The Ecole Supérieure d’Arts Plastiques de la Ville de Monaco (ESAP) has set a pedagogy specifically oriented towards transmitting a multifaceted education in art and scenography.

This orientation answers particularly to the necessity of underling the dialog between a work and its context along with the new shapes induced by their confrontation.
Questioning the mutual influences, the reflective and permutation effects between visual arts, the stage and the exhibition space is what the training concentrates upon.

The practice of scenography being combinative, its field is a place of multiple experiences. Through the diversity of processes it convokes, it creates the conditions of a central space that both defines and exceeds its own limits. In other words, it presents an event but also the vaguer porous boarders of a revelation, where the potentialities of art intertwine. We invite our future artists to invest these passageways, both zones of resistance and exchange.
Though the motile territory of scenography is our playground, art remains the general frame of the pedagogical project. The ESAP affirms itself above all as school engaged in a contemporary creation which builds itself with the plurality of mediums.

Thanks to reliable collaborations, experiments, experiences and research become palpable through real situations. Therefore, throughout their course, the students are soon confronted to a professionalising demand. The teaching structure of the ESAP corresponds in a progressive way to the opportunities offered by the cultural and economical, national and international context.

An innovative project, supported by prestigious partnerships, allows the ESAP to fully develop its ambitions, through a training in direct relation with the actual practices.

Isabelle Lombardot


Pavillon Bosio, Ecole Supérieure d’Arts Plastiques de la Ville de Monaco, is entitled to bestow Higher Artistic Education Degrees :

⇒ DNA from academic year 2017:2018. The DNAP (National Diploma of Visual Arts) will be given for the last time in 2016/2017.

⇒ DNSEP equivalent to Master degree of Arts

Following an agreement between the Government of his Serene Highness the Prince of Monaco and the Government of the French Republic, regarding the mutual recognition of training in higher artistic education, visual arts special, signed on June 11th 2004 (Sovereign Order n°172 of August 30th 2005 and French Decree n° 2005-873 of July 25th 2005) and an amendment to the Agreement signed on November 9th 2010 (Sovereign Order n°3.626 of January 12th 2012 and French Decree n°2012-179 of February 6th 2012).

The Visual Arts’ Directors from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication are entitled to act as consultants in the assessment of the quality of the teachers’ selection process. The Board is also required to conduct reviews of the courses as well advise on the School’s development.

The School is evaluated periodically by the independent administrative authority called the Higher Council for the Assessment of Research and Higher Education (HCERES).

The Ecole Supérieure d’Arts Plastiques de la Ville de Monaco (Pavillon Bosio) is a public service.


The School was named after François-Joseph Bosio, a famous sculptor born in Monaco on March 19th 1768 and who died in Paris on July 30th 1845.

Pavillon Bosio, which now hosts the Visual Art School, was built on the ruins of a hospital. This building had already sheltered, for over sixty years, a drawing school run by the artist Gino Colombo and, subsequently, by the painter and set decorator Augustus Marocco.

The new Visual Art School was inaugurated on July 25th 1969 by Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace of Monaco. Danièle Lorenzi-Scotto, an artist, was its headmaster.

Claude Rosticher, a painter (from art group Signe) and a drawing teacher, took over as the headmaster for more than twenty years, installing two foundation courses which prepared students for the French art schools’ admission exams and, later on, another foundation course initiating first cycle studies.

In 2001, his successor Michel Enrici, an art critic and curator, became head of the school for four years. He installed the Bachelor course and degree.

The recognition of the equivalency diplomas provided by Pavillion Bosio was officialised in June 2004.

The first Bachelor degrees in Visual Art were awarded in June 2005.

The first Master degrees in Visual Art, art & stage design major, were granted in June 2007.

The first Masters recognized as European Master degrees were bestowed in 2011.