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Our Degrees

Our Degrees

L’École de design Nantes Atlantique offers several types of degree program, depending on the level of studies and the course chosen.

Le Diplôme de design bac+5 : a truly recognized master’s level degree in design

The Diplôme de design is based on a five-year curriculum, divided into two cycles:
BDes, a three-year undergraduate course (taught in French)
MDes, a two-year postgraduate course

The 2-year postgraduate course can be completed either via the traditional academic route, or as part of a vocational training program.

L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is one of the very few design school(s) to have obtained certification from the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research for its Master’s degree in design. The certification was renewed in 2010 and 2016. This degree is also registered in the Registre National des Certifications Professionnelles (the French directory for vocational qualifications or RNCP) as a Level I Master’s degree.

All degrees certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research are guaranteed by the State. They are awarded by the schools on behalf of the State and, in return, the training programs are subject to additional monitoring and assessment.

A certified degree is equivalent to a university master’s programs in France or abroad. It also allows students to receive equivalency credentials for foreign qualifications. In the international sphere, this quality certification gives a school the credibility needed to conclude cooperation agreements with top international universities.

The authorization to issue a certified degree is granted by the ministry, for a period of up to 6 years following the assessment of the training progams. Schools must resubmit their application periodically. The school’s MDes degree was assessed again in 2016 by the Haut Conseil pour l’Evaluation de la Recherche et de l’Enseignement supérieur (the French evaluation agency for research and higher education, or HCERES), and received the highest grade possible.

The Bachelor’s certificate in design

The full design degree is based on a 5-year period of study, with no intermediate status. However, after 3 years of study, the school issues a certificate stating the number of European credits (ECTS) acquired, which allows students to obtain equivalency of their 3 years of study in other establishments.

DN MADE : National Diploma in Fine Arts, Crafts and Design

The DN MADE, National Diploma in Fine Arts, Crafts and Design is a state-controlled degree and leads to the award of an Undergraduate Diploma after three years of studies.

Each program course is built around a major and a minor, declined as a specialty by the institutions accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education.

L’École de design Nantes Atlantique offers 3 DN MADE programs organized in three years.
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.

In the 3rd year, students have the choice to continue in apprenticeship in French, or to study in English in an International Class.

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 :

In both case, the validation of the 3rd year of DN MADE leads to the award of the same diploma.

Master’s degree in design or DN MADE? The differences between short-term and long-term studies

Short-term studies allow students to acquire a strong creative and technical grounding, particularly in apprenticeship programs where skills are put into practice in the course of real projects. These diplomas lead to positions such as qualified technician, assistant designer or assistant interior designer. However, a large proportion of graduates from these courses choose to continue their studies.

Long-term studies offer other opportunities and open doors to positions of responsibility in companies or in research. These courses also offer a valuable experience working or studying abroad, and the recognition of degrees offers interesting prospects for short and medium-term career development.

Programs in partnership

L’École de design Nantes Atlantique offers programs in partnership with other institutions:

  • Master of Science® International Brand Design & Storytelling
  • Mastère Spécialisé® Acteur Pour la Transition Énergétique (MS APTE)
  • Mastère Spécialisé® Composites biosourcés : innovation et éco-design
  • Mastère Spécialisé® Marketing, Design et Création

Download our guides and catalogues

2021 Programs by L’École de design (FR) (PDF, 4.2 M.o.)
International Experience by L’École de design - 2021 (, 0 K.o.)