Interior Design Program (3-year degree)

Become a Interior Decorator-Consultant

Officially-approved and Accredited by the French State for Level III diplomas. Decree of 10 August 2012, as published in the “Journal Officiel” of 22 August 2012, Code NSF 230n

Whether it involves two- or three-dimensional spaces, museography or the promotion of a product or an event, the Decorator is a professional who possesses the required artistic, technical and creative knowledge leading to successful projects. The enormous variety of sectors and opportunities therein show that the profession of Decorator is multi-faceted and diversified. This opens up a huge field of experimentation and innovation which is its strength and identity.

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Interior design program

Starting in year one, students work on designing various interior decoration projects.

Three disciplines are studied: temporary space design, interior design, and event design. The aim is to get students to practice these various design approaches from the outset so that they are aware of different methodologies of spatial construction.

At the same time, students must quickly acquire various graphic techniques of spatial representation (conventional and digital) in order to be able to describe and develop the projects studied. They must also build the artistic and decorative culture (including via a foreign language) they will need to do further research in their projects.
The year is punctuated by two internships.

The first internship lasts for two weeks and takes place at a second-fix company to allow students to work with materials first-hand and gain insight into the realities of building sites.

The second internship lasts for four weeks and takes place at a company specialising in decoration.

The aim is provide students with the opportunity to see how companies operate (who does what, what needs to be done, customer relations) and take part in the company’s operations.

Year two is divided into three parts.

In semester one, students continue the work they began in their various subjects in year one, but with an emphasis on narrowing down their projects to a specific area. Some projects put students in contact with ESAIL’s partner companies. At one point in semester one, students go on a cultural trip supervised by their art history and artistic drawing instructors. The aim of this trip is to open students’ minds to other cultures and experiment with the assimilation of references.

The second part of year two consists of a six-week internship in temporary space design, interior design or event design. Students must choose one area based on the career they wish to pursue.

The third part of year two is devoted entirely to working on three assigned projects (interior design, temporary space design and event design) that students will present before three examination committees consisting of faculty members and business practitioners.

Year three is designed to prepare students to enter the business world.

It begins with an internship of at least three months at a project management agency specialised in one of the aforementioned disciplines. Students choose their internship based on their career interest. This allows them to gain the skills they will need in the future as well as apply them in their coursework. This internship is followed by an oral defence.

The second part of year three consists entirely of business modules where students explore subjects such as customer relations, job interviews and lighting techniques, as well as learn from business professionals. At the same time, students define their independent degree project and submit it for committee approval.

The third part of year three consists entirely of technical and cultural courses that provide students with the necessary additional skills to enter the business world. During this time, students also work on their independent degree projects. They will present their personal projects before an examination committee composed entirely of business practitioners. They will be required to demonstrate that they control every aspect of an interior design project:

  • intellectual analysis (students must demonstrate in their paper that they can explain information in an organised and detailed manner)
  • creativity (original design)
  • project development skills (set of drawings making up a spatial design)
  • technical skills (presence of details on how to transform a design into reality)
  • communication skills (ability to present a project orally and graphically)


Le métier

de décorateur d'intérieur

In the building industry, Architects, Interior Architects and Interior Decorators work together at all stages of construction, restoration or rehabilitation projects. However, the Decorator may not necessarily be linked to these professionals because he/she can work independently on decorating a flat, a private residence, professional and/or public places. Thus, the Decorator has a complementary and acknowledged position among the finishing work trades.

He/She is also a scenographer, a designer of trade fair booths or pop-up installations. This gives him/her an integral place in the advertising, publicity, marketing and communication world. The basic principles of this trade lie in the choice of decorative or functional elements, appropriate lighting and atmosphere so that the entirety is pleasant, homogenous and balanced.

Program details

  • DES L102: Artistic drawing
  • GRA L 102: Graphic design
  • PER L 102: Freehand perspective drawing
  • COU L 102: Colour and space
  • HAR L 102: Art history
  • LNG L 102: English
  • DEC L 102: Interior design projects
  • EPH L 102: Temporary space projects
  • SCE L 102: Event design projects
  • TEC L 102: Materials technology
  • CAO L 102: CADD
  • TPL L 102: Plan techniques
  • DES L202: Artistic drawing
  • GRA L 202: Graphic design
  • COU L 202: Colour and space
  • HAR L 202: Art history
  • LNG L 202: English
  • DEC L 202: Interior design projects
  • EPH L 202: Temporary space projects
  • SCE L 202: Event design projects
  • TEC L 202: Materials technology
  • CAO L 202: CADD
  • TPR L 202: Observation internship at a building company
  • TPR L 203: Internship at a project management agency
  • DES L302: Artistic drawing
  • GRA L 302: Graphic design
  • FAU L 302: Imitation materials
  • HAR L 302: Art history
  • LNG L 302: English
  • CRE L 302: Creativity
  • DEC L 302: Interior design projects
  • EPH L 302: Temporary space projects
  • SCE L 302: Event design projects
  • TEC L 302: Materials technology
  • CAO L 302: CADD

(Note) Study trip during the semester

  • DES L402: Artistic drawing
  • GRA L 402: Graphic design
  • FAU L 402: Imitation materials
  • MET L 402: Research methodology
  • CUL L 402: Culture/English
  • DEC L 402: Interior design projects
  • EPH L 402: Temporary space projects
  • SCE L 402: Event design projects
  • DEC L 403: Interior design assigned project
  • EPH L 403: Temporary space assigned project
  • SCE L 403: Event design assigned project
  • TPR L 402: Internship at a project management agency
  • CAO L 402: CADD
  • TPR L 502: Extended internship at a project management agency
  • TEX L 502: Textiles
  • MUS L 502: Exhibition arrangement/Feng Shui
  • NOR L 502: Building codes
  • CLI L 502: Customer relations
  • ECL L 502: Interior lighting
  • DRT L 602: Law
  • GES L 602: Management
  • HDD L 602: History of design
  • CRE L 602: Creativity
  • LNG L 602: English
  • TEC L 602: Building technology
  • CAO L 602: CADD
  • PRO L 602: Independent degree project

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