PRESENTATION

The professions of interior architect and designer have evolved considerably in recent years. These professionals must be able to arrange public, commercial or private spaces, design furniture, accessories, imagine exhibitions, conceive cultural events…

On the other hand, a complementarity between architects and interior designers has developed over time. Indeed, the growing technical, technological and regulatory constraints are increasingly occupying architects. As a result, parts of their former tasks are now entrusted to interior architects. They now have the same level of education (5 years) and work independently or in collaboration.

In addition to their observational skills, their ability to find information and their ability to synthesize, interior designers are first and foremost creative. Once the project has been designed, he or she must direct the various trades, subcontractors or manufacturers, and control prices, deadlines and the proper execution of the work. Creativity and rigour are the keys to future success!

The CAD teaches its students to tackle all aspects of the profession. This richness and this relationship with the realities of the profession allow our students to easily find very good internships during their studies and a rapid professional commitment once they graduate.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

The CAD is an international institution. Courses are taught in English, giving our students the opportunity to obtain internships abroad, to take part in international workshops and to become familiar with other cultures through visits and cultural trips organised each year.
In the framework of the double degree with the ECOLE de DESIGN de NANTES, this programme allows you to go abroad to France, India, Brazil or China for a semester of study in one of the destinations proposed by our partner.
These experiences allow our students to pursue international careers all over the world (USA, Brazil, Australia, Thailand, China… and in different European countries).

MAIN CLASSES

  • Interior architecture
  • Product and furniture Design
  • Scenography
  • C.A.O. (computer-aided design): Autocad, Sketch up, Rhino, Revit, Photoshop, Illustrator…
  • Organic architecture
  • Digital architecture
  • History of architecture, furniture and design
  • Photography – Audiovisual – Graphic design
  • Feng Shui – Colors
  • Multidisciplinary workshops

BEGINNING OF CLASSES

Classes begin late September. A Summer School is organized in September (3-week courses in both Drawing and English) for those whose levels in drawing and/or English need improvement. The decision to participate in these courses or not is made by the direction during the interview process.

YEARLY SCHEDULE

The 3 years are divided in 9 quarters of 3 months each:

  • Year 1 – Q1: October – November – December
  • Year 1 – Q2: January – February – March
  • Year 1 – Q3: April – May – June
  • Year 2 – Q4: October – November – December
  • Year 2 – Q5: January – February – March
  • Year 2 – Q6: April – May – June
  • Year 3 – Q7: October – November – December
  • Year 3 – Q8: January – February – March
  • Year 3 – Q9: April – May – June

Year 1

  • Summer school: 2nd, 3rd and 4th weeks of September,
  • Start of Academic Year: last Monday of September,
  • During the first quarter: every Friday, cultural visits in Belgium, France, Great Britain, Netherlands and Germany,
  • Two 1-week internships during the Easter break: one in a carpenter and one in a structural works company,
  • 1-week study trip during the Easter break: one year in USA (New-York or Chicago), one year in a European city like Berlin, Barcelona, Madrid…

Year 2

  • Start of Academic Year: last Monday of September,
  • One 2-week internship during the Easter break in a general contractor,
  • 1-week study trip during the Easter break: one year in a European city like Berlin, Barcelona, Madrid…, one year in USA (New-York or Chicago),
  • One international multidisciplinary workshop with guest students coming from the UK, France and/or Italy during the Q2.

Year 3

  • One 4-week professional internship in an (interior) architecture or design office,
  • Start of Academic Year: last Monday of September,
  • One 2-week multicultural and multidisciplinary workshop in Shanghai during the Easter break,
  • Two international multidisciplinary workshops with guest students coming from the UK, France and/or Italy.

TUITION FEES

The annual tuition fees are 8,400 EUR + 300 EUR registration fees* (total: 8,700 EUR) and are to be paid as follows:

  • 2,800 EUR + 300 EUR – ie 3,100 EUR (first instalment), at registration,
  • 2,800 EUR (second instalment) by June 30,
  • 2,800 EUR (third instalment) by September 15.

For international transfers, bank fees are at the charge of the payer.

Note however that there is a staggered payment possible for some residents (upon acceptance and subjects to a surcharge of 300 EUR).

Those tuition fees don’t involve the cultural visits and study trips.

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

Bank details of the CAD
– BNP Paribas Fortis : IBAN BE93 0017 2185 3767 – BIC GEBABEBB
– ING : IBAN BE07 3101 9407 5666 – BIC BBRUBEBB
– Belfius : IBAN BE85 0689 3121 7306 – BIC GKCCBEBB

Remarks
– The CAD does not accept checks. 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 program (except for repeaters in 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 is due even in case of withdrawal or exclusion from the course.

CERTIFICATES

In Belgium, private schools can’t deliver states diploma.

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

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