ARCC Diploma : Research-Creation

The Year of Research and Creation (ARRC) is a one-year course at the interface between the arts, sciences and technologies with the Scène de recherche de l'ENS Paris-Saclay.
The aim of the courses is to acquire new methodologies, develop autonomy, creativity, collective work and project management in future scientists, professional artists or administrators from the world of culture.

The ARRC also allows the development of a critical reflection on the role of science and technology in contemporary societies.

Presentation of the diploma

The ARRC course leads to an Establishment Diploma (DE) from ENS Paris-Saclay.

Artistic practice and encounters with high-level artists and scientists enable ARRC students to develop theoretical and practical reflection on contemporary artistic creation and on scientific and technological research: the role of imagination and sensitivity, the production of meaning and knowledge, investigation, critical thinking, reflexivity, the perception of science and the construction of audiences, and analyses of the complexity of interactions between science, technology and society
The ARRC programme is structured around teaching units allowing the acquisition of knowledge and methodologies specific to research-creation, and practical modules favouring transdisciplinary experimental work.

The Year of Research and Creation aims to enrich the training of future researchers, teachers, teacher-researchers and professionals from all sectors of activity who are trained at ENS Paris-Saclay and, more broadly, at the Université Paris-Saclay.


The course lasts one year, from mid-September to mid-July, and is divided into two semesters.

  • The 1st semester (mid-September to end of January) is structured in 4 axes. It includes practical and theoretical lessons as well as the realisation of a collective research-creation project.
  • The 2nd semester is devoted to a research internship, carried out in a place where a research-creation project can be developed (scientific laboratory, an artist's studio, an artistic company, a cultural institution, an association for the popularisation of science, a centre for scientific and technological culture, etc.).

Prerequisites: M1 Master's level training

For students wishing to join the ARRC, validation of one of the courses offered by the Scène de recherche is recommended:

    following an artistic practice workshop,
    participation in a PIC proposed by the Scène de recherche,
    following a transversal UE of "Sciences, arts, cultures and heritage"

For any student wishing to apply to the ARRC, an experience (academic or personal) combining science, technology and art will be appreciated.

Target audience

  • Students after a M1 or M2 in a scientific formation (basic sciences, engineering sciences, social sciences)
  • Students after a M1 or M2 in an artistic formation
  • Normaliens: specific year of study ideally in the 3rd year of the degree after the M1 year
  • Students from art and design schools or engineering schools


The first semester of the ARRC is built around 4 axes, each corresponding to approximately 50 hours of training

  • Axis 1: Landscapes of research-creation (Epistemology, History, Institutions)
  • Axis 2: Interfaces (Bodies and Robots, Sensations and Technologies, Sciences and Fictions)
  • Axis 3: Practices and projects (methodology, tools, creations, workshops; initiation of lighting desk and sound controls...)
  • Axis 4: Expeditions (explorations, encounters, mediations)

Evaluation and validation procedures

The modules of the first semester are assessed by continuous assessment, with the completion of various assignments, depending on the module, and, at the end of the first semester, the presentation of a research-creation project at the Scène de recherche.
It should be noted that attendance at all lessons is mandatory in order to validate the diploma.
The research internship is assessed by a report and a presentation to the ARRC teaching team.