MDes Transcultural Design / China Studio
- // Initial Education
- // Program taught in English
- // Shanghai (China)
A postgraduate program in two years specialized in Transcultural Design, a single master’s degree in design
Throughout the MDes Transultural Design / China Studio students will learn to decipher the local behaviors and understand the Chinese market to offer a coherent project, adapted to users, with an anthropological approach to design.This program is a stepping stone to an international designer career.
- Design in a Chinese context
- Multicultural approach
> Shanghai, China
Shanghai is a strategic location to develop an intercultural design because of its dynamism and its recent evolution. It also represents a great field of observation and experimentation for understanding and internalizing Chinese codes and uses.
Throughout this course, students will learn to decipher the local behaviours and understand the Chinese market to offer a coherent project, adapted to users, with an anthropological approach to design.
The China Studio takes part in the Design Labs (located in Nantes) expertise while working on common issues.
> A unique two-year program
Students conduct their master studies from within the realm of their design discipline, and with a spirit of integration into an Asian context. During applied projects conducted with local partner companies, students form interdisciplinary design teams working on real assignments for Asian clients.
The MDes program covers four full semesters of accredited curriculum, with 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit rewarded per semester. During the first semester, beginning in September, students participate in an orientation seminar before starting their internships. The second semester offers a densely packed schedule of instruction and projects, lead by teaching staff and professional designers. The third semester is dedicated to focused, individual work on a thesis and a personal design project related to Transcultural Design. The fourth semester releases students into a final internship experience, ideally also conducted in an Asian, or at least otherwise international context, and ends with a thesis defense in which each student presents him- or herself as a professional designer.
Program taught in English
> 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 ? 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.
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.
> Obtain a visa for China
After confirmation of your admission at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, you are required to start the administrative procedures in order to obtain a student visa (X) for China.
If you are not an European citizen: contact the China Campus of L’École de design so we can assist you with the procedures.
If you are an European student:
In order to obtain the visa, you need to follow the 2 steps procedure:
Getting the JW202 form and the admission attest from the University of Shanghai
Getting the student visa (X) from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in your country.
Head of Program
Job prospects and further education
> International career prospects
This program trains students to become global players who can converse fluently in English and possibly even local, Asian languages, understanding Chinese context better, and most of all, steep themselves in 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, 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.
Carrefour, Decathlon, Groupe ADEO, Hisense, Kohler, Leroy Merlin, Ultra Violet by Paul PAIRET
Creative Capital, centdegres, In Process, Octopus Innovation, Quintessence
City of Shanghai, French Chamber of Commerce, Alliance Française, University of Shanghai, UTSEUS
The school’s collaboration with the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts reaches a new milestone with the inauguration of the Sino-French Design Center, part of the new Sheng Park building complex.