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L’École de design Nantes Atlantique

L’École de design, a top-tier design school in Nantes, France

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.

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.

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Design Expertise by L’École de design

Our institution is specialized in design education in various forms:

Up to 1,480 students are registered fall 2019.

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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 more than 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 and got labelled Bienvenue en France by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs... 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.

Managing Director: Christian Guellerin

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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:

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Yearbook: two years of activities in ten chapters

Download our Yearbook: what happened during the last two years at L’École de design in ten chapters, reflecting the values we care about.