BECAUSE WE BELIEVE
THE VARIOUS APPROACHES
TO DESIGN RESEARCH
A COMMON PATH,
TO LET INNOVATION
TO GET AN OUTLOOK
ON THE FUTURE,
TO GET IDEAS
WE WOULD NEVER
HAVE HAD ALONE.
TO GET SOMEWHERE NEW,
ALL OF US.
TO GET THERE,
Cumulus – A Network of Excellence and Innovation Cumulus – Creative Linking
Cumulus is the only global association to serve education and research in its disciplines. It is a forum for partnership, friendship and transfer of knowledge and best practices. Cumulus provides its members and partners a wide, flexible, dynamic and diversified friendly forum of exchange, cooperation and innovation. Cumulus promotes and empowers the talent of the next generation of creative and responsible people.
Cumulus builds and maintains a dynamic forum bringing together top-level educational institutions from all parts of the world. The cultural diversity of a variety of nations is a source for synergy and excellence. Cumulus was founded in 1990 consisting currently of 257 members from 55 countries and being able to reach a minimum of 755.000 students and thousands of academics, staff and other audience. Cumulus is endorsed by UNESCO.
Created in 2016, the Conférence des Écoles supérieures d’Arts appliqués de Paris – CÉSAAP (Conference of Graduate Schools of Applied Arts of Paris) forms a collaborative network of the four public Graduate Schools of Applied Arts of Paris (Boulle, Duperré, Estienne and ENSAAMA), which enables the exchange of ideas and of instructional experimentation, the provision of an experimental Master’s Degree in Design, the opening of lines of research and the heightened visibility of training programmes in applied arts and the art professions in Paris, France and internationally.
CÉSAAP’s ambition is to become an international reference in the field of training in the design professions. It helps to reinforce and increase recognition for the role of Graduate Schools in the field of research and creation, and proposes joint working methods that are conducive to the initiation of new approaches to design.
It enables the implementation of a site policy at a Parisian level that fosters high-performance multi- and interdisciplinary organisation, that pools means and networks and intersects methods, questions, fields of practice and partnerships.
The history of these four schools, some of which were developed in the 19th century, is inextricably linked to the history of the city of Paris, of decorative Arts, of the expansion of arts and crafts, conservatories and museums. The Schools experienced the emergence of teaching in design in a particular atmosphere where the influences of the art professions were decisive. Training in design in these schools is built on this training that it transcends: the tradition of production, of the delicate work of gesture, of material and technique, whether in the fields of fashion, objects or publishing.
Established in 1886, École Boulle Graduate School is one of the major references for the teaching of art, applied arts, design and the art professions in France.
This school, in Rue de Reuilly, was created at the initiative of the city of Paris, not far from Faubourg Saint-Antoine which was the historic centre of furniture-making professions in Paris. Its initial vocation was to train furniture professionals (cabinetmakers, chair makers, upholsterers, wood sculptors). A while later, it would be reinforced by complementary trades such as chisellers, bronzesmiths and steel engravers.
Over time, in addition to the 13 workshops of the art professions (cabinetmaking, jewellery making, chair making, sculpture, etc.), recognised diplomas in architecture, products and objects were developed.
Mindful of quality and rigour, this school opens new avenues in innovation and experimentation while at the same time preserving the invaluable heritage of art professions and creative work.
École Duperré, situated in the heart of the Marais, the emblematic district of Fashion and Textile in Paris, is, through its history, linked to the women’s emancipation movement. Elisa Lemonnier, revolted by the status of female workers, opened a sewing workshop and then in 1856 created the society for the vocational education of women which then become École Duperré. From its foundation, artistic and technical training programmes were immediately at the heart of learning and have remained so.
The school welcomes 500 students each year, whom it trains in the professions of creation, fashion, textile, space and graphic design, as well as in professions related to textile art such as embroidery, weaving and tapestry, as well as ceramics.
Heritage and innovation, tradition and modernity blend and combine. Partnerships with businesses and institutions place students at the heart of the technological and professional evolutions of today’s world. Multidisciplinarity and teamwork, creative freedom and intellectual rigour fuel research to serve a creative approach founded in contemporary culture.
The École Supérieure des Arts et Industries Graphiques – ESAIG (Graduate School of Arts and Graphic Industries), better known under the name of École Estienne, from the name of Robert Estienne (Robert Stephens in English), founder of the famous lineage of 16th century printers, was created in 1887 by the City of Paris, mindful of preserving the artistic tradition of bookmakers.
Since its first graduate year in 1889, École Estienne has seen renowned artists on its benches, including the illustrator Lucien Fontanarosa, the photographer Robert Doisneau, the cartoonists Cabu and Siné, and the type designer Albert Boton.
This public and free Graduate School, on the strength of over 115 teachers and 600 students, has managed to adapt its training courses by combining digital tools with traditional ones. It has developed numerous partnerships with major French cultural institutions and universities and today collaborates with researchers from all fields of science and design.
Fully aware that the intermingling of cultures is a source of wealth, it also welcomes foreign students and promotes the inclusion of students from modest backgrounds.
ENSAAMA (National Graduate School of Applied Arts and the Art Professions) educates designers-creators-developers with a high reputation in all the fields of design and certain art professions. Its cross-cutting training combines applied arts with the demands of business to propose a resolutely innovative approach to our daily lives and to tomorrow’s world, both in France and abroad.
Originally known for industrial design, the training fields of the school have evolved over the years. Firmly focused on the company and on vocational integration, ENSAAMA knows how to adapt to evolutions in trades and to innovative technologies. It is also recognised for its forward-looking pedagogical approach.
Internship mobility for students is greatly encouraged and supported within the training courses. The business world and professionals are ENSAAMA’s privileged partners. As co-trainers, they supervise numerous collaborative workshops.
The students, as citizens of the world and actors in its evolution, are particularly sensitive to the concept of responsible design and their projects systematically bear witness to this.
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