Engineering and digital sciences for art, culture and heritage

Head: Florent Laroche
Discover how Human Sciences and Engineering Sciences come together: through methods, tools and languages... Discover the worlds of art and entertainment, history, heritage and archaeology all from an engineering perspective. A real change of focus in the engineering curriculum ...

Objectives - learning to work together

  • The engineer where he/she is least expected: a change of focus in the engineering curriculum;
  • Discover the world of art and entertainment from an engineering perspective;
  • Discover history, heritage and archaeology from an engineering perspective;
  • How to combine human sciences and engineering sciences: methods, tools, languages etc.

Skills developed

  • Acquire a common professional framework in the field of digital culture (tools, method, epistemology...), and
  • Develop key skills in the Centrale Nantes skills reference framework: 'Business and innovation' and 'design and implementation of transdisciplinary projects'.

Teaching methods

  • An interdisciplinary approach is deployed through the creation of interdisciplinary teams: Centrale Nantes, Faculty of Arts, Fine Arts College etc. The course is not about creating new technology and / or start-ups in the digital age, but rather understanding the other disciplines to allow for better integration into the fields of art, culture and heritage.
  • Technical topics covered include digital archaeology, virtual reality, user experience, museography, heritage expertise, 3D scanning, Text Encoding Initiative etc.
  • Training through business methodology, managing cultural projects, external speakers, project-based learning
  • Courses taught in conjunction with partner schools and laboratories:
    • Master in "Mediation, expertise and cultural development" - double degree programme taught by Nantes Fine Arts School and the University of Nantes (history / sociology / information-communication / languages)
    • Seminar with the François Viète Center for the History of Science and Technology - weekly
  • Institutional and industrial partners: University of Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, Voyage à Nantes, Stereolux, MG Design, 100 million pixels, liber-D, AMG Fechoz, Museums, RMN, MSH etc.
  • Planned visits to cultural sites: Arc'Antique laboratory, Nantes history museum, Nantes theatre, Stereolux, Scopitone, Cie La Machine etc.
  • External speakers: theatre engineer, stage show project engineer, instrument-maker engineer, photographer engineer etc.

Practical aspects

  • 20 students maximum, Master level
  • 96 teaching hours
  • 40 project hours
  • Location: Centrale Nantes campus or offsite depending on the interventions (MSH, Beaux-Arts etc)
NB courses are taught in French.

Sectors of activity and employment prospects

  • Cultural institutions: museums, theatres
  • Research laboratories
  • Production or engineering companies
  • Private companies specializing in media or heritage
Published on June 9, 2017 Updated on May 29, 2020