MDes Human Machine Design / Tangible UX Design

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

A postgraduate program in two years specialized in Tangible UX Design, a single master’s degree in design

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

Manon Le Coent / Fruidge / Module de conservation intelligent

The MDes program Tangible UX 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.

Main themes

  • Development of user-centered digital services
  • Connected objects
  • Gaming applications
  • Mobile services
  • Pervasive computing
  • Research on multisensory interfaces


The Tangible UX Design program trains designers specialized in the development of user-centered digital services.
As information technology is becoming increasingly popular and keeps expanding over our material environment, the ways human beings interact with information systems reach way beyond the oppositions between real and virtual, hardware and software. In a world where connected devices are omnipresent, the wide range of available uses pushes designers to invent new interface scenarios to make sure “ambient computing” produces user-centered technologies.

Program taught in French


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 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.
  • to prepare a double degree with the DU DESSiiN, a university degree dedicated to connected objects, in partnership with the University of Nantes and Telecom Bretagne engineering school.

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.

Teaching staff

Head of program
Grégoire Cliquet, Director of the READi Design Lab (applied experimental research and interaction design laboratory)

Educational Coordinator
Arnaud Le Roi

Job prospects and further education

Areas of application

  • Connected objects
  • Gaming applications
  • Toys
  • Games
  • Work equipment
  • Mobile services
  • Pervasive computing
  • Research on multisensory interfaces
  • Collaborative / interactive work

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

La Cantine numérique (Nantes)/Atlantic 2.0 Clarté, Pôle Images et Réseaux, SAMOA/Quartier de la Création, Stéréolux, Trempolino

Educational institutions

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



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