L3 Space design
The purpose of the L3 in DSAA / Space Design is to prepare students to the job of project manager in the various fields of space design.
Space designers work on a broad spectrum of architecture, urban and spatial design. They conceive settings, stands, as well as commercial and interior spaces. Students are also encouraged and given the opportunity to explore other related disciplines, such as collaborative engineering and technological practices.
The course is based on a cross-disciplinary approach to space design – in accordance with the professional situations students will encounter – and the projects are envisaged from a financial, technological and practical perspective.
Students collaborate in a range of working configurations, on a great variety of projects. They work with designers from the other specialities taught at la Martinière, as well as with engineers, marketers and academics, in a perspective of practical and intellectual mobility, which corresponds to the needs of today’s professional world. The courses are organised into 3 fields, and each field is essential to the development of creative and educated designers-to-be: research and creation in design, research and creation in visual arts and culture and general knowledge.
The L3 course in DSAA Space Design at la Martinière Diderot is organised according to the 2-semester system.
In the first semester, students gain a background technological and methodological knowledge, supported by various disciplinary or cross-disciplinary projects, e.g., setting up a virtual cross-disciplinary design agency, or a disciplinary sequence based on project management, to experiment an operational approach.
They manage collaborative projects with students from other academic backgrounds (engineering, design, economics, marketing, …). They also learn how to respond to a call to tender, to handle meetings with contractors and to set up a virtual agency.
Along with these projects, students are given the opportunity to update their technical and technological skills, and they use tools such as 3-D softwares, Arduino and Processing, photographic process, studio and video editing.
In the second semester, students apply these skills and tools to specific, practical projects with identified partners.
The whole year in L3 is concerned with vocational guidance, and students are encouraged to find their place in a contemporary context, to be forward-looking, to show initiative and find innovative solutions using new technologies, so as to shape tomorrow’s spaces.
M1 Space design
The purpose of the M1 in DSAA / Space Design is to prepare students to the job of project manager in the various fields of space design. It also develops the students’ professional field towards related disciplines, such as collaborative engineering or technological practices.
The M1 course in DSAA Space Design at la Martinière Diderot revolves mainly around each student’s individual design research project, articulated with a professional research paper on the same topic. Project and research are presented to various juries, notably the project jury, composed of teachers, academics and professionals, who assesses the final proposition.
In the first semester, in M1, the students are concerned with the theoretical approach to the subject they have chosen, as they write their research paper, as well as with the practical exploration of their area of research, using innovative methodology. In that semester, students have to form their project team, by building the appropriate collaborative network.
In the second semester, in M1, students develop and create their projects, while they work on the corresponding technical skills.