Partner of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Nantes, L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is a private institution for higher education dedicated to Design professions, in association with the University of Nantes.

Founded in 1988 and recognized by the State, the school is a non-profit organization.


Four core values

The school’s project is based on four values embodying our vision of design:

  • The recognition of creative workers as true professionals,
  • The promotion of design as a strong economic asset,
  • Design as a trigger for innovation,
  • Design as a practice that tackles social, economic and environmental issues in a responsible way.

Design Expertise by L’École de design

  • A 3-year undergraduate program, in which students specialize in one of 8 options: Interior Architecture, Scenography, Graphic Design, Motion Design, Interaction Design, Game Design, Product Design or Transportation Design.
  • A 2-year postgraduate course leading to a Master’s Degree in design (MDes) certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education. Postgraduate choose between one of the 10 cross-disciplinary programs offered, including a 2-year curriculum in apprenticeship.
  • Vocational training courses supervised by the Vocational Training Center dedicated to Creation and Industrial Innovation training center (CFA) leading to an advanced vocational diploma (BTS), a Bachelor’s Degree or an MDes degree.
  • Continuing education.
  • Business services and design-promoting activities.

Up to 1,465 students were registered in the fall of 2018.


An institution rooted in its territory and open to the world

Since 1998, L’École de design Nantes Atlantique has been located on the technological campus Atlanpole La Chantrerie, in the northeastern area of Nantes (France), housed in a custom-built facility thanks to the support of local authorities (Nantes Saint-Nazaire Chamber of commerce and industry, the Pays de la Loire regional authorities, the Loire-Atlantique area local council, Nantes Métropole). The only design institution in western France, the school benefits from a unique regional situation.

For ten years now, it has proactively followed an outward-looking international development policy: academic exchange programs, participation in the international association Cumulus, opening of four international studios (China Studio in Shanghai, India Studio in Pune, Brazil Studio in São Paulo, Le Studio Montréal in Canada) several international MDes & BDes programs organized in English.

L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is an active member of various academic networks and professional organizations: Conférence des Grandes Écoles (top-tier French higher education institutions), Campus France... For many years, its students have been awarded prizes in prestigious competitions. The successful careers pursued by our graduates is good proof of the quality of our teaching methods.

A center for design and innovation

L’École de design has built an expertise in four socio-economic fields, combining eduction, experimental research and innovation, through four Design Labs:

  • READi Design Lab dedicated to digital culture,
  • Sustainable Cities Design Lab dedicated to the evolution of mobility and built environment,
  • New Eating Habits Design Lab dedicated to food systems,
  • Care Design Lab dedicated to health, quality of life and social innovation.

Programs taught in:
  • English

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L’École De Design Nantes Atlantique

The International Class welcomes French students and international students of various nationalities who wish to join an MDes program through the third (which is the last ... [+]

3rd year / International Class

The International Class welcomes French students and international students of various nationalities who wish to join an MDes program through the third (which is the last) year of Bachelor level studies.

Its purpose is also to welcome students from our partner schools for an academic exchange semester.

Students from all over the world who have completed a minimum of two years in spatial, interior, product, visual communications, interaction design or graphic design are eligible to apply.

Students are organized into one of four programs, depending on their previous studies:

International Class / Brand Design

Within this program, the designer aims to bring out the codes and the brand values throughout the production process by researching the formal or graphic vocabulary, materials, and mediums which best represent the brand. The designer also has to take into account user-experience in terms of brand, competition and technology involved.... [-]

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Présentation du China Studio de L’École de design Nantes Atlantique (sous-titres français)