The school environment
L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is in north east of Nantes, on the campus of « Atlanpole La Chantrerie ». The main building of the school was built in 1998 and expanded in 2005 to obtain a working area of 2500 m2. There are two other buildings : The Digital Design Factory, which is nearby the main building, and premises in a third building called « Le Saphir », always on the same campus.
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.
A series of experimental platforms (“Design Labs”) have been set up since 2011 in order to promote the emergence of innovative concepts and build a real expertise over time. The MDes programs are linked to these design centers.
Three of these Design Labs are located in the city center, in the The Regional Innovation Platforms – PRI (Sustainble Cities Design Lab), the Imbrika building (READi Design Lab) and the premises of « Harmonie Mutuelle » (Care Design Lab).
The New Eating Habits Design Lab is hosted in the builging called The Digital Design Factory on the campus of La Chantrerie.
L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is also established abroad. In 2008, we opened a subsidiary institution in China, currently in Shanghai, in partenership with Shanghai University. Another Studio is established in India, since September 2010. The program shifted to Delhi in 2014, in partnership with The Design Village. The Brazil Studio, which will open in 2017, will be installed in Sao Paulo in partnership with MacKenzie University.
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.
The cafeteria, where students can eat and rest, is equipped with microwave ovens, vending snack and offers outdoor access for sunny days.
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 New Eating Habits Design Labs, various digital devices (Oculus Rift, NAO robot, multitouch table…) for the Digital Culture/READi Design Lab.
A technology campus
L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is established on the high-tech cluster of La Chantrerie in Nantes (France), alongside companies and engineering schools: École des Mines, École polytechnique de l’Université de Nantes, École Supérieure du Bois, École Nationale Vétérinaire and ICAM (Institut Catholique des Arts et Métiers)
The campus is situated by the Erdre, a tributary of the Loire river. It borders the park of La Chantrerie where students can picnic on sunny days.
The University Library
The university library, technology section, located on the campus offers more than 15 000 books, nearly 100 periodical titles on paper and about 200 electronic and multimedia documents.
You can access various types of digital content such as encyclopaedias, online newspapers, journals from major publishers, bibliographic and thematic databases, collections of electronic books.
The library offers many services : borrowing of documents, laptops available for on-site loan, interlibrary loan, advice from librarians, assistance with documentary research, writing bibliographies.
Library hours and other information on : www.bu.univ-nantes.fr