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International Class / BDes Retail & Interior Design

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

A one-year international program to validate a bachelor level before pursuing a Master in Design (MDes)

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The International Class welcomes French students and international students of various nationalities who wish to join a MDes program through the third (which is the last) year of Bachelor level studies.

The Retail & Interior Design program is specifically tailored for students with an academic background in space design, interior design or scenography.

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More information about this program can be found in the International Experience brochure 2020 ! (PDF, 1.6 M.o.)


The International Class courses are organized in two semesters. Students are enrolled in one of the four programs, follow compulsory courses and have the possibility to follow elective courses.

Workshops are organized in Nantes, with international teachers from partner schools. They provide a project whose theme and methodology is specific to the school they come from.

The program Retail & Interior Design focuses on all perennial spaces (commercial architecture, interior architecture, public space etc.) and temporary spaces (scenography, events etc.) using a user-centered approach.

Course outline
Courses : 700 h per year

English courses
Written and spoken expression
Professional English
Career building
Open Days workshop
Professional skills training
Bachelor project
Project management

Methodology workshop
Long project
Narrative Images
Technical drawing
Drawing on Cintiq tablets
Visual Arts
3DS Max

For international students only
French language and culture

Elective courses for international students only

1st semester : Photography or Illustration
2nd semester : Solidworks, Technical drawing, Rough or 3DS Max
For optional classes, we cannot guarantee a place for each student before the start of the semester.

All classes and workshops are conducted in English. Therefore a basic command of this language is recommended.

Admission requirements


> Prerequisites
Full-year program
You may apply for the one-year undergraduate program taught in English, International Class, if you have completed a minimum of 2 years of undergraduate studies or validated 120 ECTS in space design, interior design or scenography.

2nd semester only
You may apply for the second semester of bachelor’s level studies in English at L’École de design if you have completed a minimum of 2.5 years of undergraduate studies or 150 ECTS (for European students) in one of the fields of design mentioned above.

In either case, it is possible to apply before actually having completed the required level of studies or ECTS. However, admission will only take effect once the degree is obtained or the credits have been validated.

Once accepted, students remain eligible for registration for one year.

Language requirements
All classes and workshops are conducted in English. Therefore a basic command of this language is recommended.
If you are not a native English speaker, we ask that you provide proof of your English proficiency (with a certificate such as TOEIC, TOEFL, Cambridge...). If you are not in possession of such a certificate, you may take an oral assessment by telephone or Skype with a professor from L’École de design.
We require no minimum level of English to apply. However, it is highly recommended that applicants have a good level of English (CEFR B2 if possible) for the following reasons:
• these undergraduate courses are taught in English;
• if you wish to continue your studies at the postgraduate level in one of MDes programs taught in English, you must be able to follow the courses and write your thesis in English;
• if you wish to continue your studies at the postgraduate level, you must obtain a minimum level of 800 points at the TOIEC test (the equivalent of IELTS 5.5,TOEFL iBT 80 points, Cambridge FCE, CPE or CAE, Bulats 60 points) in order to be granted the Master’s Degree in Design from L’École de design Nantes Atlantique (Diplôme de design bac+5).

While not mandatory for the International Class, a certain command of French language is recommended for daily life in France and integration purposes. You can provide any certificate of French language you may already have or you can indicate your current level of French using the CEFR self assessment grid
However, students wishing to continue their studies at the master’s level in one of the programs taught in French will need a good command of both spoken and written French.

> Applications Procedure

Selection of applicants is done based on their registration form, application file, portfolio and interview.
How ? Application can only be done online.
When ? Application for the academic year 2020-2021 will open from December 2019 to 31 August 2020.
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 2020

French students and European Union students : 7,700 € per year.
Non-European Union students : 9,000 € per year.

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If you want to apply as an exchange students, please see "Practical information and dates".

Teaching staff

Head of studies
Stéphane Gouret

Head of undergraduate studies
Nathalie Templier

Head of program
Luc Montessinos

International coordinator
Zoe Lacey
Orianne Besnard

Assistant Head of program
Audrey Dumont

Job prospects and further education

Continuing your studies at L’École de design

Students having successfully completed this undergraduate program may continue their studies at a postgraduate level in one of our MDes programs


Portrait of Laura Loyaza, International Class 3rd year student in BDes Retail & Interior Design

// 06/15/2020

After a first training in Architecture, Laura Loyaza joined L’École de design Nantes Atlantique to deepen her skills in design methodology and to benefit from an international experience.

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