What sets the communication option at the Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Toulouse apart is the connection established between drawing (and illustration) and graphic design, via a publishing project and issues of distribution. The goal is to help students become equally sensitive to the image and the "image of the text", to master all the visual issues in publishing, i.e. to publish by going from paper to screen. Within the teaching of graphic design, special attention is paid to typography and type design and the spatial aspects around issues of identity and identification. Over the past decade, international figures from the field of graphic design and typography, including Wladyslaw Pluta, Alejandro Lo Celso and Philippe Millot have regularly offered intensive workshops within the framework of courses by François Chastanet.
Following this type of methodology workshop, many students create original alphabets.
The practice of drawing letters is included in the weekly classes right from the start of the programme phase (years two and three), and then extended during intensive group workshops in the project phase (years four and five) with guest lecturers. Following this type of methodology workshop, many students create original alphabets, particularly in relation to their own writing for applications in conjunction with narrative drawing and illustration. For the past several years, these alphabets are presented for the Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique (DNSEP) and Master. Ten alphabets were designed collectively in Toulouse including Garonne (a type system now used by the City of Toulouse for its visual identity and various municipal publications) and Jenson Rotunda, in collaboration with the Toulouse heritage research library (Nicolas Jenson is universally known for the roman face he designed in the early 1470s in Venice, which had a major influence on Claude Garamond's romans), a research project that attempts to highlight his largely unknown work on Gothic rounds, a script that was widespread in Europe at that time.
Since 2003, the school's annual presentation brochures have been fully designed by students in the communication option within the open graphic design studio. This printed object is traditionally commissioned from a recent communication graduate from the Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Toulouse. These productions provide an opportunity to use typefaces designed in the school, such as Pixat (2004) and Garonne (2009).