Schools, studies and degrees in Architecture

You want to study architecture in France

There are nearly 30,000 architects in France.
The country’s Écoles Nationales Supérieures d’Architecture (ENSA) together enroll approximately 19,000 students, 12% of whom are from outside France. The share of women in ENSA enrollments continues to grow, standing presently at 57%. About 85% of graduates find employment in the field. Postsecondary studies in architecture cover the range of disciplines necessary for the carrying out of architectural projects in cities as well as landscapes.

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Higher schools of architecture

20 Écoles Nationales Supérieures d’Architecture (ENSA) , public schools under the ministry of Culture provide national degrees.

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Two other institutions confer diplomas that are recognized as equivalent to the national diplomas awarded by the ENSAs :
• The Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) de Strasbourg, public school
• The École Spéciale d’Architecture (ESA), private school

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Source : Ministry of Culture

Architecture school admissions

After a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, an architecture admission school is open to all profiles and is performed by a specific procedure to each school or with CampusArt online application.

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Degree in Architecture

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A degree ladder consistent with the LMD system

Architecture studies are organized into 3 stages harmonized with the European LMD system, thus facilitating transfers, exchanges, mobility, and international partnerships.

The architectural project is at the education center. The disciplines covered in the lectures and supervised workshops are:
• Architectural design: structural design, envelopes, architectural details, the project economy, rehabilitation;
• Urban Project: landscape approach, environmental and territorial;
• History and Theory of Architecture and the City;
• Representation of architecture models, computer science;
• Science and technology for architecture: mathematics, geometry, knowledge of materials and structures, control techniques atmospheres;
• Artistic expression and art history;
• Humanities and Social Sciences;
• Theories of Urban Planning and Landscape;
• Foreign languages.

Emphasis is also placed on sustainable development, taking into account major risks, rehabilitation and interventions on existing buildings.

Degrees in landscape architecture

 

Three schools, including the competition is common, prepare in 4years  at the Diplôme de paysagiste DPLG. This contest open to graduates of L2 training is included in the repertoire of the National Commission for Professional Certification (CNCP) – www.cncp.gouv.fr. The competition includes two rounds of eligibility: general knowledge about the landscape and written plastic from a website and an oral admission test descriptions.

The paysagiste DPLG project applies the theory to the field of landscape. This concept of “landscape” refers more broadly than design “parks and gardens.” The landscape designs projects and monitors performance in spatial contexts, cultural and social scales. It is involved in project development on public and urban space, the contemporary and historical gardens, areas dedicated to traffic, networks related to energy, dormant sites, attractions, heritage sites and protected. Knowledge affect the properties of plants, construction techniques, materials, viewing perspective, topography.

The National Graduate Landscape award confers the rank of master. The landscape DPLG degree is awarded after a further year.

  • Bordeaux : École Nationale Supérieure d’architecture et de paysage
  • Versailles : École Nationale Supérieure du Paysage
  • Lille : École Nationale Supérieure d’architecture et de paysage

L2 Level - 2-year postsecondary study

L2 Level - 2-year postsecondary study

Brevet de Technicien Supérieur (BTS) en Arts Appliqués: in 2 years dans 15 specialities.

Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie (DUT): in 2 years, Génie civil – construction durable speciality.

L3 Level - 3-year postsecondary study

L3 Level - 3-year postsecondary study

Licence: in 3 years, 180 ECTS, conception en architecture métallique speciality.

Diplôme d’Études en Architecture (DEEA): in 3 years, licence – (bachelor) level degree

 

M2 Level - 5-year postsecondary study

M2 Level - 5-year postsecondary study

Master: in 2 years, 120 ECTS. 2 specialities, several mentions.

Diplôme d’État d’Architecte (DEA): in 2 years, 120 ECTS, grade de Master, several specialities.

Dual degree in architecture and engineering: proposed in 7 ENSA, obtaining the DEA and Titre d’ingénieur.

 

post-M Level - 6-year postsecondary study

post-M Level - 6-year postsecondary study

Habilitation à la Maîtrise d’Œuvre en son Nom Propre (HMONP): for filing a building permit in France.
Diplôme national de Spécialisation et d’Approfondissement en Architecture (DSA): in 1 or 2 years, several specialities.
Diplôme Propre aux Écoles d’Architecture (DPEA): in 1 or 2 years, several specialities.

 

PhD Level - 8-year postsecondary study

PhD Level - 8-year postsecondary study

PhD: 3 years (at leat) after research topic approval: thesis writing, seminars and training.