A six-month intensive training program to give Chinese students the skills they need in the school’s own brand of design, methodology and creativity.
On 13 January, the school welcomed 14 graduates with Bachelor’s degrees from art schools in various Chinese provinces. They have joined the school for one semester to complete a preparatory course which will ultimately prepare them for the school’s competitive entrance exam for the 1st year of Master program (integration class for foreign students).
These students have already spent four months at the University of Nantes to improve their level in French language and culture with an intensive course in French as a Foreign Language (FLE). They were also hosted at the school in December for an introduction to “Classe Prépa China”.
After an induction day, the week of 13 January consisted mainly of design tests to get a better idea of these students’ capacity to handle a project and their way of thinking.
This special preparatory course at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique will finish at the end of June 2014. It aims to give them the necessary skills in design, methodology and creativity.
The pedagogical content of the course is designed to give them:
– a better knowledge of French;
– a better knowledge of English and preparation for the TOEIC;
– modes of representations used by the designer: drawing, photos (targeted to enhance their work and their portfolio), software;
– the school’s specific method with lessons in human sciences, creativity, methodology, design watch;
– the different visions of design organized in 5 workshops (interactive, spatial, product, graphic and packaging).
“Classe Prépa China” is run by the school’s Business Services department headed up by Jean-Luc Barassard. Maud Meudic and Anne Delfaut were responsible for putting together the course.