The school has many technical studios, most of which have been upgraded to standards and renovated, and sometimes re-equipped. The goal is to help the students discover techniques and learn the use of various materials. The studios are also open to the artists in residence, who benefit from the necessary amenities to develop their projects in optimal conditions during their stay.

The school also intends to develop the notion of co-production, to enable a few artists to create specific in situ works notably in the context of the art center’s exhibitions.
The institution also encourages the production of works by the artist-teachers for public commissions (for example a public commission of outdoor furniture for the Nice medical school) or by teams including a teacher and a group of students (for example liturgical furniture for the bishop’s palace, another recent instance.)

The studios are regrouped in different departments that cooperate structurally and conduct common projects.

The video and computer graphics studio offers professional equipment for filming (cameras, stands, lights…), editing (specific workstations), post-production (specialised software) and for screening HD videos (video projectors, LCD screens, streaming…). It also offers a computer science classroom with many computers for technical training on various photo editing software, graphic design and website design. A special room is dedicated to 3D imagery and another to research on the Internet.

A large part of the studio’s activity is dedicated to sound and to projects linked to sound works, with a variety of recording equipment.

Sound studio

6 Mac Pro video editing stations (Digital Performer – Reaper – Ableton Live – WaveLab – MOTU 828 & Ultralite MK3 sound cards)
Professional Studiobricks acoustic cabin
Processing / effects
TLAudio ebony compressor, Lexicon LXP, Yamaha SPX90 & 1000, Ultrapatch pro, Akaï S1000 sampler, delay pedals, loop boss, big muff
Recording equipment
(Neumann 184 mt & TLM 103 microphones, SM57 Dynamic, SM58, couple Schoeps, CETACEAN C54 hydrophone, Telinga satellite dish, HF Sennheiser ew 100, Shure SM81-LC,
MX 393/S, Sennheiser ME 66 shotgun)

mixing decks
Allen&heath GL2400,
Makie, Korg, Yamaha
Digital and analog recorders
Sound Devices 788T, ZOOM H4N & H6, Edirol R4, Revox
Analog studio
(Doepfer, Roland System 100M, DX7, RSF Kobol, Audio Signal generator TBF)
Playback system
QSC K12 & Ksub, Genelec 1031A & 1032A, FOCAL CMS-50, Yamaha MSP5
Electonics studio
Arduino modules,
circuits bending & imprimés,
fabrication capteurs Sensor
& microphones

In order to encourage collaboration between studios, the volume department includes several complementary entities in a space of over 600 square meters, equipped with compressed air and a specific space for experimentation. It also offers optical fiber cables and WiFi.

Metal studio
Both small portable electric material and large machines are available.

Wood studio
The studios for working with wood offer modern and efficient machines.

Modeling and moulding studio
A specific space for modeling and moulding (plaster and synthetic materials) was equipped with large marble platforms, trays for clay, mechanical ventilation.

Ceramics studio
The equipment in the studio was recently replaced and supplemented in order to match an ever growing demand: 4 large modern kilns have been installed (650 l / 1300° – 700 l / 1300° – 120 l / 1430° – 1150 l / 1100°), 2 wheels, a 2010 enameling cabinet

This department has also been equipped with tools for digital work (computer assisted creation and fabrication) dedicated to transdisciplinary experimenting (silkscreen, ceramics, etching…), including a CNC Heintz 1440 (digital work) and a Spedy 300 (laser).

Edition studio
The studio is equipped with two A0 printers (110 cm) stylus pro 9800 EPSON and Xanté film meker 4 (format A3+) to print poster size photographs or to print on transparent film (typons) for silkscreen or offset. Specific printing software (Color Gate) provides four color process printing.

Silkscreen studio
the studio offers efficient equipment for printing any format (3 tables). It also has un bloc d’insolation avec étuve de séchage, un bac de dégravage avec fond lumineux, une affûteuse de racles. The equipment allows students and guest artists to implement projects, and in particular artists’ editions.

Etching studio
The studio is equipped with a large Fleury press for steel engraving (1,10 meter platform – 0,60 meter opening), a hand press and a Ledeuil press for imprints. The etchings produced in the studio during the last 35 years are in the process of being digitized. The collection is housed at the library of the Villa Arson.

The department includes dedicated spaces (a drawing auditorium, technical studios) and small material. The Villa Arson has invested in a professional painting cabin with compressed air. The goal is to provide an initiation to painting with a painting gun on various types of surfaces and notably on three dimensional ones.
The department provides the students with shooting equipment, both silver-based and digital: Sinar P2 4” x 5” format, Hasselblad 503 CW and 501 CM, FM3 Nikon bodies, Nikon and Canon digital bodies, digital back IXPress. There is a shooting studio equipped with electronic flashes and tungsten lighting, and there are several developing and printing labs.
A special computer room connected with the digital department and the edition studio allows for editing and digitizing: it has 24 x 36, 120 and 4” x 5” scanners. Very high quality inkjet printing is possible in the context of a project.
The auditoriums, which can seat from 50 to 90 people, are used for theory classes and presentations. They are connected, soundproof, and equipped with mobile screens and video projectors.
The library is a study place destined as a priority to the students and teachers of the establishment. It offers approximately thirty workstations for readers, half of which are connected to electric plugs and to the network. It is a privileged place for becoming initiated to the process of research. Teachers of theory classes have a space reserved for their course documentation. One-to-one meetings with the students can also be held there. Because of its particularly large collection of documents the library is an essential tool for the historical and critical training of the students.
The Villa Arson’s experimental gallery has adjustable partitions and covers a surface of nearly 300 square meters, which can be used as a single space or as four smaller spaces. The gallery is connected directly to the digital department in order to be able to show everything that is produced in its studios. The storehouse also provides eight broadcasting modules and numerous peripheral mobile devices for sound installations and performance projects.
The Auditorium has 193 seats, and is equipped with Genelec 5.1 speakers and material for screening videos. It is designed for the spatialization and presentation of electro-acoustic works and sound cinema.
This large auditorium was renovated in the summer 2014: extension of the stage and of the control room for an optimal broadcasting of image and sound. A cinema screen was added and the auditorium was equipped for handicapped people.
The Temporary gallery is a 100 square meter space at the heart of the Villa Arson, between the school and the art center. The gallery program is put together by the postgraduate students.