The school environment in 2022
In September 2022, L’École de design Nantes Atlantique will move to the "Ile de Nantes", close to other players in the field of training and innovation, in the heart of the Creative discrict, which will welcome nearly 5,000 students, the first creative campus in the metropolis.
L’École de design Nantes Atlantique will move to the heart of the Creation District in September 2022.
This unique site will offer a working area of almost 11,500 m2, in a building specially designed to meet the school’s needs and which represents the largest real estate investment in France in the last ten years in the field of design.
L’École de design is open to students from Monday to Friday, from 7:45 am till 10pm.
Students have access to all classrooms and workshops, except when these one are not available during regular teaching classes.
Several computer rooms are available for /or ( Put at the service of ) students: a total of 120 workstations, under Mac and PC environment, with access to high-speed fiber optic Internet.
These computers have DTP (Desktop Publishing), CAD(Computer Aided Designed) and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing ) softwares in order to work in good conditions. They can manage with Vector illustration, image editing, page layout, publishing, technical scheme, modeling, imaging and computer animation, Internet tools and specifics softwares for Web and 3D creation and edition, for all uses in spatial design, graphic design, interactive design and product design. The school has also cintiq screens.
Otherwise, students have the possibility to connect their laptop to the school’s WiFi network and acceed to Internet freely and openly.
The model-making workshop is composed of a machine workshop (equipped with various drilling machines, saws (jigsaw, band saw) and other machinery), two finishing workshops, a painting and resine cabin, a prototyping machine, a 3D printer (MakerBot) and lockers. Students can only use the machines when the supervisor is present, the opening hours of the machines workshop are displayed next to the workshop.
The “sound studio” features a sound-recording system (microphones, sound card, mixing deck) and sound editing equipment (Adobe audition software).
The “photo studio” is a facility where students can take pictures of their projects. It includes a blank background, a green background for inlaying and projectors. Cameras and videocameras may be borrowed by students.
Students can access the studios from 8 am to 7 pm under the Studio Equipment Coordinator’s supervision.
Students have access to a "Motion Capture studio", as well as a "digital workshop" allowing allowing them to discover and experiment digital techniques.
The BDE (students office) provides a subscription to a copy machine/ printer. It is also possible to print on plotter with the supervision of the sound & video studios coordinator; rates are available from the BDE.
Dedicated equipment for the MDes programs in the Design Labs: experimental kitchen for the Food Design Lab, various digital devices (Oculus Rift, NAO robot, multitouch table…) for the Digital Design Lab.
Eating on campus
The school is located 100 meters from a University Restaurant (RU). There are other CROUS cafeterias in Nantes, ask the CROUS for a list.
Student cafeterias in France are run by the « Centres Régionaux des Oeuvres Universitaires et Scolaires (CROUS »)
The CROUS sells subsidized meal vouchers (tickets restaurants) to students for €3.30/ticket
The creative district of Nantes also offers other possibilities : restaurants, fast-foods, kebab, pizzerias and food trucks.
Most of students prefer to bring their own food. The cafeteria, where students can eat and rest, is equipped with microwave ovens, vending snack and offers outdoor access for sunny days.
Academic year 2021-2022
The Chantrerie Campus and the experimental platforms on "l’île de Nantes"
For the academic year 2021/2022, students are welcomed for the last year on the historic site of La Chantrerie in the north-east of Nantes and in our three Design Labs located on "l’île de Nantes", near the city center.
The main building of the school was built in 1998 and expanded in 2005 to obtain a working area of 2500 m2.
Courses can also take place in The Digital Design Factory, which is nearby the main building on the same campus.
Our MDes programs are linked to experimental platforms called Design Labs, that aim to promote the emergence of innovative concepts and build a real expertise over time. Three of these Design Labs are located in the city center of Nantes. Therefore, MDes courses can be held in these premises.