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Welcome to our FAQ

We have listed the most frequently asked questions below. Feel free to browse them and filter by subject.

If you still can’t find your answer, don’t hesitate to contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.

How to apply for the Arts, Design & Media: preparatory program (program taught in French)?

The Arts, Design & Media : preparatory program is open after validation of :
- a high school diploma or equivalent;
- A minimum French certification of B1 level at the TCF or DELF test;

Applications for the academic year 2021-2022 are open until June 30, 2021 on our application website

The selection process is organized as follow:
1. Online application on our website and payment of registration fees (50 €) for the second semester dedicated to design;
2. Application file review;
3. If the application is accepted, registration with I-FLE for first semester French courses www.i-fle.univ-nantes.fr

You will be asked to upload the following documents:
• A résumé (CV, in French);
• A portfolio in English or French;
• Reports of the two last years of study;
• A minimum French certification of B1 at the DELF or TCF test;
• Copy of your high school diploma or equivalent (if already obtained);
• A copy of your identity card or passport;
• A cover letter (letter of intent, in French) (optional);

Admission results will be published in the item « admission results » according to the annual calendar.

How to apply in 3rd year of DN MADE (program taught in English) ?

The International Class/ 3rd year of DN MADE is open to applicants who have completed :
- a minimum of 2 years of undergraduate studies validated 120 ECTS or equivalent in spatial, interior, product, UI/UX design or multimedia;
- an English level of 600 points at the TOEIC test or any equivalent;

Applications for the academic year 2021-2022 are open until June 30, 2021 on our application website.

The selection process is organized as follow:
1. Online application and payment of the application fees (€50),
2. Uploading all the required documents for application,
3. Application file review,
4. If your application is accepted: participation to an interview during which you will have to present your portfolio.
If you do not reside in France, this interview may be carried out by videoconference.

You will be asked to upload the following documents:
• A résumé (CV, in French or English);
• A portfolio in English or French;
• Reports of the last two years of study in Design;
• If you are not a native English speaker : An English certification - 600 points at the TOEIC test or equivalent;
• Copies of degrees and certificates;
• A copy of your identity card or passport;
• A cover letter (letter of intent, in English) (optional);

Admission results will be published in the item « admission results » according to the annual calendar.

I am currently in my last year of Bachelor’s studies: can I apply to the master’s programs before I actually receive my degree?

YES. Your registration in our school will become official once you finish your undergraduate studies or obtain your BA.

Is the admission process different for International students?

For the 1st year of the DN MADE and the 1st year of our five-year degree, applications for international students graduating from a non-French High school are made directly on our application website. The selection process remains the same, and is mostly based on the application file and the portfolio.
For all the other programs, applications processes are identical.

Do you offer any scholarships or financial aid ?

The school itself does not offer any scholarship. However, according to your country of residence and your particular situation, different possibilities may be available to finance your studies in France: government grants, funding granted by international organizations and NGOs, private fellowships...
Campus France has a scholarship search engine which may help you identify a scholarship available in your situation (country of residence, degree being prepared etc.).

How to apply for the BDes 1st and 2nd year, and for the 1st year of DN MADE?

The 1st year of DN MADE and the 1st year of the five-year diploma are open after validation of :
- a high school diploma or equivalent;
- A minimum French certification of B2 level at the TCF or DELF test;
The 2nd year of the five-year diploma is open after validation of :
- a minimum of 2 years of undergraduate studies validated 120 ECTS or equivalent in design;
- A minimum French certification of B2 level at the TCF or DELF test;

Applications for the academic year 2021-2022 are open until June 30, 2021 on our application website.
For the 1st year of DN MADE and the 1st year of the five-year diploma, please note that the link to apply is send on request : please contact us at admissions@lecolededesign.com

The selection process is organized as follow:
1. Online application and payment of the application fees (€50),
2. Uploading all the required documents for application,
3. Application file review,
4. If your application is accepted: participation to an interview during which you will have to present your portfolio.
If you do not reside in France, this interview may be carried out by videoconference.

You will be asked to upload the following documents:
• A résumé (CV, in French or English);
• A portfolio in English or French;
• Reports of the last two years of study;
• A minimum French certification of B2 at the DELF or TCF test;
• Copies of degrees and certificates;
• A copy of your identity card or passport;
• A cover letter (letter of intent, in English) (optional);

Admission results will be published in the item « admission results » according to the annual calendar.

How to apply in MDes (Postgraduate studies)?

Our MDes programs are open to applicants who have completed :
- a minimum of 3 years of undergraduate studies validated 180 ECTS or equivalent in design.
- an English level of 700 points at the TOEIC test or any equivalent for the MDes programs taught in English and 600 points for the MDes programs taught in French.
- Only for the MDes programs taught in French: A French certification of a B2 level at the DELF test or any equivalent.

Applications for the academic year 2021-2022 are open until June 30, 2021 on our application website.

The selection process is organized as follow:
1. Online application and payment of the application fees (€50),
2. Uploading all the required documents for application,
3. Application file review,
4. If your application is accepted: participation to an interview during which you will have to present your portfolio.
If you do not reside in France, this interview may be carried out by videoconference.

You will be asked to upload the following documents:
• A résumé (CV, in French or English);
• A portfolio in English or French;
• Reports of the last three years of study in Design;
• If you are not a native English speaker : An English certification;
• If you are applying for a MDes program taught in French : a French certification- 600 or 700 points (depending the chosen program) at the TOEIC test or equivalent;
• Copies of degrees and certificates;
• A copy of your identity card or passport;
• A cover letter (letter of intent, in English) (optional);

Admission results will be published in the item « admission results » according to the annual calendar

I have completed 3 to 4 years of undergraduate studies in design, but never obtained my degree: am I still qualified to apply to the MDes?

YES. We require a minimum of 3 years in undergraduate studies in design, equating to a minimum of 180 ECTS (European Credits), not necessarily a degree.

More information about our Degrees

• The “Diplôme de design” delivered by L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education, giving it the exact same credentials and market value as University degrees (“Master 2.”)
• The DN MADE, National Diploma in Fine Arts, Crafts and Design is a state-controlled degree and leads to the award of an Undergraduate Diploma after three years of studies.

The school also applies the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), which is recognized throughout Europe. As an officially certified degree, it should also be recognized in most countries around the world.
Find out more about our degrees on the dedicated page.
To find out more about alumni careers paths and keys figures please consult the item “jobs & careers

I have no background in design but have a degree in another field (eg, engineering, marketing…), can I apply to your master’s programs?

NO. A background in a field of design or interior architecture is mandatory.

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