The teaching of typography and graphic design starts in the second year with introductory workshops. Typographic issues are approached in greater detail in the third and fourth years, before the student develops a personal, independent research project. In a dialogue between history and contemporary creation, Jérôme Knebusch's workshop focuses on type design with an eye to creating a typographical library. Multiple uses of various typefaces indicate the cross-disciplinary potential of typography. Theoretical classes address key concepts such as readability, rhythm, calligraphic structures, terminology and classification.
Multiple uses of various typefaces indicate the cross-disciplinary potential of typography.
The broader field of graphic design, in which typography plays an important role, is dealt with in Elamine Maecha's editorial design workshops and Chloe Tercé's drawing / graphics workshops. The challenges of graphical control are regularly broached in the form of in-house competitions with respect to the school's communication media. In addition, an annual "Typographic Space" workshop explores the relationship of the letter to three-dimensional space, with lecturers brought in from the outside (Elamine Maecha, Matthew Cortat, Michel Petit Didier). Regular conferences discuss current typographical practice (Tino Grass, François Chastanet, Jean-Baptiste Levée, Matthieu Cortat). Messina – the school's identity typeface – was designed following an intensive workshop with Alejandro Lo Celso. However, the communication option does not focus primarily on graphic issues. Workshops in photography, film, drawing/narrative, animation and hypermedia create an open, cross-cutting option in which students are encouraged to develop into independent creative artist.