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


Throughout the MDes Transcultural Design / China Studio students will learn to decipher the local behaviors and understand the Chinese market to offer a coherent project, adapted to users, with an anthropological approach to design. This program is a stepping stone to an international designer career.


Program in partnership with the Fineart college of Shanghai University

Main themes

  • Anthropology
  • Design in a Chinese context
  • Multicultural approach

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

Students spend this semester abroad in an internship as a junior designer (13 weeks minimum). They follow before this internship a module including a welcome seminar and methodology-transculturality (80h), language courses and local culture (30h).

The goal of this semester for students is to highlight and expand professional knowledge in the context of another culture.

Semester 2

During this semester, students learn how to manage complex design projects, deepen their knowledge of the economic, social and cultural aspects of the field covered in their program, build and apply a methodology and support their end-of-term project. studies, the subject of which they themselves define.

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.


Shanghai, China

Shanghai is a strategic location to develop an intercultural design because of its dynamism and its recent evolution. It also represents a great field of observation and experimentation for understanding and internalizing Chinese codes and uses.

Throughout this course, students will learn to decipher the local behaviours and understand the Chinese market to offer a coherent project, adapted to users, with an anthropological approach to design.

The China Studio takes part in the Design Labs (located in Nantes) expertise while working on common issues.

A unique two-year program

Students 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.

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