Open to the city, the School of Arts and Design is strengthening its offer of internships and public courses


An eclectic proposal

“This is one of the fundamental missions of artistic schools”, recalls Jean-François Dumont, the director of the structure, about these sessions open to all, and long nicknamed “evening classes”. “This openness to the outside public is really part of our establishment objectives”, continues the director who intends to promote “amateur practices”.

More than 80 courses and internships

The Higher School of Art and Design of the Pyrenees offers around 80 courses or internships throughout the year. Most are held on its premises at 2 rue Mathieu-Lalanne, but a few also take place on the school’s Tarbais site, place Henri-Borde. The complete list is available on

Nineteen courses are offered each week. From silkscreen printing to photography via graphic culture or an introduction to drawing, all of these courses take place on site, which strengthens contacts between students and the general public. “The general philosophy is not to separate the two but on the contrary to create a link”, continues the director.

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And if many courses are already full, there are still plenty of places left in the courses that the establishment offers during the school holidays. Here again, the proposal is very extensive and the speakers of the very first order. We find, for example, the cartoonist Frédéric Campoy. The author of the comic book “A life with Alexandra David-Néel” is notably offering a “Manga and haiku” course from October 31 to November 4. The opportunity for students to study both the narration and its different shots while at the same time handling the digital tool.

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The All Saints holidays will also be an opportunity for the Esad to offer, in particular, a course on the theme “Painting the human body”. From November 2 to 4, participants, whether beginners or experienced, will have the task of “interpreting the human body in painting”. Very numerous, the other courses will cover themes as varied as painting, photography, and even video games.

Applications on the rise

For the Esad, these courses and these internships are also a means of making themselves better known to the public. A mission that the establishment also carries out with schoolchildren. “We go to meet schoolchildren, but we also invite them to come and discover the places”, underlines Charlène Carmouze, the educational director of the school, who recalls that from the age of 15, young people interested in post-baccalaureate artistic training can take courses at the Esad to acclimatize to the place.

Contacts that help strengthen vocations. This is already reflected in the applications received by the establishment. “In constant increase”, it shows how the Esad manages for a few years to surf on its new location. This is also felt through the interconnections that are being created with the Museum of Fine Arts. This can be seen from the common entrance to the two sites where there is an exhibition created by first-year students around vinyl records. One example among others of the close links between these two high artistic places in Pau.

Open to the city, the School of Arts and Design is strengthening its offer of internships and public courses