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Standard Education in Design

The main curriculum of the school is a full 5-year curriculum leading to a unique degree in design. It is divided into two different parts, a 3-year undergraduate program and a 2-year postgraduate program.

Le Diplôme de design Bac +5, a postgraduate degree in design

The post-graduate degree in design issued by L’École de design Nantes Atlantique has been certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education since 2002. Thus academically recognized, the degree we deliver ranks as high as a French degree in Engineering, a MBA or an academic Master’s Degree.

The standard five-year curriculum is divided into 2 courses:

  • BDes courses, opened to holders of the French baccalaureate, consisting in a core syllabus and skill-based majors (Scenography, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Motion Design, UI/UX Design, Game Experience Design, Transportation Design and Product Design).
  • MDes courses, opened to students who completed their undergraduate studies at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique or hold a Bachelor’s Degree in design, divided into topic-oriented programs rooted in major contemporary social and economic issues. See the section MDes by L’École de design for further details on programs and admission prerequisites.

MDes by L’École de design

The MDes programs are based on a thematic approach mixing up different profiles of designer. Five areas of study are currently explored in Nantes, with dedicated programs in French via standard education or apprenticeship or in English for international students. All programs are hosted by dedicated experimental platforms, the Design Labs.

  • MDes Care Design
  • MDes Digital Design
  • MDes Media Design
  • MDes Food Design
  • MDes City Design

Students joining our international studios, China Studio in Shanghai, India Studio in Pune , Brazil Studio in São Paulo, or Le Studio France in Nantes work on the notion of Transcultural Design.

Double degrees, joint curricula and ECTS credits transfer

Thanks to partnership agreements with other institutions, the school offers the opportunity to obtain double degrees: students can simultaneously prepare for our Master’s Degree in design and a Master’s Degree in Business Management with the Business Administration Institute of the University of Nantes (IAE), a Master’s Degree in Virtual Reality engineering and innovation with Arts et Métiers ParisTech or the DIU Disrupt’Campus Nantes, a joint diploma of the University of Nantes, Centrale Nantes and L’École de design.

The post-graduate curriculum includes a wide variety of subjects (general knowledge, technical culture, expression modes and economics) and a final degree project that students start very early on. Our curriculums comply with the ECTS system (European Credits Transfer System) which guarantees full academic recognition for abroad studies.

All double degrees are organised in French by partner organisations.

National Diploma of Arts and Design Professions (DN MADE)

Since September 2019, the school has been awarding the Diplôme National des Métiers d’Arts et de Design, a national diploma equivalent to a bachelor’s degree, mainly organized within the school in a mixed form, with a first year through school and two years alternating between three specializations: Space, Digital and Object.

The school is currently the only private insitution to offer this diploma, in association with the University of Nantes.

The first two years are entirely taught in French, therefore students holding a high school diploma and a French level B2 may join the first year.

This 3rd year International Class welcomes French and international students who have validated two years in design, and students from our partner schools for an academic exchange semester. Students are organized into one of three DN MADE programs, depending on their previous studies :

DN MADE Retail & Interior Design
DN MADE Digital Media Design
DN MADE Industrial Products

International programs

Download the brochures

Design Programs 2022 (in French) (PDF, 4.3 M.o.)
International courses 2021-2022 (EN) (PDF, 1.2 M.o.)