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A curricular innovation unit

Laurent Neyssensas is in charge of L’École de design curricular innovation unit since 2017.

In January 2017, L’École de design Nantes Atlantique created a curricular innovation unit under the direction of Laurent Neyssensas which is intended to instigate and develop an innovative and experimental pedagogical approach in teaching by and for design.

Since its creation in 1988, L’École de design, thanks to its specific domain, has developed innovative teaching methods and experimentation (lesson formats, project-based pedagogy, horizontality and transdisciplinarity).

The impact of digital culture is currently revolutionizing design usages, professions and codes. The emergence of new activities and new design and management methodologies has made us rethink design education and interactions between the various stakeholders.

Striving for excellence, the unit’s mission is to identify, accompany and develop experimentations and to reveal new teaching practices.

At the intersection of action research and its implementation, the unit’s work reflects the future of teaching, including for example:
- the use of design methods in developing the learning experience,
- the transition from a mixed pedagogy (face-to-face/distance) to a contextualized pedagogy (educational continuum),
- the move from active pedagogy to immersive pedagogy.

Due to its nature and objectives, this project has a cross-cutting dimension and includes the entire network of stakeholders (teachers and students) from L’École de design Nantes Atlantique’s various partnerships.

All of these activities are structured around several goals:

Promoting curricular innovation and experimentation:

  • Actively monitoring educational methods and tools,
  • Building and taking part in regional, national or international projects,
  • Developing and strengthening active teaching methods (problem-solving pedagogy, project-based pedagogy, learning by doing, co-design, design thinking, etc.) within L’Ecole de design,
  • Supporting and promoting open innovation formats and initiatives in teaching,
  • Optimizing learning that results in digital production,
  • Reflecting and advising on the creation of innovative training schemes,
  • Promoting teaching formats and initiatives by/for/on creativity and innovation,
  • Supporting the implementation of a space for practicing innovative teaching methods,
  • Coordinating and organizing the networks of players (components and services).

Setting up an action research on curricular innovation:

  • Implementing new lessons, expertise and support,
  • Centralizing, disseminating and communicating feedback on the actions taken,
  • Conducting action research projects on curricular innovation,
  • Setting up and proposing testing grounds (both in and outside the school),
  • Ensuring that experimentation is promoted and communicated,
  • Developing and producing transposable methods and tools,
  • Including and identifying curricular innovation in thematic projects.


Completed projects:

In the context of RFI Ouest Industries Créatives Formation

  • iCreate: a creative, technological and cross-disciplinary battle involving students from Polytech Nantes, Audencia SciencesCom and 50 3rd year student designers from undergraduate courses “Scenography” and “Graphic Design”.
  • SHS Créatifs: a teaching module offered to students from L’École de design and l’Université d’Angers to meet a specific challenge by overlapping their practices and reflecting upon the relationship between creatives and social science.
  • Digital mediation devices: an educational module offered to vocational degree students from la Roche-sur-Yon IUT (university institute of technology) and BDes students from L’École de design Nantes Atlantique to work in interdisciplinary teams on the design of digital mediation devices for books.
  • Regeneration of Pommeraye town center: a combined workshop aiming to introduce students from ENSA Nantes and L’École de design Nantes Atlantique to a professional reality rarely covered in curriculums: collaborative work between architects and interior designers.
  • 48 hours to transform pedagogy through design: a unique experience in an original format that brings together l’Université de Nantes (Polytech and the Centre de Développement Pédagogique), L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, l’Université d’Angers and l’École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Nantes.
  • O21, finding our way in the 21st century: two workshops for anticipating the development of professions and gaining a better understanding of design professions.