L’École de design Nantes Atlantique

Introduction

Supported by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Nantes, L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is a private institution for higher education dedicated to design professions. Founded in 1988 and recognized by the State, the school is a non-profit organization. It is managed by a board of directors composed of consular elected representatives, company managers, professionals and student representatives.

Four core values

The school’s project is based on four values embodying our vision of design:


- the recognition of creative workers as true professionals,
- the promotion of design as a strong economic asset,
- design as a trigger for innovation,
- design as a practice that tackles social, economic and environmental issues in a responsible way.

Adiversity of design curriculums, a strong link with business and industry

- a 3-year undergraduate program, in which students specialize in one of 4 options: Spatial Design, Graphic Design, Interaction Design or Product Design.


- a 2-year postgraduate course leading to a Master’s Degree in design certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education. Postgraduate choose between one of the 7 cross-disciplinary programs offered.


- 2-year vocational training courses supervised by the Vocational Training Center dedicated to Creation and Industrial Innovation training center (CFA) leading to an advanced vocational diploma (BTS), or a Bachelor’s Degree;


- continuing education;


- business services and design-promoting activities .

An institution rooted in its territory and open to the world

Since 1998, L’École de design Nantes Atlantique has been located on the technological campus Atlanpole La Chantrerie, in the North-eastern area of Nantes (France), housed in a custom-built facility thanks to the support of local authorities (Nantes Saint-Nazaire Chamber of commerce and industry, the Pays de la Loire regional authorities, the Loire-Atlantique area local council). The only design institution in western France, the school benefits from a unique regional situation. For ten years now, it has proactively followed an outward-looking international development policy: academic exchange programs, participation in the international network “Cumulus”, opening of its first foreign subsidiary in the Peoples’ republic of China, now in Shanghai ("China Campus") and partnership with Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology in Bangalore, India.

L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is an active member of various academic networks and professional organizations: Conférence des Grandes Écoles (top-tier French higher education institutions), PRES (Higher Education and Research Clusters) of the Universities of Nantes, Angers and Le Mans... For many years, its students have been awarded prizes in prestigious competitions. The successful careers pursued by our graduates is good proof of the quality of our teaching methods.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • French

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Programs

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Master

Master in design (MDes) "Health & Social Innovation"

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 France Nantes

The MDes Health & Social Innovation aims to identify and experience how design can improve daily life through health, quality of life of a given group of population (elderly, children etc), mediation, collective identity... This program is taught in French. [+]

This full-time 2-year Master's program is taught in French.The MDes "Health & Social Innovation" aims to identify and experience how design can improve daily life through health, quality of life og a given group of population (elderly, children etc), mediation, collective identity...A focus on Health & Social Innovation:Life expectancy growing longer, design must strive to provide collectively thought-up responsible answers to emerging issues such as life conditions, health issues between care and treatment, arranging life spaces to adapt to each step of life... The Master’s program Health & Social Innovation trains designers to find their voice in this context of ever-changing uses.Areas of application:- devices adapted to diabetes and asthma treatments,- games and educational toys,- life space design and improvement,- arrangements of spaces dedicated to specific populations: signage, space design, furniture, products...Prerequisites for enrollment:Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in design (spatial, graphic, communication, interaction, mutimedia, product or industrial design) or interior architecture). You may apply before having actually obtained the herforementioned degree.A level of CEFR B2 in French is recommended.... [-]


Master in design (MDes) "Information Design"

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 France Nantes

This MDes explores the challenges posed by the exponential production of data and its uses, from graphical representation to the conceptualization of innovative services based on data, information and knowledge. This program is taught in English For more information, click here: bit.ly/MDesInfoDesign http://www.lecolededesign.com/en/postgraduate-studies/digital-culture-masters-program/information-design-masters-program/ [+]

This full-time 2-year Master's program is taught in English.The MDes "Information Design" explores the challenges posed by the exponential production of data and its uses, from graphical representation to the conceptualization of innovative services based on data, information and knowledge.A focus on Information Design:The Information Design program is placed at the crossroads of information visualization and service design, and is aimed at designers trained in graphic design or interaction design.Areas of application:- strategic monitoring,- knowledge engineering,- data-journalism,- creation of innovative services...Prerequisites for enrollment:Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in design (spatial, graphic, communication, interaction, mutimedia, product or industrial design) or interior architecture). You may apply before having actually obtained the aforementioned degree.A level of CEFR B2 in English is recommended.... [-]


Master in design (MDes) "Sustainable Innovation"

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 France Nantes

This MDes addresses the new challenges brought about by ongoing social evolutions, and design solutions for a better world. This program is taught in English. For more information, click here: bit.ly/ResponsibleInnovation [+]

