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MDes International Design Strategy / Le Studio France

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

An immersive experience into the reality of design in France.

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

The academic year 2022 will start in the new school building located at 61 boulevard de la Prairie au Duc in Nantes.

In a context of globalization of exchanges, the understanding of other cultures and other value systems is a major asset for any designer. The MDes International Design Strategy / Le Studio France encourages the exploration of French culture in an applied interdisciplinary context.

This program offers a great opportunity to carry out design projects in a multicultural context. It allows a good integration and a better approach of the methodology as taught at school through design practices.

Le Studio France welcomes students from various nationalities and design backgrounds. It encourages a cross-cultural approach to design and collaborations that will enhance the creativity of the students.

The goal of this program is to prepare adaptable and well-rounded design professionals that can address a wide range of design projects in a fast-changing world.
Students will learn how to manage a project from the definition of the design problem to the final presentation in front of a client, organize their work and their team efficiently, and thus hone their skills through inspiring design projects.

Within this program, students will work on projects linked to our 5 topics, attached to our Design Labs:

Program taught in English and organized in 2 years.

More information about the MDes International Design Strategy / Le Studio France can be found in the International Experience brochure 2021! (PDF, 7.6 M.o.)


> A unique two-year program

The program revolves around the acquisition of methodological tools from Design Thinking, promoting a comprehensive and user-centered approach to design projects. It emphasizes working in multicultural groups, promoting the exchange of points of view and world views that enrich the concepts proposed by the students. The program also includes a section devoted to the integration into French culture of design and opportunities for collaboration with companies and institutions that will question the work of students.
Part of the curriculum is composed of elective courses and projects that will enable students to customize courses to their needs. With several projects carried out every year in close collaboration with companies or institutions as well as a 4- to 6-month internship during the second year, the MDes International Design strategy program is aimed at building up experience of real work situations in the design field.
A one-year long End of study project and thesis will also allow students to better define their identity and values as a designers.

Students will be able to choose to work on projects linked to one of these 5 topics, attached to our Design Labs:

  • Care Design - How to provide creative, innovative and sustainable solutions to contemporary social issues, such as inclusion, access to services for vulnerable people, children, seniors.
  • City Design - Evolution of the built environment and urban transformations. Reflection on the quality of life and services in the city. Mobility in the city, accessibility and services in rural areas.
  • Digital Design - In the context of the evolution of artificial intelligence, how to imagine the interactions between humans and machines with quality user experiences. Work on interfaces of all types (UX / UI Design). 
  • Food Design - How to feed more than 7 billion humans in a sustainable way and promote food that is good for health and the environment, by also reflecting on food production circuits
  • Media Design - Program centered on Information Design and how to give tangible account to the narrative of reality, in particular through data visualization.

> Course outline

The MDes programs, established over two years, are organized in four semesters validated by 30 ECTS each.
Consult the MDes course description

Teaching program – 1st year

Semester 1
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).

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 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

Semester 1
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)

Semester 2
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 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 International Class 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 ? Applications are open from November 8, 2021 to June 30, 2022 for the academic year 2022-2023.
    They are organized in 7 sessions:
    December session: until December 15, 2021
    January session: from December 16, 2021 to January 31, 2022
    February session: from February 1 to February 28, 2022
    March session: from March 1 to March 31, 2022
    April session: from April 1 to April 30, 2022
    May session: from May 1 to May 31, 2022
    June session: from June 1 to June 30, 2022
  • 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
1. Online application and payment of the application fees (€50);
2. Uploading all the required documents for application;
3. Application file review and interview if your application file is accepted;
4. Publication of the admissions results at the end of each admission session;
More information about the selection process

> 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 France

Final admission will only take effect when the necessary visa is obtained, if applicable.
For more information, please go to the item “obtaining a visa”

Teaching staff

Head of program
Mickaël Corbard

Assistant Head of program
Caroline Chirache

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, French language, understanding the context of another country, 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 / Le Studio France 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.


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