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.Founded in 1988 and recognized by the State, the school is a non-profit organization.
L’École de design Nantes Atlantique offers several types of degree program, depending on the level of studies and the course chosen.
The 2-year postgraduate course can be completed either via the traditional academic route, or, for the European students only, as part of a vocational training program.
The Bachelor’s degree in design 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.
L’École de design has set up specialized experimental platforms in applied research which combine design research and teaching in an innovative and pragmatic way. They focus on major contemporary issues such as changing lifestyles and uses, new representations and new services brought about by digital technologies and Internet, changing cities, ageing populations, new economic models, environmental issues, etc. Four experimental platforms were opened between 2011 and 2014: Care Design Lab, New Eating Habits Design Lab, READi Design Lab and Sustainable Cities Design Lab.
As well as training future “creatives”, the school’s main responsibility now lies in preparing students for their working life. Today, the employment rates of the young graduates are the key indicators of success. The job placement rate of 88% of our 2014 graduates (i.e. employed 14 months after graduation) proves that our efforts to develop close links with companies (an approach which is central to the pedagogy) are paying off.
To improve accessibility for everyone, it has been designed for people to circulate around the walls. To add to this, a mezzanine projects over the inside/outside entrance, and creates a corridor separating the relaxation area from the study spaces. To make this mezzanine more attractive, the straight shape has been curved and is supported by the existing load-bearing parts.
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.
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