L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is located on the campus of La Chantrerie, north east of Nantes. The main building was built in 1998 and expanded in 2005 to obtain a working area of 2500 m2. The school also occupies a builging called The Factory, situated nerby the main building, and premises in another building (Le Saphir) on the same campus.
L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is also established abroad. In 2008, we opened a subsidiary institution in China, currently in Shanghai. A similar program is now established in India, since September 2010. The program shifted to Delhi in 2014, in partnership with The Design Village.
L’École de design is open to students from Monday to Friday, from 7:45 am till 10pm.
Students have access to all classrooms and workshops, except when these are occupied during regular teaching classes.
A series of experimental platforms (“Design Labs”) have been launched since 2011, to facilitate the emergence of innovative concepts and long term expertise. These Design Labs are located in the city center, in the The Regional Innovation Platforms (PRI), the Imbrika building and the Solilab.
Several computer rooms are available to students: a total of 120 workstations, Mac and PC, with access to high-speed fiber optic Internet.
The computers are equipped with Computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software (vector illustration, image editing, page layout, publishing), Computer aided design (CAD) software (technical scheme, modeling, imaging and computer animation), Internet tools and specific software for Web and 3D creation and edition, for all uses in spatial design, graphic design, interactive design and product design.
Students have the possibility to connect their laptop to the WiFi network of the school and can access the Internet, freely and openly.
The model-making workshop is composed of a machine workshop (equipped with various drilling machines, saws (jigsaw, band saw) and other machinery), two finishing workshops, a painting and resine cabin, a prototyping machine, a 3D printer (MakerBot) and lockers. Students can only use the machines when the supervisor is present, the opening hours of the machines workshop are displayed next to the workshop.
The “sound studio” features a sound-recording system (microphones, sound card, mixing deck) and sound editing equipment (Adobe audition software).
The “photo studio” is a facility where students can take pictures of their projects. It includes a blank background, a green background for inlaying and projectors. Cameras and videocameras may be borrowed by students.
Students can access the studios from 8 am to 7 pm under the Studio Equipment Coordinator’s supervision.
The cafeteria, where students can eat and rest, is equipped with microwave ovens, vending snack and offers outdoor access for sunny days.
The BDE (students office) provides a subscription to a copy machine / printer. It is also possible to print on plotter with the supervision of the sound & video studios coordinator; rates are available from the BDE.
Dedicated equipment for the MDes programs in the Design Labs : experimental kitchen for the New Eating Habits Design Labs, various digital devices (Oculus Rift, NAO robot, multitouch table…) for the Digital Culture/READi Design Lab.
A technology campus
L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is established on the high-tech cluster of La Chantrerie in Nantes (France), alongside companies and engineering schools: École des Mines, École polytechnique de l’Université de Nantes, École Supérieure du Bois, École Nationale Vétérinaire and ICAM (Institut Catholique des Arts et Métiers)
The campus is situated by the Erdre, a tributary of the Loire river. It borders the park of La Chantrerie where students can picnic on sunny days.
The University Library
The university library, technology section, located on the campus offers more than 15 000 books, nearly 100 periodical titles on paper and about 200 electronic and multimedia documents.
You can access various types of digital content such as encyclopaedias, online newspapers, journals from major publishers, bibliographic and thematic databases, collections of electronic books.
The library offers many services : borrowing of documents, laptops available for on-site loan, interlibrary loan, advice from librarians, assistance with documentary research, writing bibliographies.
Library hours and other information on : www.bu.univ-nantes.fr
Where to eat on the campus
The University refectory is located 200 meters from the school. Open Monday to Friday, it offers traditional and diversified food, and a takeaway service. The best in terms of value for money : 3 € per meal (starter, main meal and dessert). You can buy the tickets needed from the counter inside the restaurants. Your student card is required.
You will also find several restaurants and eat-in or takeaway fast food on the campus, open at lunch time, and on evening for some of them.