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EnsadLab Art & Design Research Laboratory at Ensad, Paris École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs



EnsadLab, the art and design research laboratory of the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, is open to applicants who hold a master’s degree from any institution of higher education, experienced artists and theorists seeking a doctorate through practice-based research. The program trains candidates in the skills needed to explore new methodologies and test novel hypotheses, learning to work with scientists and proposing solutions to contemporary problems — in other words, inventing new forms (relational, technological, aesthetic, social).

Founded in 2007, the EnsadLab name – recognized by research communities in science, art, and design – guarantees the integrity of this approach to practice-based research. During the 2016-2017 academic year, EnsadLab counts eight thematic research groups, each led by EnsAD professors, researchers, and designers. Approximately 30 recognized artists, designers, and experts will intervene throughout the year. The EnsadLab student researchers will develop their practical research in the context of collaborative projects developed within each of those groups, and will learn the organizational aspects of research through concrete participation: seeking partnerships, responding to tenders, developing joint projects.

Two annual calls for applications allow you to join EnsadLab :

Call for applications to join EnsadLab’s

Call for applications to “Sciences Arts Création et Recherche” PhD


Emmanuel Mahé, Head of Research