China Studio

L’École de design’s campus in Shanghai

The China Studio of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, open since 2008, is located in Shanghai, in partnership with Shanghai University. The permanent staff and the associated faculty of lecturers and professional designers are organizing the Transcultural Design China Studio MDes program in close relation with this fostering business environment.

An international staff for a transcultural approach

The Shanghai Studio of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is integrated into the Fine Arts Building on the large and attractively landscaped campus of Shanghai University. Initially started in Qingdao, the project was moved to Shanghai in 2009 to benefit from a vast industry network and a grown design community. The original student numbers have grown nearly five-fold now, along with the faculty. Permanent staff are Eric Mazodier, course leader of the Transcultural Design MDes and Jia Quan. For a roll of now 60 students approximately, 15 industry professionals are teaching, delivering lectures, supervising student work, and performing juror duty at the school.

China Studio by the numbers

  • Open since 2008, in Shanghai since 2010
  • 70 to 80 students at Master level
  • Around 50 business partners and partner institutions

In partnership with Shanghai University

A symbiotic relation with Shanghai University

As a hosted institution inside the very large and successful Shanghai University, L’École de design Nantes Atlantique’s operations benefit from a friendly relationship with the university and the amenities it provides, such as good transport facilities, cafeterias, libraries, sports facilities, and opportunities to be immersed in a typically Chinese campus setting. Shanghai University occupies a campus of approximately 9 km² (2223 acres). Lecturers of various, international backgrounds come directly from the vibrant design scene of Shanghai to teach courses of the Master degree curriculum in Transcultural Design, and serve as jurors. At present, lecturer nationalities are French, Brazilian, British, German, Singaporean, Chinese, Hongkongese, American, and Australian. There are lecturers from the areas of product design, communication design, interaction design, interior design, and graphic design.

A network of business partners for a truly international professional experience

A large number of partner companies provides opportunity for internships, and cooperates with the school to provide live projects. Studying at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique’s Shanghai studio requires a professional and responsible mindset with a good ability to perform teamwork, and adhering to a mature behavior regimen, as partner companies will tend to expect work and technical skills at junior designer level throughout. Internship opportunities abound not only in Shanghai but also further afield.

See also :

The site of the China Studio
Faculty and partners of the China Studio



Mr Eric MAZODIER, Head of Studies for the Transcultural Design MDes

WeChat: chinapedago


Phone: +86 156 1809 7871

L’École de design Nantes Atlantique - China Studio

520, Zhenda road Baoshan District
Shanghai P.R.C


The China Studio project has been undertaken in collaboration with the Pays de la Loire Region.

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