Fourth and Fifth Years: Autonomy

Students conduct all aspects of the project process on their own and define their personal standpoint regarding contemporary questions.

The fourth Year
Semester 7 situates the in-depth development of a project within professional realities, which are often addressed in partnership with firms.

• In interior design, the generic themes of the first, second and third years are revisited in a more concrete manner: project analysis, relations with the client and project manager, consideration of structural, architectural, environmental and financial constraints, prioritisation of data, technical and formal options, production of communication material. Questions related to refurbishment/conversion and landscape are also explored.
Examples: a new use for a building, work on specific types of housing, the hospital environment, the enlargement of a cemetery, ‘what to do with ruins?’, etc.
• Design studies focus on the home and urban environment: accessories, lighting, furniture, systems and components. The relationship with the client is analysed to define requirements and specifications, the development of an idea and its positioning regarding economic and technical constraints (particularly storage and transport), choice of forms and materials, the finalisation of the project via models and prototypes, production methods and retail and communication modes.
Examples: a drop paper wall lamp, a small piece of furniture.

Semester 8 covers a mixture of subjects with themes enabling a dual approach to space and product and encouraging personal initiatives.

Examples: the partition, a hairdresser’s salon, etc. A theoretical reflection on a freely chosen subject is initiated in the Memory workshop.

The Fifth Year
The year of demonstration of competencies and assertion of critical and personal standpoints, culminating in the presentation of a dissertation and a personal project to a jury of internal and external examiners responsible for awarding the Ecole Camondo’s honours degree in interior and product design. The originality and pertinence of the work presented demonstrate intellectual and professional maturity. Students also present their response to a set subject, in interior design if their personal project belongs more to the product design sector, or design in the opposite case.

Each year the school draws up the joint theme of the two set subjects: landscape, substances and materials, the decorative arts, the home project and the arts of subsistence.

The 2007/2008 theme is space management in public monuments: mini-architecture and macrodesign in the Jardin des Plantes.

Recognition of the degree
The Ecole Camondo’s honours degree in interior and product design is recognised by France’s professional certification body, the Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles.
The school’s training is also recognised by the France’s interior designer’s council, the Conseil Français des Architectes d’Intérieur (CFAI). After three years’ work experience with this professional qualification, the graduate can obtain this organisation’s ‘certification of competence’ and benefit from the advantages of the title of architecte d’intérieur CFAI.

A work experience validation procedure is currently running. For further information please contact the school’s administration.

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