MDes Sustainable Cities / Environmental Design

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

A postgraduate program in two years, taught in English, specialized in Social Design, a single master’s degree in design

Program specially tailored for students from all over the world who want to integrate our MDes

Sarah Brossard, Vanessa Jaunâtre, Thomas Gauthier / New forms of fast food

This program explores simultaneously the evolution of our built environment and the urban transformations in a context of rapid change, with the requirements of a sustainable, accessible and smart city, conceived in a spirit of universal co-design (Design for All), fully integrated.

Main themes

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

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Cities are rapidly changing: new means of travel, new products and new forms of energy are emerging. The city gets more than ever in motion and raises new issues for the design of public spaces: it has to be multimodal, hyper-connected and accessible to everyone.
New services emerge, new needs arise, the city is redesigned, living spaces are transformed, and habits change.

This program is 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.
When ? From October 12, 2018 to June 2, 2019
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
The selection process is organized as follow:
1. online application and payment of the application fees,
2. sending all the required documents for application,
3. application file review,
4. if your application is accepted and if necessary, a face-to-face or skype interview will be organized.

> Tuition fees

Tuition fees 2019 : 7 700 € per year.

Scholarships: We recommend you contact the French embassy in your country, your local CampusFrance agency.

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Double degree

During their fifth year students can prepare a double degree to improve certain skills.

Master’s Degree in Business Administration, delivered by the Business Administration Institute of the University of Nantes. Open to all the MDes programs taught in France (except the MDes UX Design option Design & Virtual Reality).

This program taught by a partner institution is in French. A minimum level of CEFR B2 is recommended to be able to follow the courses.

Teaching staff

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

Educational Coordinator
Anaïs Jacquard

Job prospects and further education

> Continuing your studies

Depending on their command of French, in 2nd year of MDes, students have the possibility to pursue in 2nd year of postgraduate studies:

  • in the Environmental Design program taught in English
  • in the Urban Design program taught in French

> Master’s degree in design

As all our master programs, this one leads you to the Master’s 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 I Master’s degree.


Groupe Bouygues Immobilier, Gruau, Lippi, Lumiplan, NGE, SCE (groupe Keran), Normall, SNCF (société nationale des chemins de fer français), SEMITAN (Société d’économie mixte des transports en commun de l’agglomération nantaise), RATP (Régie autonome des transports parisiens)

Public institutions
ETE (Council of Architecture, Urbanism and Environment), Keolis ,the Port of Nantes-Saint Nazaire, Nantes social housing agency, City of Nantes, SAMOA (the company for the redevelopment of the western Atlantic urban area)

Institutions of higher education or research
ESSCA Angers, ESTACA (engineering school specializing in transport), ISMANS, National School of Architecture of Nantes, University of Nantes, UTSEUS



// Élise Lecuyer

Elise Lecuyer’s end of studies project is exhibited at Design L’Expo 2017. A project focused on Initiating personal reconstruction in migrants through the appropriation of transitional housing.

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