Care / MDes Health & Social Innovation

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

A postgraduate program in two years specialized in Health & Social Innovation, a single master’s degree in design

This program is only open to students who validate their undergraduate studies at L’École de design.

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The MDes Health & Social Innovation aims to identify and experience how product design, service design, graphic design, space design and interactive design can bring a better understanding of user groups such as children or the elderly, in order to offer solutions to improve their daily life and social conditions.

Main themes

  • Health : preventention and care
  • Quality of life : rhythms of life, ethics, autonomy, longevity, fulfilment, community life (place and role within the community)
  • Environmental and social mediation: understand and give meaning to life experiment so as to take effective actions and consider the user as a stakeholder.
  • From individual identity to the collective identity: the sharing of skills, experience, abilities and memories (solidarity and empathy).

If you hold a bachelor degree in design and are interested in Social innovation, have a look at our MDes Social Design!


The MDes programs, established over two years, are organized in four semesters validated by 30 ECTS each. A consequent and increasing personal working time is expected for each module.

Semester 1
Students spend this semester abroad, either in academic exchange or internship as a junior designer (13 weeks minimum).

The objective of this semester for students studying at a partner school is to discover other teaching methods, other tools and approaches of the design project.
For students in internship, the goal is to highlight and expand professional knowledge in the context of another culture.

Semester 2
During this semester, students learn how to manage complex design projects, deepen their knowledge of the economic, social and cultural aspects of the field covered in their program, build and apply a methodology and support their end-of-term project. studies, the subject of which they themselves define.

Teaching, delivered in the form of projects in partnership with industry, workshops, lectures, conferences and professional meetings includes the following compulsory credits:
• Design and complexity project
• Workshop to define the end of studies project
• Prospective design project
• Seminar methodologies
• Innovation seminar
• Intellectual property
• Seminar specific to the theme of the program
• Introduction to research workshop
• Professionalisation / lab
• Contests
• TOEIC preparation
• Preparation for the end of studies project, complementary seminar
• Memory preparation workshop

Semester 3
Continuation and finalization of the end-of-studies project summarizing all the professional skills acquired. It can be conducted in collaboration with a company and / or research laboratory of a partner university. This personal end-of-studies project must be related to the program in which students are enrolled.
Supervision is ensured in the form of workshops under the direction of a referent designer, to which punctual speakers are associated. Writing a thesis in the theme of the project.

• Initiation to law
• introduction to management
• End of studies project workshop
• Memory Workshop
• Professionalization & lab
• Competitions

Semester 4
The study program ends with a minimum of sixteen weeks (and a maximum of six months) internship within a company, in France or abroad.
Trainees work as junior designers and support all or part of a project.
The student must demonstrate his ability to integrate into a team, manage a project and develop all the sequences of the project for its smooth running. It allows the student to articulate all of his studies with what will be his first professional experience.
Depending on the professional project of the student, this internship can also take place within a company that the student will create, or even within a research laboratory.




Admission requirements

> Academic requirements

This program is only open to students who validate their undergraduate studies at L’École de design.

> Tuition fees

Tuition fees 2019 : 7 700 € per year.

Double degree

During their fifth year students can prepare a double degree to improve certain skills.

This program taught by the partner institutions is taught in French. A minimum level of CEFR B2 is recommended to be able to follow the courses.

Teaching staff

Head of program
Clémence Montagne, Director of Care Design Lab

Educational coordinator
Simon Boussard


Job prospects and further education

> Areas of application

Equipment, applications, arrangements of spaces, and services related to:

  • Health and well-being
  • Games and educational toys
  • Recreation and sports
  • Silver Economy (elderly market)
  • Justice
  • Rehabilitation
  • Disability

> 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.



French Hospital Federation (FHF)
Nouvelles Cliniques Nantaises (private hospital)
University Hospital of Nantes (CHU)

Competitiveness clusters and Public Institutions

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Maine et Loire
City of Vertou
University hospital of Nantes
Gérontopôle Pays-de-la-Loire (research center for the aging population)
Nantes Métropole
Pays de la Loire region




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