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

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

The MDes UX Design explores the concept of tangibility and materiality of the information for the conception of innovative products and services, in every area. It is based on hybridization between objects, environments and information systems.

Main themes

  • Development of user-centered digital services
  • Connected objects
  • Gaming applications
  • Mobile services
  • Pervasive computing
  • Research on multisensory interfaces


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.

• Design and complexity project
• Prospective design project
• Methodology seminar
• Innovation seminar
• Intellectual property
• Seminar specific to the chosen program
• Introduction to research workshop
• Preparation for the end of studies project,
• Memory preparation workshop
• TOEIC preparation

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.

• Initiation to law
• introduction to management
• End of studies project workshop
• Memory Workshop
• Professionalization & lab
• Competitions

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.

Admission requirements

Academic requirements

This program is open to all applicants who either:

hold a Bachelor’s Degree in design or equivalent, or
have completed at least three years of undergraduate studies in design or equivalent, equating to at least 180 ECTS credits

You may apply before actually receiving the degree or having completed your undergraduate studies. However, admission will only take effect once the degree is obtained or the undergraduate credits have been validated.

Applicants whose level we assess to be insufficient may be recommended to follow a semester or a full year in our International Class before entering the master’s program.

Language requirements

If you are not a native English speaker, we ask that you provide proof of your English proficiency (minimum level of 700 points at the TOEIC test or equivalent for programs taught in English).

While not mandatory for the programs taught in English, a certain command of French language is recommended for daily life in France and integration purposes.

Double degree

During the second year of their master’s studies, students have the possibility to prepare double degrees:

  • to improve their management skills: the Master’s in Design Degree from L’École de design Nantes Atlantique coupled with a Master’s Degree in “Business Administration,” with a focus on “innovation and entrepreneurship” delivered by the Institut d’Administration des Entreprises (Business Administration Institute of the University of Nantes). The Institut d’Administration des Entreprises is also located in Nantes.
  • to prepare a double degree with the DU DESSiiN, a university degree dedicated to connected objects, in partnership with the University of Nantes and Telecom Bretagne engineering school.
  • Disrupt’ Campus Nantes - Innovation and Digital transformation in partnership with Univeristé de Nantes et École Centrale Nantes.

The academic schedule is adapted to allow students to follow both courses. Students may apply for these double degrees during their first year of master’s studies.

The courses in the partner institutes are held in French. A minimum level of CEFR B2 is recommended to be able to follow the courses.

Job prospects and further education

Areas of application

  • Connected objects
  • Gaming applications
  • Toys
  • Games
  • Work equipment
  • Mobile services
  • Pervasive computing
  • Research on multisensory interfaces
  • Collaborative / interactive work

Master’s degree in design

As all our master programs, this one leads you to the Master’s degree in design, certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and registered in the Registre National des Certifications Professionnelles (the French directory for vocational qualifications or RNCP) as a Level I Master’s degree.

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Last updated December 18, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sept. 2019
4 semesters
7,700 EUR
June 2, 2019
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