MDes Digital Design
- // Initial Education & Apprenticeship
Explore the impact of digital innovation on our life experiences and become a designer project manager.
This MDes program leads to the master’s level degree (Diplôme de design) certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education.
The MDes program Digital Design explores the concept of tangibility and materiality of the information for the conception of innovative products and services, in every area. It is based on hybridization between objects, environments and information systems.
- Development of user-centered digital services
- Connected objects
- Gaming applications
- Mobile services
- Pervasive computing
- Research on multisensory interfaces
This program is entirely taught in French.
If you hold a bachelor degree in design and are interested in a program taught in English in Nantes, we suggest you :"Le Studio France - Digital 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.
> Course outline
Teaching program – 1st year
Students who are joining L’École de design Nantes Atlantique at postgraduate level benefit from an integration semester. The goal of this semester for students is to highlight and expand professional knowledge in the context of another culture.
• Welcome, transcultural content & technical skills (78h)
• Integration & skills development – creativity, methodology, marketing and projects (190h)
• Optional courses (42h)
Students who completed their undergraduate studies at L’École de design spend this semester abroad, either in academic exchange or internship as a junior designer (13 weeks minimum).
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 are delivered in the form of projects in partnership with industry, workshops, lectures, conferences and professional meetings.
• Design projects and seminars (186h)
• TOEIC preparation and languages courses (44h)
• End of studies project and thesis workshop (60h)
• Professionalization & lab (32h)
• Competitions (40h)
Teaching program – 2nd year
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 (15h)
• Introduction to management (15h)
• End of studies project and thesis workshop (112h)
• Professionalization & lab (120h)
• Competitions (40h)
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.
Program taught in French.
> Academic requirements
This program is open to all applicants who either:
• hold a Bachelor’s Degree in design or equivalent
• have completed at least three years of undergraduate studies in design or equivalent, equating to at least 180 ECTS credits
> Language requirements
If you are not a native English speaker, we ask that you provide proof of your English proficiency (minimum level of 600 points at the TOEIC test or equivalent).
A French level equivalent to 4/B2 assessed by a TCF1 or DELF2 test is required to join the program.
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 / 3rd year of DN MADE before entering the master’s program.
Selection of applicants is done based on their registration form, application file, portfolio and interview.
How ? Application can only be done online on our application website.
When ? Application for the academic year 2021-2022 are open from November 2, 2020 to June 30, 2021 and are organized in 7 sessions.
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, payment of the application fees (€50), and uploading all the required documents for application,
2. application file review,
3. if your application is accepted: invitation to an interview during which you will have to present your portfolio.
If you do not reside in France, this interview may be done by telephone or video-conference.
> Tuition fees 2021
French students and European Union students : 7,700 € per year.
Non-European Union students : 9,000 € per year.
During their fifth year students can prepare a double degree to improve certain skills.
Master’s Degree in Business Administration, delivered by the Business Administration Institute of the University of Nantes. Open to all the MDes programs taught in France (except the MDes Digital Design ).
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.
Head of program
Frédérique Krupa, Director of the Digital Design Lab (applied experimental research and interaction design laboratory)
Arnaud Le Roi
Job prospects and further education
Areas of application
Innovative design tools
Applications for therapeutic use
All services and applications offering new ways of interacting and representational systems in a three-dimensional environment.
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.
AMA (groupe Guillemot), Bodet, Dassault Systèmes, Orange Labs, PSA, Proginov Touchlab, Wiztivi, Groupe SEB, Abri Services, MAIF, BIG BEN
Competitiveness clusters and associations
Clarté, Conseil départemental du Val d’Oise, La Cantine numérique (Nantes) / Atlantic 2.0, Le Lieu Unique, Pôle Images et Réseaux, SAMOA (Société d’Aménagement Ouest Atlantique) / Quartier de la Création, Stéréolux, Trempolino
Arts et Métiers Angers-Laval (ENSAM)/ Laboratory Presence and Innovation (member of the Design&Emotion Research Group)
Télécom Bretagne (Computer Systems and Network Engineering)
University of Nantes – Polytech