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International DN MADE / Industrial Product Design

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

DN MADE, national diploma in fine crafts and design

Program organized in 2 years and taught in English

A national diploma in industrial design, taught in english and organized in 2 years.

This program, organized in two years, offers a specialization in the fields of industrial design. Product design is a design activity concerning consumer goods (household appliances, cars, furniture, packaging, homeware, etc), as well as capital goods (professional equipment, tools, public transport, street furniture, etc.), whether they are manufactured on an industrial scale or by craft production.

Open to students from all over the world who have completed a minimum of one year in Product Design.

The DN MADE, national diploma in fine crafts and design, is a state recognized degree leading to the award of a bachelor degree after three years of studies.

Its purpose is also to welcome students from our partner schools for an academic exchange semester.

Program taught in English / Students from all over the world who have completed a minimum of one year in Product Design are eligible to apply.


The program is organized around 3 poles distributed during the 2 years of the program :


  • Humanities (Philosophy and Human Sciences, literature)
  • Culture of arts, design and techniques


methodologies, techniques and modern languages, with also a module on the economic and legal contexts


(creative workshops, professionalization)

Micro-projects lead students to discover the different phases of a design project and allow them to acquire methodological tools and technical and creative know-how.

DN MADE 2 : 970 hours
DN MADE 3 : 860 hours

ECTS credits: 60 credits per year

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a points system developed by the European Union to facilitate the mobility of students in Europe.

Admission requirements


> Prerequisites

Full-year program

You may apply for the two-year undergraduate program taught in English, DN MADE  if you have completed a minimum of 1 year of undergraduate studies or validated 60 ECTS in product design.

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 (minimum 600 points at the TOEIC test or equivalent). 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;
• You must obtain 780 points at the TOEIC test are requested to obtain the DN MADE degree
• 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 TOEIC 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 DN MADE, 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 are open from December 2019 to June 30, 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 € 
Non-European Union students : 9,000 € 

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


If you want to apply as an exchange students, please see "How to apply as an exchange student".

Teaching staff

Head of studies
Stéphane Gouret

Head of undergraduate studies
Nathalie Templier

Head of program
Luc Montessinos

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.


Message to Applicants: Application Procedures continuity at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique

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Message to Applicants: Application Procedures continuity at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique

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