MDes Social Design

L’École De Design Nantes Atlantique

Program Description

MDes Social Design

L’École De Design Nantes Atlantique

A postgraduate program in two years, taught in English, specialized in Social Design, a single master’s degree in design

A program specially tailored for students from all over the world who want to integrate our MDes

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This program aims to explore the social issues through a participatory and co-constructed design approach. Its purpose, through Social innovation actions, is to improve quality of life, well-being, and health, focusing on the most vulnerable populations. Besides field research work, the educational program develops participatory methodologies adapted to the studied systems and co-constructing solutions rooted in reality.

Main themes

  • Economic patterns: companies’ long-term success and sustainability, design as a strategic tool in the business;
  • Global design: keeping in mind the social and environmental responsibility of design;
  • The concept of « second project »: the devices are conceived to leave a margin of negotiation and harmonization between users and their ecosystem.

Curriculum

The MDes programs, established over two years, are organized in four semesters validated by 30 ECTS each. A consequent and increasing personal working time is expected for each module.

Semester 1

This first semester is dedicated to adapting to the French cultural environment and to teaching methods specific to the school in a multidisciplinary approach.

Semester 2

Students spend this semester abroad, either in academic exchange or internship as a junior designer (13 weeks minimum).

The objective of this semester for students studying at a partner school is to discover other teaching methods, other tools and approaches of the design project.

For students in internship, the goal is to highlight and expand professional knowledge in the context of another culture.

Semester 3

Continuation and finalization of the end-of-studies project summarizing all the professional skills acquired. It can be conducted in collaboration with a company and / or research laboratory of a partner university. This personal end-of-studies project must be related to the program in which students are enrolled.

Supervision is ensured in the form of workshops under the direction of a referent designer, to which punctual speakers are associated. Writing a thesis in the theme of the project.

Semester 4

The study program ends with a minimum of sixteen weeks (and a maximum of six months) internship within a company, in France or abroad.

Trainees work as junior designers and support all or part of a project.

The student must demonstrate his ability to integrate into a team, manage a project and develop all the sequences of the project for its smooth running. It allows the student to articulate all of his studies with what will be his first professional experience.

Depending on the professional project of the student, this internship can also take place within a company that the student will create, or even within a research laboratory.

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The Care Design Lab

The research topics of the Design Lab are as follows:

  • health: prevention and care path;
  • the social: inclusion, precariousness, service ...;
  • Social and environmental responsibility: social, environmental and economic development.

The projects address three approaches to environmental, health, social and societal research themes:

  • Protection for better risk management,
  • Optimization for innovation through efficiency,
  • Narration to make sense.

The Design Lab is a multidisciplinary incubator of innovative projects. He crosses the methods and the answers provided by the various fields of design (graphic, interactivity, scenography, space, product, service, etc.) in order to propose efficient devices.

Each project is co-constructed with the users, thanks to immersions in the contexts where our partners act to reveal the problems. These actors in the field provide access to the first sources of knowledge and give great relevance to projects in design.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated December 4, 2018
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