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PFE (End-of-course project) 

The PFE (End-of-course project) The End-of-course project (PFE) is placed in one Teaching Unit (TU) that is common to all 4 themes of the last semester of the 5th year.

The TU project 101 of the 2nd semester of the 5th year leading to “diplôme d'État” in architecture is made up of two elements:
PFE evaluation: 50% (12 credits), 
PFE viva: 50% (10 credits). 

1. PFE preparation :

The PFE consists of an architectural and/or urban project accompanied by a presentation report. It equates to approximately 200 hours of personal work during a semester and must be of a nature to demonstrate that the student has the capacity to master architectural design and to put in place the knowledge and working methods that he or she has gained during his or her training.

The PFE must equally show the student's aptitude for presenting the project in a time-frame which relates to professional reality. The PFE is an individual piece of work. The subject choice is free but it must fall within ENSA Brittany’s study themes. The student chooses his or her PFE director from amongst the TU teachers.

2. The panels :

Two pre-panels must be organized by the TU coordinators. They are responsible for validating PFE preparation. Dates will be given to the teaching department. A student will be able to keep up with his or her PFE even if the pre-panel has not validated the preparation of the PFE. As PFE preparation is an element of the U101 teaching unit, its evaluation is carried out in the form of marking out of 20 and not by means of an authorization to continue.

final panels
The composition of the final panels is suggested by the coordinators of each TU. The teaching department will take on responsibility for organizing them, whilst following the rule that two members of each panel must also be members of one or more other panels. The college’s teachers must set aside at least three days during this PFE period.

composition of panels
Each panel is made up of 6 members:
1 representative from the TU where the student’s project was prepared
the student’s PFE director
2 teachers from the college teaching in other TUs
1 teacher from outside the college
1 outside person

The panel can only meet if five members are present, of whom there must be the representative from the TU where the student’s project was prepared and the student’s PFE. The majority of members of each panel must be made up of architects, whether teaching or not. Amongst the panel members there must be at least one research teacher who holds an HDR.

The candidate can select a person of their choosing who, if approved by the panel, can participate in debates without voting rights.

3. The presentation :

conditions of the presentation:
20 minutes of presentation,
10 minutes of questions,
10 minutes of deliberation.
The panel does not tell the student his or her score at the end of the presentation.

documents requested of the students for this presentation
2 A0 plus a backup of their choice (model, digital model, video etc).
Work should also be put onto a CD.
a presentation summary of five pages maximum (five pages A4) of which three A4 pages of analysis and two A4 pages of proposals.

4. Session organization :

Before the presentation, all of the panels meet together (1/2 day) in order to establish common rules of evaluation. Each panel selects a chairperson who will act as reporter. The PFE director or the dissertation director (in the case of a dissertation seeking research credit pass) cannot be the panel’s chairperson. The panels will select a chairperson who will, in particular, be responsible for communicating the final presentation results to the students at the end of the session.

After the presentation, the panels get back together again (1/2 day) in order to harmonize the scores given to students. In the event of problems, students’ projects can be examined by members of other panels. The reporter of the panel concerned will explain the student’s project. This requires that the students’ drawings can be consulted and remain posted in the college. These vive are normally held over two days, but this can be more or less depending on the number of students having opted for a TU subject PFE.

5. Case of students seeking a research credit pass in the dissertation :

For these students, the dissertation is examined at the same time as the PFE. In this case, the panel is made up of the student’s dissertation director, at least 3 PhD holders and two holders of qualifications to direct research, or teachers of an equivalent rank. The panel gives an opinion based on the quality of the scientific work presented and the specifics of the student’s approach.