Founded in 1988, L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is a partner institute of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Nantes St-Nazaire, recognized by the State, member of the Conférence des grandes écoles (top-tier French higher education institutions) and associated with Nantes Université.
L'École de design Nantes Atlantique trains professionals in creation and innovation in initial and continuing education. It has a unique standpoint, considering design as a discipline at the frontiers of creation, strategy and management.
The school offers highly professionalized training courses (internships, apprenticeships, prospective studies, workshops, projects) and awards a Master’s degree in design (MDes) certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the National Diploma of Art and Design (DN MADE, 3 years of study equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree) via the academic route and work-study programs within the framework of the Vocational Training Center (CFA).
Resolutely international, the school has branches in Pune (India), Shanghai (China), São Paulo (Brazil), Montreal (Canada) and Cotonou (Benin) with Africa Design School and Africa Studio, as well as in Brussels (Belgium).
A center for design and innovation, the school has opened 5 Design Labs, platforms for design-led research and innovation dedicated to social, technological and environmental changes:
- Care Design Lab (environmental and social health & quality of life),
- Food Design Lab (new eating habits),
- Digital Design Lab (digital innovation),
- City Design Lab (transition to sustainable cities)
- Media Design Lab (communication and information issues).
Each year, L’École de design Nantes Atlantique trains 1750 students including 350 apprentices and 800 to 1000 interns through continuing education. It has a network of 1000 partner companies and 3500 graduates.
In September 2022, the school moved into new premises at the heart of Nantes’ creative district – a unique building, a place for creativity, learning and opening up to the outside world, to mark a new stage in its development. This project was backed by the Nantes St Nazaire CCI, Nantes Métropole, the Pays de Loire Regional Council and the FEDER. It was designed and built by the architectural agencies Marc Mimram and GPAA Architecture and the design agency Jouin Manku, and ADIM Ouest.