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The reform and implementation of studies :

At the instigation of the Pedagogy and Research Commission (CPR), a review was carried out in the college of the implementation of the Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD (LMD) reform.
The objectives of this reform undertaken in EU countries will allow:
better transparency of the courses,
greater student mobility thanks to the system of teaching module recognition,
recognition of higher level teaching of architecture in France,
support for the diversity of professional practices.

At the start of the 2004 / 2005 year, the first two levels of the LMD (Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD) reform were implemented. This review led to the following structure:
a first course of three years leading to a “diplôme d’études” in architecture, equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree.
a second course of two years leading to a “diplôme d’Etat” in architecture, equivalent to a Master’s degree.

At the start of the 2006/2007 year, a year-long course leading to qualification as an architect who can supervise a construction project in his or her own right (HMO) was put in place thanks to a six-month practical professional immersion in agencies and other architectural places and to 150 hours of theoretical classes given at the college.
This provides the college with the opportunity to establish good relations with professionals in the Brittany region and with the Regional Order of Architects in particular, with the joint project to develop a department to monitor the careers and professional integration of the young graduates.

The first course leading to a “diplôme d’études” in architecture :

This course is comprised of 24 teaching units (four teaching units per semester). Each semester includes a project teaching unit and three teaching units covering disciplines other than those of the architectural project. The teaching of the project itself is linked to the teaching of subjects such as geography, IT, design and landscape.
In the first year, a working and/or site-based placement must be carried out. This is aimed at providing a first contact with the world of construction.
In the 3rd year, a one-month placement known as « first practice » must also be carried out. This is aimed at providing the first contact with the professional world. These placements are assessed in the teaching units involving project teaching.
In the 3rd year, the student must present a study report in front of a panel. This report gives the student the chance to present an overall review of their course studies. In addition, the student must expand here on an area of knowledge which he or she has found to be of particular interest, either in the project, history, sociology, construction etc.

The first course is completed once the student has fulfilled all of the study requirements. This achievement allows progression to the “diplôme d’Etat d’architecte” equivalent to the Master’s degree course.

The second course leads to the “diplôme d’Etat d’architecte” equivalent to the Master’s degree :

The second course is structured in four themes: "The Design Process", "The region, landscape and sustainable architecture", "Architecture and Heritage", "Construction and engineering". It comprises 10 teaching units.
In the 1st semester of the 4th year, students can choose between four project-based teaching units and four seminar-based teaching units. They must all take a construction teaching unit.
In the 2nd semester of the 4th year, students can choose amongst four project-based teaching units. They must choose two seminar-based teaching units from the five available. They must all take a construction teaching unit.
In the 1st semester of the 2nd year, students will be able to choose between five project-based teaching units and four seminar-based teaching units.
At the end of this semester, they must submit a dissertation which could be achieved in either the project-based or seminar-based teaching units.
The 2nd semester is dedicated to preparation of the end of course project. Students will be supervised by groups of teachers. Supervision will be of a workshop type.

In the 5th year, the students must effect a placement aimed at preparing their professional future and at diversification. It lasts two months full-time or four months part-time. The placement can focus on any stage of the architectural process: study, project ownership, project management, carrying out work, management etc.
The placement can be carried out in the summer period at the end of master 1.

The End-of-Course Project (PFE) will be subjected to a viva at the end of the semester. For students hoping to gain a research credit pass, the dissertation will be subjected to a viva at the same time as the PFE. This research credit pass will allow students to move on to a doctorate.

Master in Client-Side Urban and Real Estate Project Management (MOUI): 

The second-year MOUI master course is part of the plan to create a centre of excellence in town planning and development in western France.
It trains professional urban planning project managers, doing away with the specialist compartmentalisation of the various urban players. It teaches the project as a whole, from conception to operational completion, calling on a wide range of social, technical, architectural, economic, legal and financial know-how.

Organisation and steering:

The master course director and the ENSAB [École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Bretagne] drew up a dual curriculum in 2009 enabling architecture students to obtain the master in client-side urban and real estate project management one year after being awarded their architect’s Diplôme d’Etat [equivalent to master’s degree].
Architecture students holding the Diplôme d’Études en Architecture [equivalent to bachelor’s degree] may join the MOUI master course on a three-year programme. The first year is given over to tuition in operational town planning, the second to the preparation of the thesis and the third to the core subjects and the transition to professional life.

The MOUI master course comprises 740 hours’ tuition. Architecture students are exempted from 310 hours’ tuition covering, among other topics, the sociology of the city, European architecture, urban morphology, urban policy, communication, graphics and mapmaking, as these subjects are assumed to have been covered by the course leading to the bachelor’s degree level diploma. They are exempted from attending a seminar in their training as architects.

In their first year of the master’s course, the architecture students are required to attend two semesters of urban design workshop with the MOUI master course students; this makes it possible to give the architects and future client-side project managers’ tuition in urban design. This triggers cross-fertilisation between the two approaches that rub shoulders throughout their professional careers.
They write a thesis in their second year, a feature common to both training programmes; the topic must, nevertheless, be related to client-side project management. The thesis must be defended at the university at the end of the academic year. They are supervised by a tutor, both at the ENSAB and at the university.
The third year, which is given over to the core subjects and the transition to professional life, features a six-month internship that also counts for the compulsory internship at the end of the architecture course. Interns are placed through the professional network (SCET, local authorities, public and private developers) and via the network of former students who took the same course. A dual tutoring system is set up within the company and at the university.
A field trip and a series of visits step up the focus on the ground maintained throughout the various workshop projects. Lectures and the involvement of outside speakers working at the “coalface” enable the students to acquire greater professional know-how throughout their training.

An agreement on the implementation of the MOUI master course sets out the procedures whereby the Rennes IEP [Institute of Political Studies], the Rennes1 and Rennes 2 universities and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Bretagne [ENSAB] began working together at the start of the 2009-2010 academic year and are continuing to do so over the subsequent two years (2010-2011, 2011-2012).
The students are registered at the ENSAB for the first two years and at Rennes 2 for the last year, so they do not have to pay two registration fees, although they are registered for administrative purposes at Rennes 2.
The timetables have been coordinated to make it easier to attend the courses at Rennes 2.