PRESENTATION

The CAD offers two 2-year POSTGRADUATE programmes in the INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN and the DIGITAL DESIGN & ART DIRECTION sections in partnership with the École de Design de Nantes.

These postgraduate programmes award students a Master’s degree (approved by the French state) from the École de Design de Nantes, as well as the CAD diploma. This study cycle allows students to prepare for their professional integration through internships and management courses, in addition to design courses and a study period abroad.

During this 2nd cycle, students must complete three 3-month internships, at least one of which must be abroad (outside of Belgium and outside of their country of origin).

Students have the possibility of studying for a semester (4 to 4 1/2 months) in one of the 4 studios organised by the École de Design de Nantes and hosted in prestigious universities in Sao Paulo (Brazil), Shanghai (China), Pune (India) or directly in Nantes (France).

In fact, we find that our students do their internships abroad and then move to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Berlin, Rio de Janeiro, Stockholm, Shanghai, Barcelona, New York, Montreal, London, Milan, Sydney… in order to start their professional careers.

During these two years, students will work on more transversal and transcultural themes, in line with the IMW (International Multidisciplinary Workshops) already organised in the 2nd and 3rd years at the CAD.

Finally, students will present their entire course to a final jury of professionals who are authorised to award the CAD and École de Design de Nantes diplomas. The latter diploma has the ‘Grade de Master’ approved by the State.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES

The CAD is an international institution. The classes are taught in English allowing our students to obtain internships abroad, take part in international workshops and get acquainted with foreign cultures through cultural visits and trips organized each year.

All those international experiences give the opportunity to our students to pursue international careers all over the word (USA, Brazil, Australia, Thailand, China…. and all the European countries).

MAIN CLASSES

  • Interior architecture
  • Product Design
  • Scenography
  • A.O. (computer-aided design): Rhino, Revit …
  • Digital architecture
  • Innovation

YEARLY SCHEDULE

The 2 years are divided in 4 semesters of 5 months each:

  • Year 1 – S1: October – November – December -January- February
  • Year 1 – S2: February – March – April- May – June
  • Year 2 – S3: October – November – December -January- February
  • Year 2 – S4: February – March – April- May – June

Year 1

  • 10-week internship in an agency between July and the end of October (before the start of the academic year)
  • Start of Academic Year: the last Monday of October
  • First semester is animated by a transversal project in Brussels
  • Second semester is spent in one of the 3 “studios” hosted in prestigious universities in São Paulo (Brazil), Shanghai (China) or Pune (India)

Year 2

  • 6-week internship in a specialised interior architecture office during the summer holidays
  • Start of Academic Year: the first Monday of October
  • First semester is driven by a graduation project and 160 hours of business management courses including classes in accounting, taxation, entrepreneurship, law, and professional ethics
  • Second semester is spent doing two 3-month internships, including at least one abroad (ie outside of Belgium and outside of the student’s country of origin)

HOW CAN I APPLY TO THE CAD?

TUITION :

The tuition fees for the Undergraduates B1/B2/B3 programs and the double degrees M1/M2 are:

EU Students :

The tuition fees are 9,000 EUR per year (8,700 EUR + 300 EUR registration fee*) :

  • 300 EUR + 2,900 EUR i.e. 3,200 EUR (1st third of costs) payable upon registration
  • 2,900 EUR (2nd third of costs) paid by June 30th
  • 2,900 EUR (Final third of costs) paid by September 15th

Non EU Students :

The tuition fees are 10,300 EUR per year (10,000 EUR + 300 EUR registration fee*)

  • 300 EUR + 3,400 EUR i.e. 3,700 EUR payable upon registration
  • 3.150 EUR (2nd third of costs) paid by June 30th
  • 3,150 EUR (Final third of costs) paid by September 15th

For international transfers, bank fees are payable by the sender.

A staggered payment plan is possible for some residents (upon acceptance and subject to a surcharge of 300 EUR).

Tuition fees do not include cultural visits and study trips.

*Registration fee: this amount covers general administrative costs as well as individual insurance (taken out by the CAD) in case of any accident on the school premises.

Bank details of the CAD
– CDP-CAD ASBL – BNP Paribas Fortis : IBAN BE70 0019 6550 3825 – BIC GEBABEBB

Remarks
– The CAD does not accept bank cheques. Tuition fees must be paid into one of the school’s bank accounts. For international transfers, bank charges are at the expense of the originator.
– Tuition fees remain as announced at the time of registration for the entire programme (except for students repeating the first year, if the price increases) unless inflation exceeds 5% per year, in which case the fees will be indexed.
– Since the number of students admitted each year is limited, the full tuition fee is due even in case of withdrawal or exclusion from the course.

Online registration

CERTIFICATES

In Belgium, private schools can’t deliver state diplomas.

The awarded degrees are certificates which correspond to a Bachelor’s degrees and are credited with 60 ECTS per year.

CAD graduates who choose the MDes receive a double certificate: one from the CAD and one from the Ecole de Design de Nantes (“Diplôme visé contrôlé par l’Etat”).