MDes Care / Social 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

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This program aims to explore the social issues through a participatory and co-constructed design approach. Its purpose, through Social innovation actions, is to improve quality of life, well-being, and health, focusing on the most vulnerable populations. Besides field research work, the educational program develops participatory methodologies adapted to the studied systems and co-constructing solutions rooted in reality.

Main themes

  • Economic patterns : companies’ long-term success and sustainability, design as a strategic tool in the business;
  • Global design : keeping in mind the social and environmental responsibility of design;
  • The concept of « second project »: the devices are conceived to leave a margin of negotiation and harmonization between users and their ecosystem.

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The Social Design program aims to provide creative, innovative and sustainable solutions to contemporary social issues.

> Become a responsible designer

Pollution, natural disasters, overpopulation, need for new energies... Design must try to offer new answers to these evolutions by providing a global and systemic vision of the world.
Designers must imagine sustainable concepts applicable to all, not only to answer today’s challenges, but also to anticipate the upcoming evolutions.

This program aims to shape creative designers managers, committed to an ethical reflexion, whi can go against the mainstream ideas and listen to a constantly changing reality.

> Get a sustainable design expertise

During this master’s program, students develop their skills and know-how through many projects, workshops, seminars, courses... They are led to research, manage data, display it, extract emergent themes and patterns in order to identify the problems of targeted population groups, and then to develop a product or a service that will have a real impact on people’s life.

Program 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
Clémence Montagne, director of the Care Design Lab

Educational Coordinator
Simon Boussard

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 Social Design program taught in English
  • in the Health & Social Innovation 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.


Armor Group, Crédit Mutuel Arkéa, Décathlon (Artengo), Del Piscines, Gémo, Linak, Système U

Competitiveness clusters & Public Institutions
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Maine et Loire, Pays de la Loire Region, Unis-Cités, Loire-Atlantique Departement, Nantes Métropole


Clémence Montagne, Care Design Lab Director

// 09/17/2018

Urban planner and geographer, Clémence Montagne joins l’École de design as Care Design Lab Director.

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