Photo credit: Jules Riché, Brazil Studio educational coordinatorPhoto credit: Jules Riché, Brazil Studio educational coordinator

The international studios

The international studios of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique

L'École de design Nantes Atlantique has been exporting internationally for several years, with the opening of its studios in China (2008), India (2010), Brazil (2017), Canada (2018), Benin (2019) and Belgium (2023). These international studios are backed by local partners (higher education institutions or incubators). Every year, the studios welcome students for a long immersion period to complete their International Design Strategy master's degree.

The international vocation of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique

Back in 1999, L'École de design Nantes Atlantique decided to deploy an ambitious strategy of global outreach. Since then, international development has been part of the school's DNA. While the answers to users' problems are local, design practice is part of a global context that takes into account the major global issues of today and tomorrow:

  • Economic interdependence,
  • Societal advances,
  • Cultural influence,
  • And of course, the great ecological and environmental challenges.

With its international studios, L'École de design Nantes Atlantique allows future designers to confront realities different from those experienced in France.

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Learning design abroad: the opportunity for a long immersion period

The international studios of L'École de design Nantes Atlantique welcome students in the International Design Strategy master's program to validate the 5-year degree in design (RNCP niveau 7 - Fiche 36106), recognized and approved by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

5 good reasons to do your master's degree in an international studio of L'École de design Nantes Atlantique:

  • Leave your comfort zone and acquire more independence and maturity by confronting a different environment and a new culture. A two-year long immersion abroad is a catalyst of emotions that you must learn to manage. 
  • Operating in a strong intercultural context in everyday life, but also during the training, helps the student to appropriate the codes and customs of the host country. 
  • Develop an open-mindedness essential to the design profession and confront other visions of design: learn to deconstruct your prejudices and develop empathy.
  • Discover a reality in the field with issues specific to the place of immersion: a designer must be able to question and challenge the solutions found to the problems addressed. 
  • Open the doors to an international career: the studio programs are deliberately very professional. Students develop their ability to adapt, which is absolutely essential in design, and they become highly sought after by companies.

Discover the international studios

While the degree to be prepared is the same in each studio, each has its own unique characteristics, both in terms of environment and context.

China city of light
China Studio
  • Opening date: 2008
  • City: Shanghai
  • Partner site: Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University
  • Topics covered: cohabitation between traditions and technologies, architecture and heritage, changing economy
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India Studio
  • Opening date: 2010
  • City: Pune
  • Partner site: MIT Institute of design (MIT ID)
  • Topics covered: social innovation, service design, environmental issues, heritage and local craftsmanship
Photo credit: Jules Riché, Brazil Studio educational coordinatorPhoto credit: Jules Riché, Brazil Studio educational coordinator
Brazil Studio
Classroom MontréalClassroom Studio Montréal
Le Studio Montréal
  • Opening date: 2018
  • City: Montréal
  • Partner sites: Centech and incubators (Centech - medical technologies, microelectronics, intelligent objects and Zù - culture and entertainment industries)
  • Topics covered: entrepreneurship, technological innovations, creative industries
africa studioCredits: Africa Design School
Africa Studio
  • Opening date: 2021
  • City: Cotonou
  • Partner sites: Africa Design School
  • Topics covered: urban planning, societal design, digital transition
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Studio Europe
  • Opening project: 2023
  • City: Brussels
  • Topics covered: digital innovation, public policy design, democracy and cybersecurity
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Updated on 12.01.23