The annual international fair at L'École de design Nantes AtlantiqueThe annual international fair at L'École de design Nantes Atlantique

The international experience

The international experience at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique

A designer must be able to open up to others and to their culture in order to feed his or her curiosity and creativity, qualities that are essential to the practice of his or her profession. L'École de design Nantes Atlantique allows its students to cultivate this openness to the world through numerous programs and opportunities, in France and abroad.

The school has internationalisation in its DNA

Cultural and societal differences require concrete and adapted responses to complex situations. Thinking globally, understanding others, appropriating new codes, sharing intercultural experiences... L'École de design Nantes Atlantique strives to transmit these values to its budding designers.

For 25 years, it has enabled future French designers to train abroad and future international designers to train in Nantes. This strategy is based on numerous opportunities for enjoying an international experience:

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different nationalities hosted in 2021-2022



partner schools worldwide for international exchanges
International studios

Africa Studio (Cotonou, Benin), Brazil Studio (Sao Paulo, Brazil), China Studio (Shanghai, China), India Studio (Pune, India), Le Studio Montréal (Montreal, Canada) and Le Studio France (Nantes, France).

Map of the international locations of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique

L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, through its various international studios and Africa Design School, is established in 7 countries, all over the world.

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Focus: Africa Design School

Supported by L'École de design Nantes Atlantique and accompanied by the Sèmè City Development Agency, Africa Design School opened its doors in 2019 in Cotonou (Benin). Its vocation is to train African designers on their continent through project-based pedagogy, in relation with the business world.

"Our arrival in west africa reinforces our position as a forerunner in the field of design education in France and internationally. L'École de design Nantes Atlantique has supported this development project with the help of Sèmè City and brings its expertise and pedagogical engineering to the structure created," explains Christian Guellerin, director general of L'École de design Nantes Atlantique.

The school is directed by Stéphane Gouret, deputy director general of L'École de design Nantes Atlantique. The teaching team, made up of design professionals working in West Africa, prepares students for the job market and for entrepreneurship.

Emmanuel Macron's visit to Cotonou in BeninEvent organized by Sèmè City in Cotonou in August 2022 in the presence of Emmanuel Macron who was able to discuss with the founders and students of Africa Design School

Creation of the 1st Sino-French design institute

L'École de design Nantes Atlantique has been chosen by one of the most prestigious Chinese art and design universities, the China Academy of Art (CAA) in Hangzhou, to create the first Sino-French design institute, the NACAA (Nantes Atlantique CAA).

The institute, which has just been inaugurated, will offer international bachelor's degree programs in product, interior architecture and digital design as well as a master's degree in design. It is intended to train high-level designers who will occupy strategic positions in innovation. It took two years of work to create this institute in a context marked by the pandemic. The program is coordinated for the French part by Matthieu Rochette-Schneider, also general manager for China of the Centdegrés agency, and Xu Yan, coordinator of the school's relations with the CAA.

Creation of the 1st Sino-French design instituteCreation of the 1st Sino-French design institute

L'École de design Nantes Atlantique currently has partnerships with more than 110 schools, spread over 5 continents. Each year, about 80 international students are welcomed for an exchange semester at the school in Nantes and about 50 students from L'École de design Nantes Atlantique go and study in the partner schools.

It is a signatory of the la charte Erasmus + for the organization of mobility at the European level, and a member of Campus France, the international network for the promotion of French higher education of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In addition, L'École de design Nantes Atlantique benefits from a network of professional partners abroad who are willing to take on interns, to which the school's internationally- based graduates contribute greatly.

Since 1999, the school has been a member of the Cumulus association of 250 art, design and media training institutions, of which the school's director general is honorary president.

The school has also joined the World Design Organisation, the first professional association for the promotion of design worldwide.

Erasmus +L'École de design Nantes Atlantique is a member of the Erasmus + Charter
World design organization logoCumulus association logocampus france

Experience the international scene

Each student preparing the 5-year design degree must complete an international stay in the master's program (academic exchange or internship in a company or long-term immersion in one of our international studios).

A semester abroad: study or internship mobility

L'École de design Nantes Atlantique is a holder of the Erasmus Charter (ECHE: Erasmus Charter for Higher Education) for the period 2021-2027, and is thus a stakeholder in the Erasmus+ program, a European Union program promoting student mobility in higher education.

Each student has the opportunity to spend a study period in one of our 110 partner schools around the world or an international internship in an agency or company.

Lola Bourasseau, student in the bachelor cycle of scenography in MontrealLola Bourasseau, student in the bachelor cycle of scenography in Montreal

Long immersion in an international studio

L'École de design Nantes Atlantique created its first studio in 2008 in China and continues its international development with the opening of other studios: India Studio (2010), the Brazil Studio (2017), the Studio Montréal (2018) et the Africa Studio (2019).

Within these international studios, the school offers the International Design Strategy master's program to provide a long term immersion experience. Confronted with the issues of these environments and challenged in their reference points and attitudes, the designers in training discover different cultures and progress in an international context.

Brazil Class GroupStudents on the campus of Mackenzie Presbyterian University

Have an international experience in Nantes

Holder of the Erasmus charter for the period 2021-2027 and of the Label “Bienvenue en France” (3 stars), L'École de design Nantes Atlantique is proud to welcome for the 2022-2023 school year 150 international students. Two programs are available to foreign students on exchange in Nantes.

Within L'École de design Nantes Atlantique, French students have the opportunity to experience interculturality and to place their design practice in a strong international context through contact with students of different nationalities.

A 3rd year of DN MADE in an international class

L'École de design Nantes Atlantique offers three DN MADE programs, the 3rd year of which can be done in an international class, taught in English:

For students of space design, interior design and scenography

For students in product or industrial design

For students of graphic design, interactive design or multimedia

This international class is open to French and international students who have completed two years of studies in design.

At the end of this third year, French students can obtain a recognized Bachelor's degree: the DN MADE (Diplôme National des Métiers d'Art et du Design).

As part of their curriculum, international students coming to Nantes on an exchange program can spend a semester in this international class.

International workshop for the international classInternational workshop in 3rd year of DN MADE / International class

A master's program taught in English at Studio France

Le Studio France, a master's degree program taught in English, is an opportunity for students to practice a cross-cultural approach to design and to collaborate on projects that enhance their creativity.

They choose to work on projects and workshops related to five themes, explored within the school's five Design Labs: Care Design Lab, City Design Lab, Digital Design Lab, Food Design Lab et Media Design Lab.

This International Design Strategy master's program is open to anyone with a Bachelor's degree in design.

The first semester (from September to January) of the first year of the Master's program is open to international students from our partner schools who have come for an exchange semester.

Students who have completed the two years of the Master's program obtain the school's 5- year design degree, subject to satisfactory completion of the course.

Integration day for international studentsIntegration day for international students


The international relations department of L'École de design Nantes Atlantique is at your disposal for any queries or requests for additional information: 

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Updated on 04.04.23