Typography at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art in Cambrai

The programme of the Ecole Supérieure d’Art in Cambrai (ESAC) focuses on communication. During the first and second years, students work with various media, including video, multimedia, photography, graphic design, drawing and illustration. In the third year, students choose one of the two majors offered by the school:

- Graphic design
- Art and media.

Graphic design teaching encourages a diversified approach, including courses on the history of graphic design, the relationship of graphic design to publishing, the screen, space and services.

Taking the form of research and creative workshops and conferences organized at the school, this research has led to a seminar with the Centre Georges Pompidou's Revues Parlées

Typography plays a prominent role in this, just as it does the school's research programme. Students may choose typography for their final project, such as that by Nicolas Millot, who chose to work on the Tahitian language. Since 2009, Michel Wlassikoff, historian and graphic design instructor, and Alexandre Dumas Rauly, an ESAC graduate who earned a Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique (DNSEP) with a study of the typeface Futura, have developed a research dedicated to Futura.

Taking the form of research and creative workshops and conferences organized at the school, this research has led to a seminar with the Centre Georges Pompidou's Revues Parlées a book published by Editions Norma and to an exhibition at the Gallery Anatome in 2011. Designed to be portable, this exhibition will be shown at other schools both in France and abroad. In 2011–2012, a research and creation workshop and conferences will be based on this research, with the goal of studying contemporary typefaces and their use in the field of publishing, the public space and services (signage, etc.).