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.
Best Masters in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) in France 2017. 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.
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
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.
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 will be announced in Januray. The theme for 2016 was: "The State is always to be reinvented", John Dewey.
The calendar will be updated by the end of 2016.
postal address: SPEAP - Ecole d'Affaires Publiques de Sciences Po, 27 rue Saint-Guillaume, 75337 Paris cedex 07 – France
The main selection criteria are as follows:
recognized excellence in the candidate's domain
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 13 800€. 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%.
SPEAP is a full-time one-year programme. It starts late August, and ends in May.
The calendar will be updated by the end of 2016. Admissions will open in early 2017.