Research Policy & Strategy
Within the ENSAD, the ANRT is a postgraduate programme that promotes practice-based research in fields connected with typography. The programme emphasizes the potential for collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches and projects. It works with several professional bodies and national organisations including the Association Typographique Internationale, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, and the Ministere de la Culture.
Key research themes
Digital humanities, Digital typographies, Encoding, Histories of the book and typography, Macro- and micro- typographies, Non-latin type design, Transcription, Typeface design, Typography
Degrees are validated by partner institutions (e.g. ATLIF-CNRS Nancy).
Thesis (Dissertation) and practice-based output
Doctoral submissions are examined by 3 Internal examiners and a jury of 3 external examiners.
Forms of Output
Exhibitions; typefaces and typeface families; software; objects; publications.
Post-Diplôme is 18 months, full-time; the PhD is 36-48 months, full-time.
Doctoral candidates pursue research projects through practice.
They are expected to make regular presentations on the progress of their research, normally every semester.
A schedule of workshops, tutorials, seminars, lectures, conferences, and research trips is organised entailing approx. 16 hours contact.
Research methodologies are introduced during the first Semester and ethical considerations are placed at the heart of the syllabus: the principles of Open Access and Open Source are adhered to.
Undergraduate & Masters Research
There is no direct link between the activities of ANRT and ENSAD, but some workshops and seminars are delivered to BA and MA students.
Each student works with a primary supervisor and with the broader staff team.
The ANRT is led by a director, who works with a team of 6 staff. All staff are actively engaged in research. They are expected to hold a relevant Masters degree and evidence an established design practice of international standing. Where possible, staff should also hold a PhD or doctorate – this currently applies to 2 members of staff (1/3rdof the programme staff). Training for supervisors is informal and based around seminars, workshops and archival visits.
Staff participate in international sabbaticals, and work on specific projects. They are expected to devote approx. 16 hours/week to supervision.
In the first instance, students complete an online application form, submit a portfolio, a research proposal and CV. If successful at this stage, candidates are interviewed (in person or via Skype) by 3-4 academic staff.
Students may make unsolicited applications.
The enrolment at ANRT is between 9-15 students at any point during the year; approximately 3 of those are currently undertaking doctoral studies.
The programme has produced 30 post-diplome graduates. The first PhD from the programme was awarded in 2018.
The programme and students receive state funding from the Ministere de la Culture and Ministere de l’education nationale, as well as local funding from the Region Grand Est.
Some funding for e.g visits, conferences, workshops is available. There are also Erasmus+ placements.
The programme is uniquely based in a French art & design school as opposed to a University with interdisciplinary partnerships important to sustaining this.