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China Studio

L’École de design’s studio in Shanghai

The China Studio of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, open since 2008, is located in Shanghai, in partnership with the Academy of Fine Arts. The permanent staff and the associated faculty of lecturers and professional designers are organizing the International Design Strategy 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 Academy of Fine Arts in the building complex of Sheng Park.

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 project has grown to be sustained and is now at the heart of the Sino-French design center of Shanghai University.

For a current roll between 30 to 40 students, 25 industry professionals are teaching, delivering lectures, supervising student work, and performing juror duty at the school.

China Studio by the numbers

• Open since 2008, located in Shanghai since 2010
• Around 40 students at Master level (1st and 2nd year) and around 20 new graduates each year
• Around 50 business partners and partner institutions

In partnership with Shanghai University

Signature of an MOU for the creation of the Sino-French Design Center by C. Guellerin, director of L’École de design, during the founding ceremony of the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Shanghai, december 2016

China Studio - an environment conducive to creation

With its dedicated surface of 300m2, the China Studio is integrated to the building complex of Sheng Park, at the heart of the Academy of Fine Arts of Shanghai University. Close to Shanghai city center, the China Studio has a living space, 2 classrooms, a model workshop and benefits from a creative industry dedicated environment facilities (cafeteria and shops).

Professionals from international and eclectic backgrounds, active members of the design professional community in Shanghai, deliver courses as part of the MDes International Design Strategy and perform juror duties. Coming from all the continents, they represent the wide range of design professions.

Find out more about the China Studio office

Workshop in partnership with Décathlon Shanghai

A partner company network for a real international and professional experience

Our many partner companies, Chinese and International, offer internships opportunities and collaboration with the school through field projects. Studying at L’École de design’s China Studio requires professionalism, accountability, maturity and discipline, as well as a good team player attitude, as the partner companies expect a Junior Designer’s level of workload and technical skills. There are many internships offers, not only in Shanghai but also throughout China and Asia.

Find out more about the China Studio team and partners


Nathalie CIPRIAN,
Director of postgraduate studies

tél. : +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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