L'École de Design Nantes Atlantique

Nantes, France

No. Students: 1,100 (100 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 200
Funding type: Private
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*: Approximate

Why should I study here?

Discover the top reasons to study at L'École de Design Nantes Atlantique

  • A prestigious design school

Recognized by the State, LÉcole de design Nantes Atlantique grants a Masters level degree certified by the French Minister of Higher Education, as well as various undergraduate degrees. The school is also a member of the prestigious French association, Conférence des Grandes Écoles.

  • A professional school

The school has established partnerships with companies in numerous ways: internships, apprenticeship, projects conducted in collaboration with industrial partners, practical studies on corporate design, symposiums enabling designers and companies to meet and share ideas Moreover, the internship in the last semester of the Masters studies provides job opportunities to new graduates.

  • An international school

LÉcole de design is a member of the Cumulus network, an international association of 189 colleges and universities of art, design and media in 46 countries. An undergraduate 3rd-year level International Class, entirely taught in English, is open to students from all over the world, either on exchange or as degree-seeking students. All the Masters programs are also open to foreign students, and 8 of these programs are wholly taught in English. Students having studied at the undergraduate level at LÉcole de design spend their first postgraduate semester abroad. Students who so wish can spend the two years of their masters studies emerged in another culture, either in our China Campus in Shanghai, or in our partner institute, Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India. The school applies the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).


Supported by 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.

Four core values

The schools 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.

A diversity of design curriculums, a strong link with business and industry

  • a 3-year undergraduate program, in which students specialize in one of 4 options: Spatial Design, Graphic Design, Interaction Design or Product Design.
  • a 2-year postgraduate course leading to a Masters Degree in design (MDes) certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education. Postgraduate choose between one of the 7 cross-disciplinary programs offered.
  • 2-year 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), or a Bachelors Degree;
  • continuing education;
  • business services and design-promoting activities .

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 North-eastern 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). 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 network Cumulus, opening of its first foreign subsidiary in China, now in Shanghai ("China Campus") and partnership with Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology in Bangalore, India.

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), PRES (Higher Education and Research Clusters) of the Universities of Nantes, Angers and Le Mans, CampusFrance (the French national agency for the promotion of higher education, international student services and mobility)... For many years, its students have been awarded prizes in prestigious competitions. The successful careers pursued by our graduates is a good proof of the quality of our teaching methods.


Our Facilities

L'École de design Nantes Atlantique is established on the high-tech cluster of La Chantrerie in Nantes (France), alongside companies and engineering schools: École des Mines, École polytechnique de lUniversité de Nantes, École Supérieure du Bois, École Nationale Vétérinaire and ICAM (Institut Catholique des Arts et Métiers)

This business cluster dedicated to research and industry is a hotbed for prospective research where education instutions work hand in hand with a number of industrial partners while striving to offer career-oriented quality curriculums.

L'École de design Nantes Atlantique is also established abroad. In 2008, we opened a subsidiary institution in Qingdao, China, which is now in Shanghai. in September 2010, a similar program has started in India, jointly run with Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology (Bangalore).

Classrooms and workshops

Design workshops for individual or collective work sessions.

Two model-making workshops equipped with machine tools to make foam, wood, metal and plastic volumes

A rapid prototyping machine consisting in a 4-axis digital milling machine with high capacity

A studio equipped with photographic and video cameras (Digital Single-Lens Reflex and 3-CCD camera)

A studio with sound recording equipment

A video-editing studio

Video projection equipment at the disposal of students and faculty in every classroom

Students can access the technological section of the university library located on the same site (more than 5 000 books, abstracts of symposiums, theses; 200 specialized magazines; databases, CD-ROMs, Internet access... ; numerous design-related books and magazines)

Access to the library of the University of Nantes

Samples can be consulted at our material library

The school is open to students from Monday to Friday, from 7am till 11pm.

Student life

Student Union

The Student Union of L'École de design Nantes Atlantique features students from all promotions.

The unions assignments:

Organizing several student life events (parties, visits), offering discount prices for performances and other cultural events. The Union also circulates job offers sent by local companies and schools.

Managing the use of the laser printer and the photocopier, available to students thanks to the schools financial support. Providing students a range of printing papers and desk accessories required for some courses. Student Union members take turns at the student office, thus remaining at their peers disposal as often as possible.

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