Our 5-year Curriculum as an Interior architect – Object designer
Both a humanist and a universalist, the Interior Architect-Object Designer works on various scales, from the smallest object to the whole city. As a craftsman and a general contractor, he or she restores as much as he or she designs; the Interior Architect-Object Designer builds the perceptible materiality of the environment he or she can design, on demand. The IA-OD convenes knowledge and skills and explores the cultural contexts he or she intervenes on. Considerate of technical and societal transformations, continually open to dialogue, the IA-OD knows how to meet unprecedented programmes and come up with new functions.
The interior architect-object designer envisions and arranges today and tomorrow’s living spaces. He or she foresees the environment, the uses and the various experiences expected of each space’s functions. Therefore, he or she thinks in a comprehensive way the spheres and atmospheres in:
- residential spaces and the workplace
- hotels, restaurants,
- commercial and retail environments,
- private or public services,
- scenography and museography.
The Assets of our 5-year curriculum
–> At the end of the 1st cycle (3 years – equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree), our School issues an official certificate guaranteeing 180 ECTS credits, which can be transferred for pursuance in France or abroad.
–> At the end of our 5-year curriculum, a Degree in Interior Architecture and Object Design is delivered on behalf of the State and awarded with 300 ECTS credits. This diploma is officially recognised by our Ministry of Education and of Higher Education and Research.
90% of our alumni find work within 6 months following their graduation, in the fields for which they were trained. Professional integration rests upon a broad network of ‘Camondians’ (nearly 1800 alumni), who are an active community in terms of recruitment both for internships and the labour market.
Our position is unique in Europe: our School is one of the constituents of the cultural institution that Les Arts Décoratifs encapsulates. Our students enjoy a privileged access to the Museum’s collections, its library, its cultural events – exhibitions and conferences – all of which contribute to enriching their educational culture.
Collaborative teaching is the beacon of our educational method. As early as year 1 and until year 5, a fair balance is established between pure research, master-classes, project tuitions, individual or group workshops and elective courses, thus training open minds ready to join the workforce and quickly adapt. Our cross-disciplinary approach develops our students’ creative skills in their approach of the various projects.
Longstanding partners of our School’s history, industrialists, manufacturers, design brands and public authorities have been helping us improve our training skills by suggesting projects deeply rooted in the professional realms of interior architecture and object design. This collaboration, with acknowledged practitioners, leads to juries composed of both teachers and professionals.
As a human-sized school (400 students), nearly 65 graduates are fanned out each year into the professional activity corresponding to their training. Our School organises most of its courses, depending on certain specificities, around groups of 12 to 30 students.
Our school supports its student mobility thanks to English courses centred on a professional perspective – we validate a mandatory B2 minimal level (European standards – CEFR) – and through foreign exchange programmes (Université de Montréal, University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires, the Institut Supérieur des Arts in Brussels, The Glasgow School of Arts, the Politecnico di Milano…). Since 2016, our School has been concurring with Cumulus, the international network of applied arts schools, and to Campus France, a programme promoting French Art Schools abroad.
Our School offers a privileged access to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, a model workshop, a library featuring almost 14.000 references, digital data for easier access even from home, an exhibition hall in Paris, a yearly programme of conferences, a research seminar in interior architecture and full access to the IT stock.
Our ‟Equal Opportunities” programme aims at promoting social, cultural and geographical diversity, which leads to more wealth. Created in 2008, our programme has recently been improved so that low-income family students can see their tuition fees financed 25%, 50% and even 100%, all throughout their education at Camondo. Our next ambition is to welcome in 10% of French and international students free of charge.
Unveiled in September 2016, our School is now proud to present a brand new space: ‘the Gallery’ (or ‘Bridge’), a platform designed to be a hub of exchanges of views and reflections, open to all (students, tutors, alumni, practitioners). It also offers an extension for exhibitions and seminars such as our now renowned ‟Ambiance pour Habiter” cycle of conferences.
6-month internships at home or abroad in design, architecture and interior architecture firms… are carefully tutored and assessed, and officially part of our School’s curriculum from year 3 to year 5.