The École Boulle was founded in 1886 and is named after the cabinetmaker André-Charles Boulle, who is generally considered to be the preeminent artist in the field of marquetry or inlay during the reign of Louis XIV (1643-1715), the Sun King. André-Charles Boulle's art is today known as "Boulle Work". The school trains students from the Applied Arts « Baccalauréat » (French national secondary-school diploma required to pursue university studies for 18-year-old students) to the « DSAA » (4-year degree in applied arts after the « Baccalauréat », equivalent to a master's degree). There are three different DSAA (« Diplôme Supérieur d'Arts Appliqués »), relating to three different departments: Spatial Design, Communication Design and Product Design.
The « École Boulle » has trained students in two main fields, which correspond to two main departments:
- « artistic crafts », including chairmaking, marquetry, cabinetmaking, tapestry, engraving, sculpture in wood, wood turning, bronze sculpture, jewellery;
- « applied arts » including spatial design and interior architecture, industrial design, furniture design, visual expression and communication, with additional education in computer software, applied philosophy, semiotics, history of art etc.
- "Décret n° 2011-995 du 23 août 2011 relatif au diplôme supérieur d'arts appliqués" [Decree n° 2011-995 of august the 23rd 2011 about the diplôme supérieur d'arts appliqués] (in French). Retrieved 28 January 2017.
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