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MDes International Design Strategy / Le Studio Montreal

  • // Initial Education

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

Mini startup workshop

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

> An international program focused on innovation and entrepreneurship

This program aims to immerse students in the world of technological and cultural entrepreneurship in order to understand how it works and its particularities. Sudents are hosted in North American incubators and work in an international context.

This MDes program taught in French alternates one week of internship in a company and one week of classes during 3 semesters in Montreal, then students will then have the opportunity to complete their final internship in Canada or anywhere in the world.

> Montréal, Québec

Montreal is a very attractive city, renowned for its quality of life, its openness to diversity, its many festivals, its affordable housing and its dynamic ecosystem of startups.

> Topics covered

Cultural immersion
Technological entrepreneurship
Creative Industries

Program in partnership with

Centech, a world-class incubator dedicated to deeptech companies with high growth potential that stand out in the fields of medical technologies, microelectronics and other smart objects, among others

, a incubator that supports and propels creative entrepreneurs using technology to develop products and content that revolutionize the cultural, creative and entertainment industries by generating innovative projects and world-class intellectual properties 

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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.

Due to immigration regulations, only students of nationalities benefiting from the IEC (International Experience Canada) program, a young professional permit, are eligible to attend Studio Montreal.

> Curriculum

This program is tailored to immerse students in the field of technological entrepreneurship so that they understand its inner workings and peculiarities. With a strong professional emphasis, this program taught in French alternates periods of  internship in a company and courses.

Design students will be immersed in the startups of the 8th best incubator in the world: Centech, or Zú, a creative incubator at the heart of the future of entertainment.

Centech is a world-class incubator dedicated to deeptech companies with high growth potential that stand out in the fields of medical technologies, microelectronics and other smart objects, among others. The Centech has the opportunity to host in its premises the innovation cells of Canadian and international corporations with which the students will be able to collaborate.

supports and propels creative entrepreneurs using technology to develop products and content that revolutionize the cultural, creative and entertainment industries by generating innovative projects and world-class intellectual properties

Pedagogical program year 1 (semesters 1 & 2)

The first year of this Master’s program alternates between one-week internships in companies and one-week courses, with 21 weeks of courses and 18 weeks of internships over the year.

During the first year, 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 is delivered in the form of projects in partnership with industry, workshops, lectures, conferences and professional meetings.
In addition to the pedagogical content, the goal for students is to highlight and expand the professional achievements in the context of another culture.

Courses:
• 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

Pedagogical program year 2

Semester 3
Always on a rhythm combining work-study and academic training, 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 Canada or anywhere in the world.
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

The program is established over four semesters organized on the basis of 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits per semester.

Admission requirements

This program is only open to students who completed their bachelor at L’École de design Nantes Atlntique.

> Tuition fees 2023

French students and European Union students : €8,900 per year
Non-European Union students : €9,800 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 Québec

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

You will need to take the necessary steps to obtain your IEC (International Experience Canada) visa for Le Studio Montréal.
This type of visa resulted from an agreement between Canada and certain countries, we draw your attention to the fact that not all countries are eligible.
For more information, please inquire on the official website of the Government of Canada.

Teaching staff

Deputy Executive Director
Stéphane Gouret

Le Studio Montreal - program coordinator
Julie Le Ster

Job prospects and further education

> International career prospects

This program trains students to become global players understanding Canadian context better, and most of all, improve 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 Montréal 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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New partnership between L’École de design Nantes Atlantique and Zú, a Quebec-based incubator, created by the founder of Cirque du Soleil

// 04/05/2022

L’École de design Nantes Atlantique and Zú, a Quebec-based incubator created by Guy Laliberté, founder of the famous Cirque du Soleil officially signed a partnership.