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 in the century of Louis XIV. 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.
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