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MDes International Design Strategy / China Studio

  • // Initial Education
  • // Program taught in English
  • // Shanghai (China)

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

Throughout the MDes International Design Strategy / China Studio students will learn to decipher the local behaviors and understand the Chinese market to offer a coherent project, adapted to users, with an anthropological approach to design.This program is a stepping stone to an international designer career.

Program in partnership with the Fineart college of Shanghai University

Main themes

  • Anthropology
  • Design in a Chinese context
  • Multicultural approach


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 in an internship as a junior designer (13 weeks minimum). They follow before this internship a module including a welcome seminar and methodology-transculturality (80h), language courses and local culture (30h).

The goal of this semester for students 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.

> Shanghai, China

Shanghai is a strategic location to develop an intercultural design because of its dynamism and its recent evolution. It also represents a great field of observation and experimentation for understanding and internalizing Chinese codes and uses.
Throughout this course, students will learn to decipher the local behaviours and understand the Chinese market to offer a coherent project, adapted to users, with an anthropological approach to design.

The China Studio takes part in the Design Labs (located in Nantes) expertise while working on common issues.

> A unique two-year program

Students conduct their master studies from within the realm of their design discipline, and with a spirit of integration into an Asian context. During applied projects conducted with local partner companies, students form interdisciplinary design teams working on real assignments for Asian clients.

Program taught in English


Admission requirements

> 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
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 the International Class / 3rd year of DN MADE 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 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.

Selection process
The selection process is organized as follow:
1. online application and payment of the application fees (€50),
2. uploading all the required documents for application,
3. application file review,
4. if your application is accepted, a face-to-face or video-conference interview will be organized.

> Tuition fees 2021

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

Scholarships: We recommend you contact the French embassy in your country, your local CampusFrance agency.

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> Obtain a visa for China

After confirmation of your admission at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, you are required to start the administrative procedures in order to obtain a student visa (X) for China.

If you are not an European citizen: contact the China Campus of L’École de design so we can assist you with the procedures.

If you are an European student:
In order to obtain the visa, you need to follow the 2 steps procedure:
Getting the JW202 form and the admission attest from the University of Shanghai
Getting the student visa (X) from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in your country.



Teaching staff

Head of Program

Job prospects and further education

> International career prospects

This program trains students to become global players who can converse fluently in English and possibly even local, Asian languages, understanding Chinese context better, and most of all, steep themselves in the ability to design for clients and employers from other cultures. It is a living experience that will change its participants, often opening up unexpected, exciting international career opportunities.

> 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.


Carrefour, Decathlon, Groupe ADEO, Hisense, Kohler, Leroy Merlin, Ultra Violet by Paul PAIRET

Design agencies
Creative Capital, centdegres, In Process, Octopus Innovation, Quintessence

Public institutions
City of Shanghai, French Chamber of Commerce, Alliance Française, University of Shanghai, UTSEUS



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