State Diploma of Architect

The second cycle of studies lasting two years* leads to the state diploma of architect conferring the degree of master (DEA). These two years allow students to acquire a mastery of the issues specific to architecture and to prepare for the different modes of practice and professional fields within a personalized course.

*except Franco-Chinese Dual Master’s degree Ensas/Shanghaï over three years.


At ENSAS, Master’s students compose their course of study including :

  • Theoretical and technical in-depth courses;
  • a personalized program (PPE);
  • a compulsory internship of at least two months;
  • an introduction to research (thematic seminars and dissertation);
  • mobility in an institution outside the European Union in the first year of the Master’s program;
  • the End of Study Project (EYP).

► 30 credits are awarded per semester. The cycle is validated by capitalization of all the teaching units (average 10) in a maximum of 3 years.


The first year of the cycle is organised in two semesters and six teaching units (three per semester) representing 759 supervised hours and 60 European credits. 

Semester 7
UEM 111 Projet 201 H - 17 ects
UEM 112 Initiation à la recherche par la recherche 1 96 H - 7 ects
UEM 113 Approfondissements théoriques et techniques 1 84 H - 6 ects

Semester 8
UEM 121 Projet 150 H - 14 ects
UEM 122 Initiation à la recherche par la recherche 2 96 H - 7 ects
UEM 123 Approfondissements théoriques et techniques 2 132 H - 9 ects


The second year of the cycle is organised in two semesters and four teaching units (two per semester) representing 441 supervised hours and 60 European credits. 

Semester 9
UEM 211 Projet 165 H - 16 ects
UEM 212 Initiation à la recherche par la recherche 3 108 H - 14 ects

Semester 10
UEM 221 Projet de fin d’études et soutenance 120 H - 19 ects
UEM 222 Ouvertures sur la recherche 48 H - 11 ects


The personalized course

This “free” Master’s degree is valued by 3 ECTS (subject to prior validation of the project). It can be used to follow a course outside ENSAS, to participate in a workshop, an event or a student competition, to take part in the Cordées de la Réussite program, or to carry out an activity related to “student commitment” (volunteer work, investment in associations, civic service, etc.).

The dissertation 

The dissertation is a personal work whose objective is to train in study and research. Its elaboration begins in the first semester of the fourth year of study: 156 hours of supervised teaching over three semesters are devoted to it.

Vertical project workshops 

In the first semester, first and second year Master students are brought together in the vertical project workshop of their choice. This verticalization is conducive to the transmission of knowledge and the enrichment of visions and cultures.


The ENSAS has joined forces with the School of Languages and Cultures, and the SPIRAL language center (University of Strasbourg), to deliver teaching specially calibrated for architectural practice. The objective set is the B2 level in Master.

The study report 

Carried out during the third year of the cycle, the study report is a personal written work (of synthesis and reflection) on the questionings carried out starting from work already carried out, teachings received and/or internships carried out. It is the subject of an oral presentation.


The EFP consists of an architectural or urban project accompanied by a presentation report. It demonstrates the student’s ability to master architectural design and to implement the knowledge and working methods he or she has acquired. At the ENSA in Strasbourg, the FEP is supported in two ways :

  • a defense in July which corresponds to 30% of the final grade; 
  • a defense in September, corresponding to 70% of the final mark.



Transfert entre ENSA

Un étudiant inscrit dans une École nationale supérieure d’Architecture en France (hors INSA et ESA) qui souhaite intégrer l’ENSAS doit se renseigner et en faire la demande préalable auprès de son établissement d’origine. Sa demande sera soumise à l’approbation du directeur de l’établissement d’origine avant d’être transmise à l’ENSAS. L’ENSAS n’accepte les transferts que pour les demandes concernant une admission en Master 1 (transfert entre la troisième et la quatrième année). Les demandes sont examinées chaque année en avril. Renseignez-vous auprès de la direction des études de votre établissement d’origine.


In addition to design, the DEA provides access to all consulting, project management assistance, technical studies, urban planning and development functions as an employee. State qualified architects can also become public servants of the State or local authorities, practice interior design, or carry out consulting assignments on behalf of the State, private individuals or local authorities.

Le DEA permet aussi d’accéder à :

The DEA also provides access to :

PhD in architecture

ENSAS is entitled to prepare for the PhD in architecture within the doctoral school “Human and Social Sciences: European Perspectives” (ED-519) of the University of Strasbourg.

HMONP, Habilitation to project management in one’s own name

This training is intended for holders of the state diploma of architect wishing to take on the responsibilities related to project management and allows registration on the roll of the Order of Architects.

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