This full-time 2-year Master's program is taught in English.The MDes "Sustainable Innovation" addresses the new challenges brought about by ongoing social evolutions, and design solutions for a better world.A focus on Sustainable Innovation:Life expectancy growing longer, need to maintain the coherence of crumbling social ties, emergency situations - disasters, poverty - arising all over the world : many great challenges are looming over our modern-day societies.Design must strive to provide collectively thought-up responsible answers to these emerging issues by making use of its global and systemic vision of the world. The Master’s program Sustainable Innovation trains designers to find their voice in this context of ever-changing uses.Areas of application:- safety and emergency equipments,- innovation-oriented services. Prerequisites for enrollment:Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in design (spatial, graphic, communication, interaction, mutimedia, product or industrial design) or interior architecture). You may apply before having actually obtained the aforementioned degree.A level of CEFR B2 in English is recommended.... [-]


Master in design (MDes) "Transcultural Design - China Studio"

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 China Shanghai

This MDes gives the students an opportunity to spend two years in China, learning to apply the schools’ design methods in a different context. This master offers a unique opportunity to experience the design style and management of a traditional yet modern civilization. For more information, click here: bit.ly/ChinaCampus [+]

This full-time 2-year Master's program is taught in English.The MDes "Transcultural Design China" gives the students an opportunity to spend two years in China, learning to apply the schools’ design methods to the Chinese cultural context. This program is run in partnership with the University of Shanghai at L’École de design’s China Studio.Being a designer in China... What does it mean to a student from the Western world ? How does it feel to apply design methods and processes acquired in a French, European or Western cultural environment to the thriving, booming and ever-mutating Chinese market ?This MDes' program offers an exhaustive exploration of the challenges brought about by such a specific cross-cultural experience and aims to assess the mutual benefits of cross-cultural interaction.Design training:The MDes' program Transcultural Design trains designers to find their voice in a different cultural context. Students are required to conduct several projects conducted via an industrial partnership revolving around this theme and a final degree project addressing an issue related to design in a cross- cultural context. All throughout this long-term process they are guided and advised by experts such as designers, industrial partners, researchers...Prerequisites for enrollment:Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in design (spatial, graphic, communication, interaction, mutimedia, product or industrial design) or interior architecture). You may apply before having actually obtained the herforementioned degree.A level of CEFR B2 in English is recommended.... [-]


Master in design (MDes) "Transcultural Design - India Studio"

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 India Delhi

This MDes is in partnership with The Design Village in Delhi, India. This master program offers the opportunity to develop a design project in a different context and to experience the Indian culture, somewhere between deep traditions and a very fast development. For more information, click here: bit.ly/IndiaCampus [+]

This full-time 2-year Master's program is taught in English.MDes "Transcultural Design India"In the current context of globalization, understanding other cultures and other value systems is a major asset for every designer. This master’s program encourages the exploration and acceptance of different cultures within an applied, interdisciplinary context.As with all the master’s programs, the successful completion of this program leads to our master’s level Degree in Design, certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education.Delhi, IndiaOne of the fastest developing countries in the world, where fine traditional craftsmanship and state-of-the-arts technology intermingle, India offers exciting prospects for designers from all fields.This offers a stimulating “playground” for design students, notably those specialized in interaction or multimedia design. Students with other design specialties also find fantastic projects to work on, in collaboration with the many multinational companies in the area, or on more social issues. Students will also enjoy the pleasant climate all year round, and the lively local leisure scene.CurriculumStudents conduct their master studies from within the realm of their design discipline, and with a spirit of integration into an Asian context. During applied projects conducted with local partner companies, students form interdisciplinary design teams working on real assignments for Asian clients.The program covers four full semesters of accredited curriculum, with 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit rewarded per semester.During the first semester, beginning in September, students participate in an orientation seminar before starting their internships. The second semester offers a densely packed schedule of instruction and projects, lead by teaching staff and professional designers. The third semester is dedicated to focused, individual work on a thesis and a personal design project related to Transcultural Design. The fourth semester releases students into a final internship experience, ideally also conducted in an Asian, or at least otherwise international context, and ends with a thesis defense in which each student presents him- or herself as a professional designer.Prerequisites for enrollment:Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in design (spatial, graphic, communication, interaction, mutimedia, product or industrial design) or interior architecture). You may apply before having actually obtained the herforementioned degree.A level of CEFR B2 in English is recommended.... [-]


Master in design (MDes) "Urban Design"

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 France Nantes

This MDes tackles issues related to the evolution of transportation of goods and people, the emergence of innovative services for travel, scenography, space adjustments, mutations of the city to facilitate mobility... Two research groups are offered: Mobility and Services and Public Spaces. [+]

