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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

This MDes program leads to the master’s level degree (Diplôme de design) certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education.

Regarding the actual health situation, this program will not open for the academic year 2022-2023

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

Curriculum

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.

Courses:
• 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, 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 3rd year of DN MADE / International Class before entering the master’s program.

> Language requirements

English

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).
French

Not mandatory for the programs taught in English

> How to apply?

Regarding the actual health situation, this program will not open for the academic year 2022-2023

> Tuition fees 2022

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

+ CVEC (Student and campus life contribution): €92

More information regarding the CVEC

> Scholarships

Please go to our dedicated page

> Obtain a visa for China

Final admission will only take effect when the necessary visa is obtained, if applicable.

For more information, please go to the item “study in Shanghai”

Teaching staff

Director of Postgraduate Studies
Nathalie Ciprian

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, the MDes International Design Strategy / China Studio leads to the Master’s level 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 7 Master’s degree.


To know more about "Le Diplôme de design bac +5", please check out Our degrees’ page.

> Further education 

The Master’s level degree confers the "Grade de master", and you can pursue your education at a PhD level.

Partners

> Industries

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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