The disciplines are grouped into three study units related to:
1°) carrying through an interior design or product design project.
2°) formal and technical experimentation through workshops.
3°) the acquisition of project tools: wide-ranging knowledge and skills including drawing, construction, technology, representation, communication, history, proficiency in English, methodology, contemporary culture, etc.
The initial, 3-year course teaches fundamental skills with a complementary approach, particularly with regard to form-related skills. Project methodology is taught from the 2nd year onwards. The 4th and 5th years focus on the acquisition of autonomy.
Students work on an individual basis, but also have the opportunity of group work in workshop situations.
Over the 30-week university year, an average of 24 hours of weekly courses and workshops are led by teachers and 20 hours are spent on personal work. Work is intensive, particularly during workshops and when personal projects have to be submitted for evaluation. The school is open for personal work until 11pm daily.
Yes, many, especially from the 3rd year onwards, to immerse students in professional life and to help graduates find work. Examples:
Arc International – objects in glass;
L’Oréal Professionnel – product promotion and research into new services;
Jardiland – ‘acrobatic plants’ and the ‘water in gardens’ theme;
RATP – amenities
Teams (technical, commercial, communication, design, etc) from partner companies come to the school to propose a specific project to students. The winners of these competitive projects are chosen by a jury of professionals.
Yes, a minimum of two compulsory, validated internships of at least one month each, usually in summer but sometimes during courses, one or two days a week, one during the first three years, one during the final honours years. These internships are proposed by the school, which receives more internship offers from companies than requests from students.
Yes, for a semester and very selectively (a few students during years 3 and 4). We run exchanges only with schools who teach the same interior and product design specialisations, in Montréal, Brussels and Buenos Aires. Selection criteria for these internships include education level, autonomy and language constraints.
There is no predetermined rate. Studies are demanding throughout the 5-year degree course and admission to the following year is by no means automatic. Each year, decisions are made concerning wether students need to repeat a year or to change stream. In recent years, more than 4 out of 5 students were admitted to the following year, and 60% of students go on to graduate in 5 or 6 years. Students required to repeat the 5th year, do not need to pay fees.
The diploma was instated in June 2005. It has no academic accreditation and its future professional recognition will depend on the professional performance of the few students who choose to end their studies at this stage. They usually find work in interior design studios or with manufacturers. Some students may voluntarily decide to change their study specialisation with other professions in mind (graphic design, architecture, etc.). However, the overwhelming majority of students pursue the school’s degree course through to graduation.