From April 25 to 29, 2022, students in DN MADE Year 3 / International class participated in the international workshop, supervised by international speakers from partner schools.
A unique workshop supervised by international professional designers
The three groups of International class / 3rd Year of DN MADE, composed of French and international students (most of them on exchange), were supervised by international guest lecturers and a speaker from the school.
Students of the Digital Media Design program worked under the direction of Wouter Lancee and Joris Ariëns, teachers at Fontys, in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. They were accompanied by 11 students of their university, and Claire Taupin, Graphic designer at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique. Each team chose an NGO and a subject on which they wanted to draw the public’s attention. In one week, the students had to create a Rube Goldberg machine, a machine that allows a simple task to be carried out in a deliberately complex way to raise awareness for the chosen cause. These machines were both physical and digital.
Students of the Industrial Products program were supervised by Richard Firth, head of the Product Design program at the University of Edinburgh-Napier in Scotland. He was accompanied by 3 of his students and Jay Bautista, an Industrial Designer at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique. The students imagined new ways of moving in time and space in order to offer users new culinary experiences and enjoy the outdoors.
Finally, the students of the Retail & Interior Design program were mentored by Juan Albert, a freelance Interior Designer based in Barcelona, and Debasish Borah, a Space Designer working at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique. In a context of energy scarcity and climate change, the students had to imagine new positive atmospheres for alternative lifestyles.
At the end of the week, each group formalized its presentation in the form of videos that were shown to all the students and participants of this intense workshop.
A week rich in multicultural exchanges
Creative and forward-looking, designers must know how to combine openness to others, curiosity, pragmatism and cultural references.
The international class, 3rd Year of DN MADE welcomes international exchange students for a semester, and allows French students to evolve for a year in an intercultural atmosphere.
The international workshop is a real highlight of the second semester. The students are confronted with new working methods and learn to exchange in English, to organize themselves and to cooperate around a common project.
A visit of the future building on the “Île de Nantes”
During their visit to Nantes, the invited speakers had the privilege of visiting the construction site of the school’s new building, which will open its doors on the Île de Nantes.
This moment of conviviality allowed them to appreciate the view on the machines of the island but also to discover in preview this new building of 11 500m2 dedicated to the practice of design. This unique place of creativity, learning and openness to the outside world marks a new stage in the school’s development.