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MDes City Design

  • // Initial Education & Apprenticeship
  • // Program taught in French
  • // Nantes (France)

Work around the built environment and mobility and use your technical skills to become a designer project manager.

Myriam Burgaud, Léo Mouroux, Loïc Renaud & Benoit Sauzeau / Neoned / Prospective project in partnership with EDF / Accompanying the transformation of cities and optimising energy production in cities through a global system

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.

The MDes City Design explores the concept of accessibility and co-design to create sustainable and innovative spaces, products and services, in all areas of application. It is based on a human-centered and participatory approach, within a universal design (Design for all).

Main themes

  • Sustainable projects management
  • Conception technics focused on the user
  • Architecture
  • Public space
  • Spatial design for event management
  • Furniture

This program is entirely taught in French.
If you hold a bachelor degree in design and are interested in a program taught in English in Nantes, we suggest you : Le Studio France / City Design


More information about our international programs can be found in the International Experience brochure 2021! (PDF, 4.3 M.o.)


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.

> Course outline

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 French.

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


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).

A French level equivalent to 4/B2 assessed by a TCF1 or DELF2 test is required to join the program.

> How to apply?

  • How? Application can only be done online on our application website
  • When? Applications are closed for the academic year 2022-2023.

  • 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): €95

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”

Double degree

During their fifth year, students enrolled in a MDes program taught in French in Nantes can prepare a double degree to improve certain skills.
For more information about our Double degrees, please go to this page

Teaching staff

Head of program
Florent Orsoni, Director of the Sustainable Cities Design Lab

Educational Coordinator
Anaïs Jacquard

Job prospects and further education

> Areas of application

  • Working space
  • Housing environment
  • Public space
  • Spatial design for event management
  • Furniture
  • Signage
  • Scenography
  • New urban services

> Master’s degree in design

As all our master programs, the MDes City Design 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.


> Industries

Banque Populaire Atlantique, COGEDIM, Groupe Bouygues Immobilier, La Poste, Nantes Métropole Habitat, Normall, Sigma Informatique, Tarkett.

> Educational institutions

INNOVATHEQUE (center of innovative design material research)
Institute for Human Centered Design

> Public institutions

Ministry of Culture and Communication, Department of Loire-Atlantique, City of Nantes, Nantes Metropole, DREAL Pays de la Loire (Pays de la Loire Regional Directorate for the Environment, Development and Housing), Pays de la Loire Region , SAMOA (the company for the redevelopment of the western Atlantic urban area), Ecology, Ministry of Sustainable Development, Transport & Accommodation, AURAN (Nantes Metropole Urban Planning Agency), City of Saint Nazaire, CARENE-Saint Nazaire Agglomération