On September 14, 2020, at the École nationale supérieure de paysage in Versailles, the very first year of the APA program will be launched. Jointly held by the École nationale supérieure d’arts Paris-Cergy, the École nationale supérieure de paysage and the École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Versailles, this first year of joint studies in “art, landscape, architecture” offers students a cross-disciplinary and multidisciplinary curriculum. It opens towards the respective diplomas of the schools involved: the National Diploma of Art and the Higher National Diploma of Plastic Expression (DNA and DNSEP), the State Diploma of Landscape Designers and the State Diploma of Architects.
This year of training (level L1) allows students to mature their career path and develop a personal practice. A large place is given to active pedagogy: the training combines theoretical contributions and situation settings, while encouraging learning by project workshops. The students thus gain in autonomy, develop their practice, become actors and authors of their projects.
While the “Arts, Landscape, Architecture” program takes place on the historic site of the École nationale supérieure de paysage, le Potager du Roi, in Versailles, the timetable also includes field trips and off-site courses. The essence of APA is to provoke and invent pedagogical situations where art, landscape and architecture are in synergy, not to assign these situations to one of these fields but to create moments of confluence where they can unfold.
This training program has obtained the support of CY Cergy Paris University, within the framework of new curricula and investment programs for the future (PIA3).