquire research skills and to deliver a learning experience that will lead them into high-level employment. The DNSEP (five years of study) is equal to a Master’s degree and is awarded upon completion of a further 120 credits after the DNA. It is completed over four semesters.