India Studio

The India Studio of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is currently functioning with its academic collaboration with ‘The Design Village’ in the National Capital Region (Delhi). The program began its operations in Bangalore (Karnataka, India) in 2010 and has evolved into a program that is favored for its approach to Social Innovations, Experiential Learning and Design Management. With this strategic move to Delhi, the school is reinforcing its current presence in India for the development of the Transcultural Design MDes Program and better learning experiences.

The context of the National Capital Region (NCR) provides a number of opportunities in terms of industrial and institutional partnerships. With a vibrant design community that boasts of product designers, Interior designers, architects, space and exhibition designers, fashion designers, design studios; the NCR has over the years evolved into a hotspot for design. With a design event calendar that is set throughout the year with exciting events, the India studio encourages and offers a lot of learning outside the classroom as well.

India Studio by the numbers

  • Open in 2010 in Bangalore, now in Delhi (NCR) since August 2014
  • Yearly intake of 20 students
  • Over 35 alumni


Lecturers and Pedagogy

With a strong emphasis of building better understanding of the academia-industry relations, the school invites lecturers who are working professionals as well to teach. Lecturers of various backgrounds and nationalities come directly from the India design scene to teach courses of the Master degree curriculum in Transcultural Design, and also serve as jurors to the various courses. There are lecturers from the areas of product design, communication design, interaction design, interior design, and graphic design who work in close tandem with the Dean and Program Director Kshitiz Anand for program delivery. There is a strong emphasis on student mentoring and peer learning in the class. The courses are structured to provide experiential learnings conducted through workshops and other outdoor classes and activities.

Local Partners and Industry Relations

Local partner companies, both multinational companies and smaller design studios provide opportunity for internships, and cooperate with the school to provide live projects. With the growing interest in Design, internship opportunities in the National Capital Region and other large cities in India are in plenty, particularly for foreign design students. During these engagements student gets exposed to different ways of working across cross-cultural teams and work from a totally different perspective. This is helpful for a young designer who is interested in working in an international arena.

Studying at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique’s India studio requires one to have an interest in a country rich that is in history, full of fascinating aspects that shape everyday reality. India’s growing economy and high demand for design professionals offer vast capacities to accommodate young designers during and after their studies. The city offers affordable luxurious housing and living arrangements as well as an intense and manifold cultural experience.

See also

Faculty and partners of the India Studio


Hélène Thébault
Responsable pédagogique India Studio

Mobile : +91 9998498551
Skype : helene.thebault

India Studio @ The Design Village
C29 & 75, Sector 8, Noida, UP 201301


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