L’École De Design Nantes Atlantique

Introduction

Partner of 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, in association with the University of Nantes.

Founded in 1988 and recognized by the State, the school is a non-profit organization.

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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.

Design Expertise by L’École de design

  • a 3-year undergraduate program, in which students specialize in one of 8 options: Interior Architecture, Scenography, Graphic Design, Motion Design, Interaction Design, Game Design, Product Design or Transportation Design.
  • a 2-year postgraduate course leading to a Master’s Degree in design (MDes) certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education. Postgraduate choose between one of the 10 cross-disciplinary programs offered, including a 2-year curriculum in apprenticeship.
  • 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), a Bachelor’s Degree or an MDes degree.
  • Continuing education.
  • Business services and design-promoting activities.

Up to 1,465 students are registered fall 2018.

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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 northeastern 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, Nantes Métropole). 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 association Cumulus, opening of four international studios (China Studio in Shanghai, India Studio in Pune, Brazil Studio in São Paulo, Le Studio Montréal in Canada) several international MDes & BDes programs organized in English.

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), Campus France... 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.

A center for design and innovation

L’École de design has built an expertise in four socio-economic fields, combining eduction, experimental research and innovation, through four Design Labs:

  • READi Design Lab dedicated to digital culture,
  • Sustainable Cities Design Lab dedicated to the evolution of mobility and built environment,
  • New Eating Habits Design Lab dedicated to food systems,
  • Care Design Lab dedicated to health, quality of life and social innovation.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

Master

MDes in Human Machine Design / UX Design

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2019 France Nantes

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 [+]

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 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.... [-]


MDes Media Design / Information Design

Campus Full time Part time 2 years August 2019 France Nantes Brazil São Paulo China Shanghai India Pune + 7 more

The Information Design program explores the emerging challenges presented by the exponential production of data, from graphic representation to the conceptualization of innovative services based on data, information, and knowledge. It uses principles resulting from studies carried out in visual identity, and more particularly in graphic semiotics, signage and cartographic representations of information. [+]

A postgraduate program in two years specialized in Information 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

The Information Design program explores the emerging challenges presented by the exponential production of data, from graphic representation to the conceptualization of innovative services based on data, information, and knowledge. It uses principles resulting from studies carried out in visual identity, and more particularly in graphic semiotics, signage and cartographic representations of information.

Main themes Representation of the information Knowledge engineering Data-journalism Creation of innovative services Curriculum ... [-]

MDes New Eating Habits / Food Design & Brand

Campus Full time Part time 2 years August 2019 France Nantes Brazil São Paulo China Shanghai India Pune + 7 more

Within the MDes Food Design & Brand, the focus is made on the evolution of eating habits and brand identity through the creation of all signs and uses of consumer goods. Specific knowledge in food anthropology, marketing, technology, methodology, etc are learned and tested through projects with industrial partners [+]

A postgraduate program in two years specialized in Food Design & Brand, leading to a master’s degree in design

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

Within the MDes Food Design & Brand, the focus is made on the evolution of eating habits and brand identity through the creation of all signs and uses of consumer goods. Specific knowledge in food anthropology, marketing, technology, methodology, etc are learned and tested through projects with industrial partners.

Main themes Food and new technologies Healthy food Food culture, local products, tourism 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.... [-]


MDes Social Design

Campus Full time Part time 2 years August 2019 France Nantes Brazil São Paulo China Shanghai India Pune + 7 more

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. [+]

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

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 ... [-]

MDes Sustainable Cities / Environmental Design

Campus Full time Part time 2 years August 2019 France Nantes Brazil São Paulo China Shanghai India Pune + 7 more

This program explores simultaneously the evolution of our built environment and the urban transformations in a context of rapid change, with the requirements of a sustainable, accessible and smart city, conceived in a spirit of universal co-design (Design for All), fully integrated. [+]

A postgraduate program in two years, taught in English, specialized in environmental design, leading to a master’s degree in design A program specially tailored for students from all over the world who want to integrate our MDes

This program explores simultaneously the evolution of our built environment and the urban transformations in a context of rapid change, with the requirements of a sustainable, accessible and smart city, conceived in a spirit of universal co-design (Design for All), fully integrated.

Main themes Sustainable projects management Conception technics focused on the user Architecture Public space Spatial design for event management Furniture 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.... [-]


MDes Transcultural Design / Brazil Studio

Campus Full time Part time 2 years August 2019 Brazil São Paulo China Shanghai India Pune + 5 more

Because of its economic, social and cultural uniqueness, São Paulo has appeared as the ideal learning field for our 3rd international studio, after Shanghai and Delhi. In association with the prestigious Mackenzie University, founded in 1870 (11 faculties, 42,000 students), we offer a program hosted within the School of Architecture and City Planning. [+]

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

Because of its economic, social and cultural uniqueness, São Paulo has appeared as the ideal learning field for our 3rd international studio, after Shanghai and Delhi. In association with the prestigious Mackenzie University, founded in 1870 (11 faculties, 42,000 students), we offer a program hosted within the School of Architecture and City Planning.

Main themes Immersion environment Urban Design in the context of high population density Social Design adapted to multiculturalism 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.... [-]


MDes Transcultural Design / China Studio

Campus Full time Part time 2 years August 2019 China Shanghai India Pune + 3 more

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. [+]

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.... [-]


MDes Transcultural Design / India Studio

Campus Full time Part time 2 years August 2019 India Pune + 1 more

India’s growing economy and high demand for design professionals offer vast opportunities to accommodate young designers during and after their studies. In the current context of globalization, understanding other cultures and other value systems is a major asset for every designer. The MDes Transcultural Design / India Studio encourages the exploration of different cultures within an applied, interdisciplinary context. [+]

Get inspired by Indian culture through a two-year MDes program, and obtain a French certified degree

India’s growing economy and high demand for design professionals offer vast opportunities to accommodate young designers during and after their studies. In the current context of globalization, understanding other cultures and other value systems is a major asset for every designer. The MDes Transcultural Design / India Studio encourages the exploration of different cultures within an applied, interdisciplinary context.

“Design is not just about making something beautiful, but also something which can make life better for people.”

This program provides a unique opportunity for young designers to specialize in Social Innovation and Design Thinking. In India, our students learn how to use design for positive social impact on humans and businesses and to better understand the global perspective on design. Students will have to comprehend the Indian market and appropriate the local behaviors to offer a coherent project, adapted to users, with an anthropological approach to design.... [-]


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Présentation du China Studio de L’École de design Nantes Atlantique (sous-titres français)