This full-time 2-year Master's program is taught in English.The MDes "New Mobilities" tackles issues related to the evolution of transportation of goods and people, and the emergence of innovative services for travel, urban mobility...Headed by an industrial designer and an architect, the MDes "New Mobilities" brings together students from different design backgrounds to study new design solutions for the mobility of the future. Transport, services, architecture, living and work spaces, vehicles, communication, infrastructure...all these aspects are part of urban mobility design.Areas of application:- transportation of people and goods (equipment and vehicles),- mobility-facilitating services and alternatives to movement,- mobile information systems,- multimodal transportation, - communication,- infrastructure design...Prerequisites for enrollment:Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in design (spatial, graphic, communication, interaction, mutimedia, product or industrial design) or interior architecture). You may apply before having actually obtained the herforementioned degree.A level of CEFR B2 in English is recommended.... [-]


Master in design (MDes) "User Experience Design / Design & Virtual Reality"

Campus Full time 2 years November 2016 France Nantes

Students in this MDes will learn to design innovative virtual and augmented reality interfaces and services this training course is organized as part of the double degree jointly... This program is taught in French. For more information, click here: bit.ly/MDesVirtualReality [+]

This full-time 2-year Master's program is taught in French only.Students in the MDes "User Experience Design / Design & Virtual Reality" will learn to design innovative virtual and augmented reality interfaces and services this training course is organized as part of the double degree jointly...A focus on Virtual Reality:The ongoing evolution of knowledge and new technologies opens up extensive fields of action for experimenting new services and applications in virtual reality and augmented reality. The Master’s program Virtual Reality trains designers to find their voice in this context of ever-changing uses.Students who enroll in this program will learn to design innovative virtual and augmented reality interfaces and services (this training course is organized as part of the double degree jointly run by L’École de design Nantes Atlantique and the French engineering school Arts et Métiers ParisTech Angers (Laval, France).Areas of application:- innovative design tools,- applications used for therapeutic purposes,- interactive entertainment...Design training and double degree:Students are required to conduct several projects conducted via an industrial partnership revolving around this theme and a final degree project addressing an issue related to virtual reality.All throughout this long-term process they are guided and advised by experts such as designers, industrial partners, researchers and professionals.During their fifth year students prepare a double degree to improve certain skills : MDes from L’École de design Nantes Atlantique coupled with a Master Degree in Virtual Reality Engineering and Innovation delivered by Arts et Métiers ParisTech Angers (a French higher education institution specializing in mechanical and industrial engineering).The academic schedule is adapted to allow students to follow both courses.Prerequisites for enrollment in the Virtual Reality program:Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in a field related to interaction, multimedia or digital design.... [-]


Master in design (MDes) "User Experience Design / Tangible Interfaces"

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 France Nantes

This MDes centers on new modes of interaction with information systems, ambient intelligence and ubiquitous computing. Program taught in English. For more information, click here: bit.ly/TangibleInterfaces [+]

This full-time 2-year Master's program is taught in English.The MDes "User Experience Design / Tangible Interfaces" centers on new modes of interaction with information systems, ambient intelligence and ubiquitous computing.A focus on Tangible Interfaces:As information technologies are becoming increasingly more popular and keep spreading all over our material environment, the ways human beings interact with information systems now reach way beyond the commonly held oppositions between real and virtual, hardware and software. In a world where connected devices are omnipresent, the wide range of available uses requires designers to invent new interface scenarios to make sure “ambient computing” produces user-centered technologies. No doubt this new technological deal is about to shake up our work, leisure, cultural and social habits.Areas of application:- gaming applications, toys, games,- work equipment,- mobile services,- pervasive computing,- research on multisensorial interfaces,- collaborative/interactive work...Prerequisites for enrollment:Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in design (spatial, graphic, communication, interaction, mutimedia, product or industrial design) or interior architecture). You may apply before having actually obtained the herforementioned degree.A level of CEFR B2 in English is recommended.... [-]


Master in design (MDes), "Mutations of the Built Environment"

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 France Nantes

This MDes addresses the ongoing lifestyle evolutions in the domestic, work and public environment, with a strong focus on sustainable development. Program taught in English For more information, click here: bit.ly/MutationsBuiltEnvironment [+]

This full-time 2-year Master's program is taught in English .The MDes "Mutations of the Built Environment" addresses the ongoing lifestyle evolutions in the domestic, work and public environment, with a strong focus on sustainable development.A focus on the Mutations of the Built Environment:As environnemental issues have grown into a major concern in our societies, evolutions in life style and uses have triggered drastic transformations as to how we conceive home, life space, work space, recreational facilities and public space. Interacting in these new types of enhanced spaces involves the use of all senses, and the role of technology in such a multi-sensory context must seriously be reflected upon. Design must invent and implement new life scenarios taking all these parameters into account so as to offer end-users more well-being while helping them adapt to new uses more easily.Areas of application:- workspace (offices, corporate buildings),- home space (interior design),- public space design,- design for all,- event/exhibition stand design...Prerequisites for enrollment:Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in design (spatial, graphic, communication, interaction, mutimedia, product or industrial design) or interior architecture). You may apply before having actually obtained the herforementioned degree.A level of CEFR B2 in English is recommended.... [-]


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