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MDes Transcultural Design / Le Studio France

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

An international postgraduate program in two years in France taught in English, 5 topics, a single master’s degree in design

In a context of globalization of exchanges, the understanding of other cultures and other value systems is a major asset for any designer.

The MDes Transultural Design  / Le Studio France encourages the exploration of French culture in an applied interdisciplinary context.

The program revolves around the acquisition of methodological tools from Design Thinking, promoting a comprehensive and user-centered approach to design projects. It emphasizes working in multicultural groups, promoting the exchange of points of view and world views that enrich the concepts proposed by the students.

The program also includes a section devoted to the integration into French culture of design and opportunities for collaboration with companies and institutions that will question the work of students.
The program is taught entirely in English for 2 years.

Students choose one of the 5 topics attached to our Design Labs in order to give an orientation to their projects:


> 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 a French context.
Students will be able to choose to work on projects linked to one of these 5 topics, attached to our Design Labs:

Care Design
How to provide creative, innovative and sustainable solutions to contemporary social issues, such as inclusion, access to services for vulnerable people, children, seniors.

Food Design
How to feed more than 7 billion humans in a sustainable way and promote food that is good for health and the environment, by also reflecting on food production circuits

City Design
Evolution of the built environment and urban transformations. Reflection on the quality of life and services in the city. Mobility in the city, accessibility and services in rural areas.

Media Design
Program centered on Information Design and how to give tangible account to the narrative of reality, in particular through data visualization.

Human Media Design
In the context of the evolution of artificial intelligence, how to imagine the interactions between humans and machines with quality user experiences. Work on interfaces of all types (UX / UI Design).

> Course outline

The MDes programs, established over two years, are organized in four semesters validated by 30 ECTS each.

Semester 1
The goal of this semester for students is to highlight and expand professional knowledge in the context of another culture.

Semester 2
During this semester, students learn how to manage complex design projects, deepen their knowledge of the economic, social and cultural aspects of the field covered in their program, build and apply a methodology and support their end-of-term project. studies, the subject of which they themselves define.

Teaching, delivered in the form of projects in partnership with industry, workshops, lectures, conferences and professional meetings includes the following compulsory credits:
• Design and complexity project
• Workshop to define the end of studies project
• Prospective design project
• Seminar methodologies
• Innovation seminar
• Intellectual property
• Seminar specific to the theme of the program
• Introduction to research workshop
• Professionalisation / lab
• Contests
• TOEIC preparation
• Preparation for the end of studies project, complementary seminar
• Thesis preparation workshop

Semester 3
Continuation and finalization of the end-of-studies project summarizing all the professional skills acquired. It can be conducted in collaboration with a company and / or research laboratory of a partner university. This personal end-of-studies project must be related to the program in which students are enrolled.
Supervision is ensured in the form of workshops under the direction of a referent designer, to which punctual speakers are associated. Writing a thesis in the theme of the project.

• Initiation to law
• introduction to management
• End of studies project workshop
• Thesis Workshop
• Professionalization & lab
• Competitions

Semester 4
The study program ends with a minimum of sixteen weeks (and a maximum of six months) internship within a company, in France or abroad.
Trainees work as junior designers and support all or part of a project.
The student must demonstrate his ability to integrate into a team, manage a project and develop all the sequences of the project for its smooth running. It allows the student to articulate all of his studies with what will be his first professional experience.
Depending on the professional project of the student, this internship can also take place within a company that the student will create, or even within a research laboratory.

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 ? Applications are open on our website from December 2019 to 31 August 2020.
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. creation of the Applicant Page and payment of the application fees (€50),
2. upload of the application file,
3. application file review,
4. if your application is accepted and if necessary, a face-to-face or video-conference interview will be organized.

> Tuition fees 2020

French students and European Union students : 7,700 € per year.
Non-European Union students : 9,000 € per year.

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

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> Obtain a visa for France

You will need to obtain a long-stay student visa before arriving in France. The form request must be made to the French embassy or consulate of your country of residence at least 3 months before your departure or to the Campus France of your region.

Holders of a long-stay visa valid for their stay must validate it online within 3 months of their arrival in France on the OFII website (website available in French, English and Chinese).
Students wishing to extend their stay beyond the dates indicated on their visa must apply for a residence permit from the prefecture of Nantes.

Teaching staff

Head of program
Mickaël Corbard

Assistant Head of program
Caroline Chirache

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, French language, understanding the context of another country, 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.


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