MDes New Eating Habits / Food Design

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

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

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Within the MDes Food Design, designers explore and project future scenarios for food industry. They work in multidisciplinary teams, imagine new concepts and give shape to tomorrow’s food while meeting sanitation, social and environmental issues.

Main themes

  • Food and new technologie
  • Healthy food
  • Protein transition (from meat to other sources of protein)

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The New Eating Design Lab focuses on a very recent speciality : Food Design, including the food itself and its anthropological approach.

Public health challenges, as well as high geopolitical and environmental stakes, are leading to an evolution in contemporary eating habits. Food Design seeks to reconcile well-being, pleasure and appeal with these issues and cultural requirements. New uses, increasingly diverse food systems and new distribution systems will also be taken into account.

Within this program, designers explore innovation projetcs and new concepts. They work in multidisciplinary teams, imagine new concepts and give shape to tomorrow’s food while meeting sanitation, social and environmental issues. They also imagine new ways of consumption, including production, distribution, preparation and tasting, new services related to distribution and packaging, and the integration of technical innovations.

Areas of application
Food culture, local product, tourism
Food transformation and preparation
Distribution systems

This program is taught in French.

Admission requirements

> Academic requirements

These programs are 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 600 points at the TOEIC test or equivalent for programs taught in French).

A minimum level of CEFR B2 in French is mandatory for non-native speakers who wish to apply for a MDes taught in French language.

> How to apply ?

How ? Application can only be done online.
When ? Applications are open from October 13, 2017 to June 24, 2018
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 2018 : 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.

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


Teaching staff

Head of program
Dolly Daou, Director of the New Eating Habits Design Lab.

Educational coordinator
Aude Chaigneau-Messager

Job prospects and further education

> Areas of application

  • Food transformation and preparation
  • Packaging and food outlets
  • Distribution
  • Branding and communication

> 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.

To know more about this diplome, check out the Our degrees page.


Appolia, Brioche Pasquier, Brossard Savane, Carrefour, Charal, Cryolog, Elle et Vire, Eurial-Soignon, Fleury Michon, La Boulangère, Monbana, Panzani, Seb-Tefal, Sodebo, Système U, Terraillon, Tipiak

Competitiveness clusters
Accelerise - French Food Tech, Cap-Aliment - Food for Tomorrow, Ligépack, Nova Child,Valorial, Vitagora

Educational institutions
ADRIA Normandie Technical Food Industry, Institute, Oniris (National Veterinary School), University of Nantes, ID4Food-regional platform for food innovation ESA, Oniris, Université de Nantes, Audencia et L’École de design)


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