MDes Sustainable Cities / Mutations of the Built Environment

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

A postgraduate program in two years specialized in Mutaions of the Built Environment, a single master’s degree in design

This program is only open to students who validate their undergraduate studies at L’École de design.

Aurélien Ballandras / Loire river overflight / Peculiar footbridge and housing to rediscover the Loire river

The MDes Mutations of the Built Environment 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



The program includes courses like project management (territorial contexts and issues, social issues related to the sustainable city, identity...) and design techniques focusing on the user (civic participation, representations, user-centered design / design for all, regulations, eco-design...).

Program taught in French

Admission requirements

> Academic requirement

This program is only open to students who validate their undergraduate studies at L’École de design.

> Tuition fees

Tuition fees 2019 : 7 700 € per year.


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 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
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, 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.



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 & Accomodation, AURAN (Nantes Metropole Urban Planning Agency), City of Saint Nazaire, CARENE-Saint Nazaire Agglomération


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