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What is "Le Diplôme de design"?

The Diplôme de design is based on a five-year curriculum, divided into two cycles : 3-year bachelor cycle (BDes) and a 2-year master’s cycle (MDes).

The school offers programs taught in English at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Throughout the five-year curriculum, the school prepares students to experiment, to fail and to start again, to discover the different design professions, to develop their ability to manage a global project, to acquire project management skills around socio-economic themes.

This diploma allows students to acquire a first international experience, and the recognition of the diploma offers interesting career development prospects in the short and medium term.

A truly recognized diploma

L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is one of the very few design schools to have obtained certification from the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research for its Master’s degree in design. The certification was renewed in 2010 and 2016. This degree is also registered in the Registre National des Certifications Professionnelles (the French directory for vocational qualifications or RNCP) as a Level I Master’s degree.

In 2021, L’École de design Nantes Atlantique became the first and only private design school in France to be awarded the "Grade de Master" from the French Ministry of higher Education and Research.

A certified degree is equivalent to a university master’s programs in France or abroad. It also allows students to receive equivalency credentials for foreign qualifications. In the international sphere, this quality certification gives a school the credibility needed to conclude cooperation agreements with top international universities.

Le Diplôme de design

BDes - Undergraduate studies

Our three-year BDes programs, entirely taught in French, aim to develop creativity and general culture, and to gain a solid professional culture in a design field.

› The 1st year of undergraduate studies is dedicated to the basic learning of design and creation.
Open to applicants holding a high school diploma and a French level B2.

› From the 2nd year, students choose from 8 specializations organized over 2 years (2nd and 3rd year levels of undergraduate studies).
BDes Interior Architecture
BDes Scenography
BDes Graphic Design
BDes Motion Design
BDes UI/UX Design
BDes Game Experience Design
BDes Industrial Design
BDes Transport Design

If you want to pursue design studies in France, but you do not yet have a B2 level in French, you might be interested in our Preparatory program.


MDes - Postgraduate studies

Postgraduate studies are organized around several topics. These programs are based in Nantes and taught in English within Le Studio France, and in French in our labs (MDes Care Design, MDes City Design, MDes Food DesignMDes Digital Design & MDes Media Design).

L’École de design also offers programs in International Design Strategy organized in our Studios in Shanghai, PuneSão PauloMontréal & Cotonou.



You can join our school in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year.

Applications are made directly on our website.