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MDes Digital Culture / User Experience Design / Tangible Interfaces option

  • // Initial Education
  • // Program taught in English
  • // Nantes (France)

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

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The MDes program User Experience / Tangible interfaces 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

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Curriculum

The User Experience (UX) design program trains designers specialized in the development of user-centered digital services.
It is based on a common core curriculum with two possible subject options: Tangible Interfaces, and Design & Virtual Reality.

As information technology is becoming increasingly popular and keeps expanding over our material environment, the ways human beings interact with information systems reach way beyond the oppositions between real and virtual, hardware and software. In a world where connected devices are omnipresent, the wide range of available uses pushes designers to invent new interface scenarios to make sure “ambient computing” produces user-centered technologies.

Program taught in English

 

Admission requirements

> Academic requirements

This program is open to all applicants who either:

  • hold a Bachelor’s Degree in design or equivalent,
  • 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

English
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).

French
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.

> Selection process

The selection process is organized as follow:
1. online application and payment of the application fees,
2. sending all the required documents for application,
3. application file review,
4. if your application is accepted and if necessary, a face-to-face or skype interview will be organized.

> How to apply ?

How ? Application can only be done online.
When ? Applications for academic year 2017/2018 possible until August 16, 2016
How much does it cost ? Once you have filled out your personal data, you will be required to pay a non-refundable inscription fee of 50€ to cover the administrative costs of your admission process. This payment is only possible by credit card or Paypal and is fully secured.

> Tuition fees

Tuition fees 2017 : 7 700 € per year.

Scholarships: We recommend you contact the French embassy in your country, your local CampusFrance agency.

 

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.

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.

Teaching staff

Head of program
Grégoire Cliquet, Director of the READi Design Lab (applied experimental research and interaction design laboratory)
Laurent Neyssensas, Assistant Director READi Design Lab

Educational Coordinator
Arnaud Le Roi

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.

To know more about this diplome, check out the Our degrees page.

Partners

Industries

AMA (groupe Guillemot), Bodet, Dassault Systèmes, Orange Labs, PSA, Proginov Touchlab, Wiztivi

Competitiveness clusters and associations

La Cantine numérique (Nantes)/Atlantic 2.0 Clarté, Pôle Images et Réseaux, SAMOA/Quartier de la Création, Stéréolux, Trempolino

Educational institutions

Arts et Métiers Angers-Laval (ENSAM)/ Laboratory Presence and Innovation (member of the Design&Emotion Research Group)
Télécom Bretagne (Computer Systems and Network Engineering)
University of Nantes – Polytech

 

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