School of Architecture and Design

Master of Arts in Contemporary Art

36 credits


Common Core
CTA605Methodology in Art Research
3 credits
The objective of this course is to seek to specify research methodologies in order to provide students with the knowledge to develop and analyze a research object, by confronting several disciplinary fields and different approaches related to the nature of specific research Field and subject of study.
CTA640Architecture, Design & Environment
3 credits
Contemporary societies express new qualitative demands for comfort, identity, method and sociability in a relationship with a high environmental quality combining innovations and concepts. A multitude of approaches and disciplines is studied at different scales with the urban, architectural, economic, bio-physical, technological, ecological, political, industrial and natural context.
CTA650Art and Moderbity
3 credits
This course aims at questioning concepts defining modernity, through the ruptures and affiliations that trace the history and result in the innovation in contemporary society. It links the latter to art and to various artistic manifestations expressed by an evolutionary disruption.
CTA615City,Home,Social Practices and Changes
3 credits
The planet is becoming urbanized. The city and architecture are a social production, covered by technical, theoretical, aesthetic, economic and sociological disciplines. This seminar aims to develop the faculties of architectural and urban observation in their most contemporary evolutions: cities in development, metropolization and rehabilitation issues, reconstruction and requalification. A critical view of the city, of its memory and its identity also builds a theoretical culture of the inhabited environments’ metamorphosis.
CTA635Critical Studies and Aesthetics
3 credits
This course draws its essence from aesthetic theories and the study of various philosophical, sociological and historical reflexions that deal with the function of art, and that are open to criticism and to a theory of contemporaneity. Through this opening, we judge the theoretical influence of a critical thinking relative to the various problematics and the diverse intellectual disciplines, peripheral to the valorization of art.
CTA610Design, Space &Communication
3 credits
Questioning and evaluating the place of the inhabitant in society as a manufacturer of cultural environments, while engaging him in contemporary spatial and environmental problematics, and seeking to establish a dialogue between citizens and inhabited environments. From a reflexion on the function of art in societal practices, the relation of the subject to his world will interrogate the environment and the object in a sensory, relational and psychological experience.
CTA625Design: Innovation, Technology &Arts
3 credits
In regards to the socio-cultural, socio-aesthetic, economic, scientific, industrial and technological changes these days, our socioprofessional environment questions creative and evolving approaches in a prospective position, highlighting a reflection of contemporary design. This critical view will test the theory and practice, different situations of experimentation in the service of the contemporary world, such as the innovation in the environment with regard to interfaces and intercultural contexts.
CTA620Film and the other Arts
3 credits
This course defines the links and interrelationships between cinematography and other arts in relation to the different forms of artistic expressions and the many socio-cultural aspects: spaces, bodies, politics, aesthetics, language, time, narrativity. A cinema film is a signing system and visual and sound aspects, movements and articulations. The significant dimension of a cinematographic space will allow to provide an analysis in an audiovisual, written or drawn form.
CTA655Identities and Societies
3 credits
This course introduces and examines the origins of society, its constituent elements and its process of evolution, all three responsible for the configuration of its identity. It addresses the questions of the continuous change of the individual and of societies, the complexity generated by the diversities in their dissimilarities and social and cultural similarities. It also analyzes the regularly repeated reinterpretation of identities, based on these changes and its repercussions on representations in the arts.
CTA630Media,Design& Contemporary Arts
3 credits
The socio-economic issues and the cultural and political problems of the new international media are becoming a real need for global communication facing the evolution of the social practices and the stakes of contemporary art. In a cultural dynamic, this course seeks through the field of media and communication to acquire and evaluate theoretical knowledge and practical approaches related to the formal and functional evolution of contemporary spaces.
CTA645Photography and Contemporary Arts
3 credits
On the one hand, this course provides the student with technical tools for photographic practice and, on the other hand, the necessary elements of theoretical reflection. This acquisition enables the student to develop a semiotics of the photographic sign, while analyzing photographic works in contemporary art according to their different conceptual and artistic approaches.
CTA690AThesis Dissertation
6 credits
This program focuses on problematics related to questionings, the fields of study of which are based on various artistic disciplines. The student will have the ability to formalize a thought, to rationalize a practice and to respect the requirements of reflection and methodology, by questioning different conceptual visions and by developing a critical spirit of a chosen theme, written in a dissertation of 80 to 100 pages.


The Interdisciplinary Master's program is a general education in Art that tackles different artistic disciplines and develops the critical reflection that allows the student to achieve his theoretical and analytical skills.
This Master establishes the link between art and various disciplines such as communication, philosophy, literature, anthropology, history and semiotics, while encouraging the reflection around the methods of thought.
A director follows the general progress of the research thesis.

Program Educational Objectives

1. Acquire theoretical knowledge related to a multidisciplinarity and a transversality, allowing the student to develop a personal research on a specific topic.
2. Acquire a high-level methodological and theoretical knowledge of contemporary art and its practices through an articulation between history, theory and criticism.
3. Develop an approach of reflection and conceptualization in the field of contemporary art, reflecting an aesthetic conception open to all the worlds of the arts.
4. Participate in seminars and debates on the strategic issues of contemporary art, setting up exchanges with international universities and promoting teacher and student mobility.
5. Pursue the research on a doctoral level.

Program Outcomes

a. Strengthen the mastery of scientific fields in the world of Contemporary Arts through theoretical tools and methodological means of research.
b. Refine the capacity of synthesis and theoretical criticism of contemporary art and its aesthetic approaches.
c. Formulate a problematic in regards to the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary fields of Design (Medias, photography, objects, cinema ...)
d. Analyze and problematize the different aspects of cultural mediation in relation to social practices.
e. Evaluate the notions relating to the spatial dimension in a social criticism form, following an experimental research and a sociological, urbanistic and architectural approach.
f. Formalize a thought and rationalize a practice of conception by drafting a research paper written in interface with literary, poetic, anthropological, philosophical and social references.
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