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Located in Lyon, ESAIL is a private school under the supervision of the french Ministry of Education and Research.Our programs are certified by the State (Ministry of Employment). The degree in Interior Architecture is recognized by the french board of Interior Architects. Our education is based on 4 major skills: artistic, technique, conception of space, cultural approach. The teaching is balanced between creativity and professional realities.
We organize international exchanges of students to study abroad. We have the CHARTER ERASMUS from the European Commission. We organize international workshops and we give lectures in our partner's school.
ESAIL cooperates with different institutions on a regular basis: Maison de l'Architecture Rhône Alpes (for exhibitions), Les Grands Ateliers (for Design production), Le Centre Culturel La Tourette (Publication on Le Corbusier), CCIL (for the event Lyon Shop Design),… Further more, ESAIL takes part in professional projects (AMPERE Museum, Private Companies,…) and National or Regional contests (Culture Acier, Fête des Lumières,…).
ESAIL cooperates also with the French Ministry of Culture concerning the profession of interior architect and the definition of education issues.
ESAIL is part of the board of the CFAI (Conseil Français des Architectes d'Intérieur)
Faculties and Departments
Bachelor Level Programs
Interior Decoration Duration of studies: 3 years
Master Level Programs
Interior Architecture Duration of studies: 5 years
Research Activity and Main Areas
Rethinking space: ESAIL LAB has chosen to investigate projects to renovate old buildings. These projects mainly develop thinking on interior architecture, a discipline which corresponds to our area of teaching . The use of empirical material as a point of departure has a dual objective: first, to focus on the discipline and its practical application and second, to contribute to more general thinking on possible theoretical tools in the area of architectural renovation.
Doctorate Level Programs
None in preparation
Subject Areas for Exchange Students
For Winter semester: 10th June
For Spring semester: 10th September
We have the possibility to give French lessons for foreign students.
Winter semester: 15th September / 20th December
Summer semester: 3th January / 20th May
Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)
For the erasmus students the registration is free.
For the accomodation in Lyon, it is about 400 / 500 € per month.