Theater study program

Courses in the humanities account for a large part of INSA group's engineering programs: 20% of the INSA Rouen engineer curriculum focuses on subject areas in the humanities, such as languages, communications, human sciences and management. In addition to the institution’s nine main scientific specializations, INSA Rouen aims to foster awareness of world issues by offering curriculums on five different themes: dance, sports, media, theater and music.


The theater study program at INSA Rouen was a first in a public engineering school. Students on the program become familiar with corporal expression, speaking or playing a role. Theater practice is also a way to raise cultural awareness, a praised asset among engineering professionals, and to gain a better understanding of live art performances as a spectator. The program is promoted by DRAC Normandie.


The program includes three course levels and two cultural outings.


  • A semester of workshops (21 hours): awareness of body, gestures and space, individual and collective improvisations, mask and clown practice, critical analyses of performances as well as meetings with professional artists
  • Mondays, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm or Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 pm
  • Courses at this level can only be taken once throughout the curriculum


  • Two semesters of workshops (28 hours per semester): physical training and knowledge of self as part of a group and with the public, breathing and corporal expression, collective improvisations, in-depth study of clown behavior, writing and critical analyses of performances. The training also includes debates with professional artists and an end-of-year performance.
  • Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Courses at this level can be taken for several years


  • Two semesters of workshops (35 hours per semester): classical and modern texts, the creation and presentation of a multifaceted performance (art, communications, lighting...), critical analyses of performances and debates with professional artists
  • Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Students are graded twice a year: grades are based on student recommendations and professor approval.



  • Motivation is the only prerequisite.
  • At the beginning of undergraduate program, students can only take the "initiation" course level, unless having previously completed a high school theatre course.
  • The "performance" course level is restricted to students with significant theatrical experience.