SACRe doctoral program

Program type : Initial Training
Degree : PhD
Discipline(s) : Plastic Arts, Film, Dance, Design
Domains : Arts
Teaching language : French
Prerequisites : Master

Exploring the common ground between research and the arts; enabling artists in various creative fields and researchers to work and invent together: This is the mission of the SACRe doctoral program.

The program is a result of the cooperation between five major national grandes écoles for arts - Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique (CNSAD: national theatre academy), Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP: national music and dance conservatory), Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD: national decorative arts academy), Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Métiers de l’Image et du Son (La Fémis: national film academy), Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Beaux-Arts : national fine arts academy); and the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS). 

The objective of SACRe is to facilitate the emergence and development of projects that associate art and research and that are original in both their methods and their results. Encompassing multiple domains, as indicated by the name of the doctorate (SACRe: sciences, arts, design, and research), this truly interdisciplinary doctoral program brings together artists, designers, and performers, as well as researchers in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences, thus inculcating a close articulation of thought and sensitivity.
The SACRe doctorate places the creation of works of art within the heart of a research environment, strictly associated with a critical approach based on potentially diverse academic fields.

The doctoral program SACRe :

  • for artists, in the creation of works and the redaction of a portfolio, closely associated with a reflexive approach based on various theoretical and scientific fields ;
  • for theorists, in the production of a written thesis.


SACRe doctoral students attend a variety of seminars:

  • seminars offered by their school of the arts, connected with their thesis topic and artistic practice.
  • seminars offered by their doctoral school, ED 540 – Interdisciplinary Doctoral School (Humanities/Sciences), connected with their thesis topic (view website for ED 540).
  • seminars offered by their assigned laboratory, EA 7410 – (Sciences, Arts, Creation, Research). Invited speakers will address this seminar on a topic to be determined at the start of the year. All doctoral students are required to attend this seminar during their first two years of work on their thesis and to present an interim report on the progress of their thesis during the second year and a preliminary defense in the third year.

Admissions requirements

All candidates must meet the university’s enrollment requirements and must hold a diploma awarded upon completion of five years of university study:

  • French Master’s degree.
  • Diploma conferring a Master’s degree (or equivalent diploma) in France or abroad.
  • Diplôme de 2e cycle supérieur (Master’s degree) awarded in France or abroad.

Artist candidates must be able to present a portfolio showing evidence of actual artistic work.
Candidates may not already be enrolled in a doctoral thesis program.
There is no age limit for candidates.
Candidates may not compete for admission more than three times in all.

2019 Call for applications

The availability date of application forms and the deadline for submission follow the academic calendars of each institute, but fall within the following range: from 18 March to 15 May 2019.

Please note: Applications are initially submitted to the partner institution selected by the candidate depending on the topic of his or her project. Each institution describes its application procedure on its website and lists the documents that must be submitted with the application.

Following a selection process, each institution decides on the admissibility of the candidate(s) selected.
The PSL Selection Board then decides on final admissions, based on its review of the applications and the reports prepared by each institution.

The final results are announced on the PSL website in September.

After final admission, students must enroll at one of the conservatories or art schools as well as at PSL in order to participate in coursework (fees are paid only to the art school or conservatory). Doctoral students who are preparing their thesis at the École Normale Supérieure de Paris enroll at ENS only.

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