INSA Strasbourg is accredited by the Ministry of Culture and Communication for its diploma in architecture.
The course lasts 5 years and admission is at baccalaureate + 1 year level, via a national competitive entrance exam based on the syllabus of the first year of the preparatory classes for the “Grandes Écoles”.
Architects need to acquire skills in a particularly wide number of areas. When working on the design of a building or space in a city, the architect needs to be able to draw upon knowledge not only in the technical field but also in the arts, philosophy and the social sciences.
Architect and engineer
INSA Strasbourg is the only school in France to train both architects and engineers. To reinforce this proximity between the two specialties, a common training programme is followed during the first three years by architects and engineers on the dual course.
Students thus acquire a technical culture and earn, as well as their architect’s diploma, a bachelor’s in architecture and engineering (a diploma awarded by the establishment at bachelor’s degree level).
Students who wish to can complete the dual diploma in architecture and engineering in 7 years.
Architecture studies in France
In France architecture is taught in 21 public institutions, one of which is INSA Strasbourg.
Architecture studies are organized according to a European framework and follow the bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate pattern.
The first two cycles lead to a State diploma in architecture, equivalent to a master’s degree, after 5 years’ study. The doctorate cycle leads to a PhD in architecture, after 8 years’ study.
The master’s can be vocational or research-oriented. Each School decides on its own educational orientations.
To become a qualified project manager (HMONP accreditation), the holder of a State diploma in architecture must have practised for at least 6 months and have successfully completed a certain number of vocational modules
INSA Strasbourg’s cooperation with French University in Egypt in Cairo
A diploma in architecture modeled on the INSA Strasbourg diploma has been launched at the French University in Egypt (UFE) in Cairo. The two institutions have signed a cooperation agreement.
Admission is by the same competitive process as for INSA Strasbourg. Each year group consists of about ten students. The Egyptian students come over to the school for the charrettes in September and the beginning of classes in October before returning to Cairo to continue their course at the UFE.
The five-year course, including a foundation year preparing for the competitive admission process, is established by INSA de Strasbourg and the UFE, under the aegis of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Universities. The aim is to arrive at a double degree, the INSA Strasbourg in Cairo diploma in architecture and the Egyptian Baccalaureos in architecture.
Louis Piccon, head of the architecture department
Christelle Gress, head of the specialization
Nathalie Koenig, secretary