MDes Digital Culture / Information Design
- // Initial Education
- // Program taught in English
- // Nantes (France)
A postgraduate program in two years specialized in Information Design, a single master’s degree in design
The Information Design program explores the emerging challenges presented by the exponential production of data, from graphic representation to the conceptualization of innovative services based on data, information and knowledge. It uses principles resulting from studies carried out in visual identity, and more particularly in graphic semiotics, signage and cartographic representations of information.
- Representation of the information
- Knowledge engineering
- Creation of innovative services
> Represent information, design services
The evolution in the quantity and diversity of information available, especially since the advent of Web 2.0, implies the necessity for methods and tools to facilitate further evolution in the information technology environment.
The goal of information design is to study graphic representations, statistics and dynamics in order to better comprehend often imperceptible and complex phenomena. It uses principles resulting from studies carried out in visual identity, and more particularly in graphic semiotics, signage and cartographic representations of information.
Evolution in digital technologies makes it possible to integrate information design with raw data shaped by means of interactive applications and adapted for use in a wide range of contexts.
> Data driven services
Network users, who are becoming far more numerous and active, expect easily assimilated information and a clear, simple and rapidly accessible outline of services provided.
International initiatives with respect to open data, increase the need for enhanced information design skills. Its use by companies and institutions favors an ascending innovation process with respect to design of services: by allowing for example a better organization of life in the city through real time visualization of energy consumption or by facilitating access to and use of public transport, or even by optimizing the activity of production zones through graphic representation of the circulation of raw materials and industrial products.
Program taught in English
> Academic requirements
These programs are open to all applicants who either:
- hold a Bachelor’s Degree in design or equivalent, or
- have completed at least three years of undergraduate studies in design or equivalent, equating to at least 180 ECTS credits
You may apply before actually receiving the degree or having completed your undergraduate studies. However, admission will only take effect once the degree is obtained or the undergraduate credits have been validated.
Applicants whose level we assess to be insufficient may be recommended to follow a semester or a full year in our International Class before entering the master’s program.
> Language requirements
If you are not a native English speaker, we ask that you provide proof of your English proficiency (minimum level of 700 points at the TOEIC test or equivalent for programs taught in English).
While not mandatory for the programs taught in English, a certain command of French language is recommended for daily life in France and integration purposes.
> How to apply ?
How ? Application can only be done online.
When ? From October 13, 2017 to June 24, 2018
How much does it cost ? Once you have filled out your personal data, you will be required to pay a non-refundable inscription fee of 50€ to cover the administrative costs of your admission process. This payment is only possible by credit card or Paypal and is fully secured.
The selection process is organized as follow:
1. online application and payment of the application fees,
2. sending all the required documents for application,
3. application file review,
4. if your application is accepted and if necessary, a face-to-face or skype interview will be organized.
> Tuition fees
Tuition fees 2018 : 7 700 € per year.
Scholarships: We recommend you contact the French embassy in your country, your local CampusFrance agency.
During the second year of their master’s studies, students have the possibility to prepare double degrees:
- to improve their management skills: the Master’s in Design Degree from L’École de design Nantes Atlantique coupled with a Master’s Degree in “Business Administration,” with a focus on “innovation and entrepreneurship” delivered by the Institut d’Administration des Entreprises (Business Administration Institute of the University of Nantes). The Institut d’Administration des Entreprises is also located in Nantes.
The academic schedule is adapted to allow students to follow both courses. Students may apply for these double degrees during their first year of master’s studies.
The courses in the partner institutes are held in French. A minimum level of CEFR B2 is recommended to be able to follow the courses.
Head of program
Grégoire Cliquet, Director of the READi Design Lab (applied experimental research and interaction design laboratory)
Arnaud Le Roi
Job prospects and further education
> Areas of application
- Strategic monitoring
- Knowledge engineering
- Creation of innovative services
> 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.
Airbus, Crédit Mutuel Arkéa, Dictanova, EP, La Poste, SNCF (société nationale des chemins de fer français), Visualizing.org
Public institutions and associations
Conseil Général de la Loire-Atlantique (The Loire-Atlantique General Council), Libertic, Ouest Média Lab