Programme in INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
Module 1 : 3 years – 180 ECTS
Module 2 : 2 years – 120 ECTS
Total : 5 years – 300 ECTS
The trades of interior architect and designer have evolved a lot in recent years. These professionals must be able to arrange public, commercial or private spaces, draw furniture, accessories, imagine exhibitions, design cultural events …
On the other hand, a complementarity between architects and interior architects has developed over time. Indeed, the increasing technical, technological and regulatory constraints are increasingly monopolising architects. As a result, some parts of their former missions are now carried out by interior architects. These two professionals can realise projects individually but one also notes that they collaborate more and more, are on an equal footing because they have, today, the same level of studies, that is 5 years.
In addition to his qualities as an observer, his ability to find information and his spirit of synthesis, the interior architect & designer must first be a creative. He must also direct the different trades, subcontractors or manufacturers, control prices, deadlines and the proper execution of the work. Creativity and rigor are the keys to future success!
The CAD teaches students to address all aspects of the profession. This richness and this relationship with the reality of the job allow our students to easily find very good internships during their studies and ensures a professional appointment soon after graduation.
CLASSES IN INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
1st Year or (integrated) Preparatory Year
- Spatial Creation
- History of Art
- Graphic Design
2nd & 3rd Years
- Interior Architecture
- Digital Architecture
- Organic Architecture
- History of Architecture, furniture & design
- Building Technology
- C.A.D. (computer aided design): Autocad, Sketch up, Rhino, Revit…
- C.A.M. (computer aided manufacturing (3D Printing))
4th & 5th Years
During this 2nd CYCLE, the student must complete 3 internships of 3 months including at least one abroad (ie outside of Belgium and his country of origin). In addition, he has the chance to study for one semester (4 1/2 months) in one of the 3 studios hosted in prestigious universities in São Paulo (Brazil), Shanghai (China) or Pune (India).
During these two years, the student will work on more transversal and cross-cultural themes, in line with the IMW (International Multidisciplinary Workshops) already organised in the 2nd and 3rd years at the CAD.
During his semester abroad in the 4th year, the student defines himself his thesis and end of studies project subject, supervised by the CAD and Nantes teachers.
For his 5th year, the student returns to Brussels and follows 4 months of course to complete his end of studies project that he presents to a jury of professionals. During this same period, he follows 160 hours of business management courses including courses in accounting, taxation, entrepreneurship, law, professional ethics …
He then conducts 2 internships of 3 months in (interior) architecture, design or scenography studios.
He ends up presenting his complete course at a final jury made up of professionals qualified to award him the diplomas of the CAD and the Nantes School of Design.
INTERNSHIPS IN INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
- Two 1-week internships during the Easter period: 1 in a structural company and 1 in a carpentry company.
- 1 week in a carpentry workshop where the student makes his own object during the Easter period.
- 1 week at a general contractor during the Easter period.
- 4 weeks in an (interior) architecture or design office during the summer holidays.
- 3 weeks in an (interior) architecture or design office during the Easter period.
- 10 weeks in an (interior) architecture or design office between July and the end of October.
- Two 3-month internships in an (interior) architecture or design office between February and the end of September.
All internships must be submitted to the pedagogical committee for approval. The goal is indeed to develop, together with the student, a mix of internships as to achieve a complete training while taking the student’s future aspirations into account.