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How to join in the school as an exchange student?

Only students from our partner schools are allowed to apply for an exchange program.

Undergraduate level : International DN MADE / Industrial Product Design
Students must have completed at least one year of studies in industrial or product design to join the International DN MADE.
Exchange students enrolled in this program follow compulsory courses and have to choose elective courses to obtain 30 ECTS.

Undergraduate level: International Class
Students must have completed at least two years of studies in either product, spatial, graphic or visual communication design to join the International Class.
Exchange students can enroll in the International Class and choose one of the following programs, depending on their profile : Brand Design, Digital Media Design, Industrial Products and Retail & lnterior Design.
Exchange students enrolled in one of the four programs follow compulsory courses and have to choose elective courses to obtain 30 ECTS.

Postgraduate level: Master programs (MDes) Transcultural design
Exchange students may enroll in one of our Master in Design (MDes) programs and join the second semester (February to June) of the 1st year of postgraduate studies.To join our MDes programs as an exchange student, candidates must have completed a bachelor (three or four years) in either product design, space design, graphic design or interaction design. Only students from our partner schools are allowed to apply for an exchange program.

The following MDes programs are open to exchange students :
MDes Le Studio France
MDes Brazil Studio
MDes China Studio
MDes India Studio

For more information, please contact our International Coordinator Zoe Lacey at z.lacey@lecoledededesign.com

I am a foreign student, can I join in a vocational training program?

It is possible for foreign students to join in one of our vocational programs. However, it is an extremely difficult procedure.
Indeed, it is very difficult to find a company and to sign a vocational contract for a foreign student. Moreover, the signature of such a contract requires a work permit, which implies a change in the status of the student. The request for a work authorization has to be done at the Direction Départementale du Travail. Unfortunately, the educationnal programs in design are not a priority.
It is then absolutely unsure that a foreign student will be able to get this authorization in order to join in a vocational program.

 

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.

I’m having technical problems while trying to apply: who should I contact?

Our IT department: help@lecolededesign.com

 

What documents do I need to provide when applying?

While registering online, you will need to upload the following documents:

Résumé (CV);
A portfolio in English;
A cover letter (letter on intent);
Copies of your degrees and certificates;
Copies of your transcripts showing the courses followed, your grades, and credits accumulated;
An official document stating your English proficiency (700 points at the TOEIC test or equivalent);

Especially for the Arts, Design & Media preparatory program and for the first year of foundation studies:

Résumé (CV);
A portfolio in French;
A cover letter (letter on intent);
Copies of your degrees and certificates;
Copies of your transcripts showing the courses followed, your grades, and credits accumulated;
An official document stating your French proficiency (level equivalent to B1 or B2 depending the program; assessed by a TCF1 or DELF2 test is required to join the program)

What is the price of the courses?

Tuition fees 2020

Arts, Design & Media: preparatory program
1st Semester : Courses at University of Nantes: 1 900 € + CVEC
2nd Semester : Courses at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique: 4 800 €

BDes International Class
French students and European Union students : 7,700 € per year / € 3,900 for one semester
Non-European Union students : 9,000 € per year  / € 3,900 for one semester

International DN MADE / Product design
French students and European Union students : 7,700 € per year
Non-European Union students : 9,000 € per year 

MDes Transcultural Design / Le Studio France
MDes transcultural Design / Brazil Studio
MDes transcultural Design / China Studio
MDes transcultural Design / India Studio
French students and European Union students : 7,700 € per year
Non-European Union students : 9,000 € per year

Exchange students coming for 1 semester to the International Class continue to pay their tuition to their home school.

When do the school’s internships take place?

Find the internships periods in the item "Internships"

Will I receive a degree after the International Class?

NO, we do not deliver a Bachelor’s level degree. You will, however, receive a certificate stating that you have completed the course, with the number of transferable credits (ECTS).

Do all my documents need to be in English or in French?

YES, all the documents must be written or translated in EITHER French OR English

Do I have to pay all at once or can I pay in installments?

Tuition fees are to be settled in installments as follows:

• When handing in your signed study contract and student regulations after being accepted: you must submit a 25 % deposit by check or bank transfer to confirm your registration in our school.
• The remaining fees for the first year will be settled through five direct withdrawals on your bank account (on the 15th of each month, from October to February).

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