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MDes International Design Strategy
Le Studio Montréal

Taught in French Montréal
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Updated on 20.11.23

Degree: Diplôme de design Bac +5 : master’s level degree

Prerequisites: 3 years of undergraduate studies in design

Admissions: Program only open to students who completed their bachelor at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique.


Location: Montreal, Quebec

Teaching language: French

Master’s level degree (Diplôme de design)

A postgraduate program in two years specialized in International design Strategy, a single master’s degree in design. Program in partnership with the Centech, 8th best incubator in the world.

The MDes Le Studio Montreal aims to immerse students in the world of technological and cultural entrepreneurship in order to understand how it works and its particularities. Sudents are hosted in North American incubators and work in an international context.

This program taught in French alternates one week of internship in a company and one week of classes during 3 semesters in Montreal, then students will have the opportunity to complete their final internship in Canada or anywhere in the world.

Montréal, Québec

Montreal is a very attractive city, renowned for its quality of life, its openness to diversity, its many festivals, its affordable housing and its dynamic ecosystem of startups.

Students in front of CenTech at the start of the 2023 academic yearStudents in front of CenTech at the start of the 2023 academic year

Topics covered

  • Cultural immersion
  • Technological entrepreneurship
  • Creative Industries
Centech entranceCentech south entrance (photo credits: Bastien Padiolleau)
Brochure - International programs 2023

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The MDes programs, established over two years, are organized in four semesters validated by 30 ECTS each. A consequent and increasing personal working time is expected for each module.

Due to immigration regulations, only students of nationalities benefiting from the IEC (International Experience Canada) program, a young professional permit, are eligible to attend Studio Montreal.

A unique two-year program

This program is tailored to immerse students in the field of technological entrepreneurship so that they understand its inner workings and peculiarities. With a strong professional emphasis, this program taught in French alternates periods of  internship in a company and courses.

Design students will be immersed in the startups of the 8th best incubator in the world: Centech, or , a creative incubator at the heart of the future of entertainment.

Centech is a world-class incubator dedicated to deeptech companies with high growth potential that stand out in the fields of medical technologies, microelectronics and other smart objects, among others. The Centech has the opportunity to host in its premises the innovation cells of Canadian and international corporations with which the students will be able to collaborate.

supports and propels creative entrepreneurs using technology to develop products and content that revolutionize the cultural, creative and entertainment industries by generating innovative projects and world-class intellectual properties

Teaching program – 1st year

Year 1 (semesters 1 & 2)
The first year of this Master’s program alternates between one-week internships in companies and one-week courses, with 21 weeks of courses and 18 weeks of internships over the year.

During the first year, students learn how to manage complex design projects, deepen their knowledge of the economic, social and cultural aspects of the field covered in their program, build and apply a methodology and support their end-of-term project studies, the subject of which they themselves define.
Teaching is delivered in the form of projects in partnership with industry, workshops, lectures, conferences and professional meetings.
In addition to the pedagogical content, the goal for students is to highlight and expand the professional achievements in the context of another culture.


  • Design and complexity project
  • Workshop to define the end of studies project
  • Prospective design project
  • Seminar methodologies
  • Innovation seminar
  • Intellectual property
  • Seminar specific to the theme of the program
  • Introduction to research workshop
  • Professionalisation / lab
  • Contests
  • TOEIC preparation 
  • Preparation for the end of studies project, complementary seminar 
  • Memory preparation workshop
Teaching program – 2nd year

Semester 3
Always on a rhythm combining work-study and academic training, continuation and finalization of the end-of-studies project summarizing all the professional skills acquired. It can be conducted in collaboration with a company and / or research laboratory of a partner university. This personal end-of-studies project must be related to the program in which students are enrolled.
Supervision is ensured in the form of workshops under the direction of a referent designer, to which punctual speakers are associated. Writing a thesis in the theme of the project.


  • Initiation to law
  • Introduction to management
  • End of studies project workshop
  • Memory Workshop
  • Professionalization & lab
  • Competitions

Semester 4
The study program ends with a minimum of sixteen weeks (and a maximum of six months) internship within a company, in Canada or anywhere in the world.
Trainees work as junior designers and support all or part of a project.
The student must demonstrate his ability to integrate into a team, manage a project and develop all the sequences of the project for its smooth running. It allows the student to articulate all of his studies with what will be his first professional experience.
Depending on the professional project of the student, this internship can also take place within a company that the student will create, or even within a research laboratory.

Program taught in French.

Obtaining the master's level degree

Le Diplôme de design Bac +5 is awarded by the final jury to students who have obtained:

1. a minimum score of 800 points at the TOEIC test*;
2. a score greater than or equal to 10/20, which breaks down as follows:

  • for 40%, mark attributed to continuous monitoring,
  • for 60%, mark obtained at the final defense in September relating to the student's path (end-of-study project, internship and any other element chosen by the student).

More information on validation of the master's degree

Admission requirements

This program is only open to students who completed their bachelor at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique.

Tuition fees 2023

French students and European Union students: €8,900 per year

Non-European Union students: €9,900 per year

+ CVEC (Student and campus life contribution): contribution set at just under €100 per year
CVEC website


The school itself does not offer any scholarship. However, according to your country of residence and your particular situation, different possibilities may be available to finance your studies in France: government grants, funding granted by international organizations and NGOs, private fellowships...

Campus France has a scholarship search engine  which may help you identify a scholarship available in your situation (country of residence, degree being prepared etc.)

Obtain a visa for Québec

Final admission will only take effect when the necessary visa is obtained, if applicable.

You will need to take the necessary steps to obtain your IEC (International Experience Canada) visa for Le Studio Montréal.

This type of visa resulted from an agreement between Canada and certain countries, we draw your attention to the fact that not all countries are eligible.
For more information, please inquire on the official website of the Government of Canada.

Academic calendar

The academic year runs from the beginning of September to the beginning of July for all our programs.

Academic Calendar 2023/2024 will start on September 2023 for this program.
This date is provided for information purposes only and is subject to change.


Teaching staff

Deputy Executive Director
Stéphane Gouret

Le Studio Montreal - program coordinator
Julie Le Ster

Assistant Head of program
Sophie Guilloux

Job prospects and further education
International career prospects

This program trains students to become global players understanding Canadian context better, and most of all, improve the ability to design for clients and employers from other cultures. It is a living experience that will change its participants, often opening up unexpected, exciting international career opportunities.

Master’s degree in design

As all our master programs, this program leads to the Master’s level degree in design, certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and registered in the Registre National des Certifications Professionnelles (the French directory for vocational qualifications or RNCP) as a Level 7 Master’s degree.

Le Diplôme de design Bac +5

Further education

The Master’s level degree confers the "Grade de master", and you can pursue your education at a PhD level.

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MDes International Design Strategy
Le Studio Montréal

Taught in French Montréal
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