A new diploma for landscape architects in France in 2015
Diplôme d’Etat de paysagiste / DEP
2014, the French government voted a legislative decree regarding the diplomas
in landscape architecture in France. The old diploma “Paysagiste DPLG” (Paysagiste
Diplômé par le gouvernement / Government certified Landscape Architect) has
been replaced by the new “Diplôme d’Etat de Paysagiste” (literally: State
certified Landscape Architect).
has been signed under the authority of the Ministry of Agriculture, which
supervises the Versailles National School of Landscape Architecture, in
accordance with the Ministry of Culture, supervising the Schools of landscape
architecture of Lille and Bordeaux, and the Ministry of Higher Education and
Research, which supervises the School of Blois. This new diploma is for these
four schools, while the fifth French school of landscape architecture in Angers,
supervised by the Ministry of Agriculture, keeps its Master of Engineering in Landscape
Architecture. The new diploma will be equivalent to a Master at the European
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In April 2015,
the admission examinations for the new diploma will be held at the Schools of
landscape architecture in Versailles/Marseille, Lille, Bordeaux and Blois.
The four schools
participating to the new diploma will offer a bridging course / preparation of
two years after the baccalauréat / A level. At this point, every student will
have to pass the admission examination in order to proceed to the next three
years leading to the diploma. In essence, the diploma will be delivered after 5
years of studying landscape architecture, two years of bridging course and three
years of diploma, with the following points to take into account:
· The admission tests are national and
for all students wanting to study for the three years diploma; this means some
French students can change school on an internal basis (for example, having
studied at Bordeaux for the two first bridging course years and change to Versailles
to obtain their diploma, but this option will be limited in numbers);
· some International students will be
able to pass the admissions tests providing they have the requisite European
credits (equivalent to the two years bridging course) and a degree (for example
a Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline); and
· some French students will be able to
pass the admission tests on an external basis (for example, students who have
got a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts or another related discipline, equivalent to
the two years bridging course).
still be offering an additional year, called post-DEP, effectively its former 6th
year, to ensure its students do not fail to achieve the quality of the old
system, if they wish.
in French on the website of the School of Versailles :
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