Saint-Etienne Higher School of Art and Design (ESADSE)

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Saint-Etienne, France

The School and the Cité du Design have been united since 2010 in an EPCC (public institution for cultural cooperation). This association is a real asset for the School, which benefits from the Cité du Design's activities and networks: talks, research programmes, etc. As the Cité du Design has direct links with the professional world, this provides the ESADSE with many opportunities to meet and get involved in projects with professionals, in particular through workshops organised with companies. The School is also fortunate in being able to take advantage of exhibition organising skills, a true field of experimentation for the students.

The ESADSE is the only art and design school in France to be fully involved in an international event such as the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne. It was the school that originally started this event: it created and organised the first four editions (from 1998 to 2004). Since 2006 it has handed over the reins to the Cité du design, which now organises the Biennial. Evidence of the increasingly professional nature of the event, this handover has enabled the ESADSE to concentrate on the programming and to develop actions with other higher education institutions. The event thus constitutes an original way of enhancing training, fostering exchanges and heightening visibility.