Experimental Programme in Political Arts (SPEAP)

What is SPEAP?

The Experimental Programme in Political Arts (SPEAP) is a one-year Master's programme at the School of Public Affairs for mid-career professionals with at least 4 years of professional experience.  This full-time programme brings together architects, designers, academics, public servants, managers, researchers, administrators, activists and curators who wish to enhance their skills, develop inventive tools and give a new momentum to their career. 

This multidisciplinary programme is driven by key notions of experimentation, inquiry and innovation that explore the points of articulation and connection between scientific, artistic, and political fields. Young professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds will confront concrete societal and political issues through a range of classes and pedagogical formats that combine scientific and artistic methods.

The programme's conceptual framework is based on the fields of social sciences and humanities (including philosophy, sociology, history and science). The programme combines theoretical teaching with pragmatic tools and concepts, through group work and workshops that are comprised of exercises in which participants co-develop and test practical solutions to real-world issues. 

The Sciences Po Medialab, a leading-edge research hub, offers participants access to a variety of professionalizing tools, including controversy mapping, visual network analysis and design methods. This digital toolkit is used to explore and analyse social science methods and political arts questions, allowing participants to share their knowledge and skills, and also incorporate the use of films, performances, and digital media.  

Students will also benefit from the core curriculum of the School of Public Affairs. According to their professional trajectory and objectives, students can choose to develop skills in project management within the scope of public policy and the various policy streams offered within the School. Graduates can therefore take the programme as an opportunity to consider new career options as managers in cultural bodies and other major public domains. 

Programme

  • one core course, 4 h per week: « Performances and Political Arts » (Bruno Latour, Jean-Michel Frodon and Frédérique Aït-Touati)
  • one workshop,  4 h per week (practical exercises, commissions)
  • one common core curriculum course
  • three elective courses to choose among the courses of the School of Public Affairs, according to the professional objectives of the student
  • three intensive weeks to develop practical skills and methods

Admissions 

Twenty students are selected each year, upon examination of the application materials (presentation of work related to the admission theme) and secondly upon an oral interview.

Application materials

  • a CV
  • a motivation letter
  • two academic or professional references 
  • an indication of language proficiency: English and French 
  • excerpts of applicant's work. All supports are accepted but must remain synthetic: 20 pages maximum for images and text, 10 minutes maximum for sound or video.
  • one proposal on the theme. The work submitted by the applicant may be artistic or scientific formats. All forms will be accepted but must remain synthetic: 20 pages maximum for images and text, 10 minutes maximum for sound or video.

The theme for 2017 is: "Disoriented people. Where to land?"

Applications are to be submitted by the 15th of April, 2017

  • postal address: SPEAP - Ecole d'Affaires Publiques de Sciences Po, 27 rue Saint-Guillaume, 75337 Paris cedex 07 – France
  • email: speap.eap@sciencespo.fr

Selection criteria

The main selection criteria are as follows:

  • recognized excellence in the candidate's domain
  • quality, originality 
  • motivation and professional project
  • ability to adapt and evolve in an international, multicultural environment
  • flexibility, openness and curiosity
  • sensitivity to creation and the sciences in the broadest sense
  • taste for experimentation and collective work
  • knowledge of English is required
  • knowledge of French is required 

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the entire programme is set at 14 100€. Sciences Po awards scholarships to a select number of students, in the form of tuition reduction. These tuition reductions range from 10% to over 50%.

Find information on other sources of financial aid on the bursaries and financial aid page. 

Calendar

  • Applications: December 20th, 2016 to April 15th, 2017
  • Interviews with pre-selected candidates: April 20th to April 30th, 2017
  • Results: May 2nd to May 5th, 2017
  • Orientation programme: week of August 28th, 2017
  • Beginning of classes: September 4th, 2017
  • End of the academic year: mid-May, 2017
  • Graduation: July 2017

Contact

For any enquiries regarding the programme, please send us an email.