5 -Year Program in Interior Architecture & Product Design

Course 1 in Interior Architecture & Product Design : 3 years – 180 ECTS
Course 2 in Interior Architecture & Product Design : 2 years – 120 ECTS
Total : 5 years – 300 ECTS

The trades of interior architect and designer have evolved in recent years. Those professionals should be able to arrange public spaces, commercial or private, design furniture and objects, develop scenography projects, imagine exhibitions, etc.

Secondly, a complementary relationship between architects and interior designers has developed. Indeed, the technical stipulations and increasing regulations monopolize more architects. As a result, parts of their old missions are now carried out by the interior designers. Both professionals now have more responsibilities, are on equal footing, and require the same level of education, typically 5 years.

General Information

The CAD classes in Interior Architecture, Product Design and scenography as well as the workshops are led by architects, interior designers, set designers and other designers, who are all renown professionals in their specialty.

The goal of the CAD is to open the capacities of its students, so that they may address different types of projects similar to those they will encounter in their future careers: providing or transforming public spaces, commercial or private; drawing furniture, objects, lighting, etc; designing and implementing signature projects, communication architecture, scenography for imagined exhibitions, etc.; making theatrical scenery; other projects in organic, eco-friendly architecture.

Theoretical and technical concepts are acquired as these themes are explored.

The design of objects and furniture is particularly well-developed at the CAD. Indeed, students must imagine and produce up to 3 prototypes per year.

In addition to excellent observational qualities and the ability to find and analyze information, the INTERIOR DESIGNER must first be a creator. He should direct the various trades, subcontractors or manufacturers, in addition to control prices, deadlines and good workmanship.

Creativity and discipline are the keys to future success!

The CAD teaches its students to address all of these aspects of the profession. This richness and relationship with the reality of business enables our graduates to easily find, at the end of their studies, excellent internships, which usually lead to a professional engagement.

The Annick Buchet Award

The Annick Buchet Award is a design award that aims to encourage the promotion of outstanding projects of furniture or objects created by students in interior architecture & product design.

The Classes in the Interior Architecture & Product Design course

Preparatory Year (integrated)

– Drawing
– Painting
– Observational Drawing
– Study of forms
– Creation: Sources and Resources
– Photography
– Artistic Culture and History of Arts
– English
– Analysis and Synthesis
– Creative Techniques
– Graphic Design
– Digital Native
– IT (DTP)

2nd & 3rd years

– Interior Architecture
– Product Design
– Scenography
– Creation of Events (workshops)
– Building Technology
– Study of Materials
– Organic Architecture Project
– History of Architecture, Furniture and Design
– Architectural Drawing, Details and Color Rendering
– C.A.O. (Computer-aided Design)
– CAM (Computer-aided Manufacturing – 3D printing)
– Artistic Culture

– Various other courses: colors, feng-shui, passive/eco design, home automation, visualization outlets, etc.

1st year of specialisation (4th year)

– Interior Architecture
– Product Design
– Scenography
– Creation of Events (workshops)
– Building Equipment
– Study of Materials
– Organic Architecture Project
– History of Architecture, Furniture and Design
– Architectural Drawing, Details and Color Rendering
– C.A.O. (Computer-aided Design)
– CAM (Computer-aided Manufacturing – 3D printing)

2nd year of specialisation (5th year)

During this year, the student completes two 3-month internships in (interior) architecture, design or scenography offices.

Then, the student follows 4 months of courses to carry out two graduation’s projects: one in interior architecture and one in product design. He presents them to a jury of professionals authorized to issue the DAC diploma.

During the same period, he attends 160 hours of business management courses including accounting, tax, entrepreneurship, law, professional ethics …

Internships in Interior Architecture, Product Design & Scenography

1st year

– 2 Internships: 1 in a structural company and 1 in a carpentry business (1 week during the Easter period)

2nd year

– 2 weeks in general business (completed during the Easter period)

3rd year

– 4 weeks in a interior architecture design office, architecture office or design office during the summer holidays (this course counts for the 3rd year).

– 3 weeks in a interior architecture design office, architecture office or design office during the Easter period (which was not done in the 2nd year during the summer holidays).

4th year

– 10 weeks in interior architecture design office, architecture office and/or design office between July and October (this course counts as the 4th year of studies).

– 3 weeks in a interior architecture design office, architecture office or design office chosen by the student during the Easter period. This choice will depend on the direction he/she wants to take in his/her future career.

5th year

– 2 x 3 months in interior architecture design office, architecture office and/or design office beginning the month of July, after the end-of-4th year jury. At least one of the two internships must be abroad (outside Belgium and the student’s country of origin).