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MDes Digital Design

Taught in French Nantes
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Updated on 25.10.23

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

Prerequisites: 3 years of undergraduate studies in design

Admissions: Application for this program are closed for the academic year 2023-2024


Location: Nantes

Teaching language: French

Master’s level degree (Diplôme de design)

Explore the impact of digital innovation on our life experiences and become a designer project manager.

This MDes program leads to the master’s level degree (Diplôme de design) certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education.

The MDes program Digital Design explores the concept of tangibility and materiality of the information for the conception of innovative products and services, in every area.

It is based on hybridization between objects, environments and information systems.

Main themes

  • Development of user-centered digital services
  • Connected objects
  • Gaming applications
  • Mobile services
  • Pervasive computing
  • Research on multi-sensory interfaces
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If you hold a bachelor degree in design and are interested in a program taught in English in Nantes, we suggest you :"Le Studio France - Digital Design"


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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.

Teaching program – 1st year

Semester 1
Students who are joining L’École de design Nantes Atlantique at postgraduate level benefit from an integration semester. The goal of this semester for students is to highlight and expand professional knowledge in the context of another culture.


  • Welcome, transcultural content & technical skills (78h)
  • Integration & skills development – creativity, methodology, marketing and projects (190h)
  • Optional courses (42h)

Students who completed their undergraduate studies at L’École de design spend this semester abroad, either in academic exchange or internship as a junior designer (13 weeks minimum).

Semester 2
During this semester, 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 are delivered in the form of projects in partnership with industry, workshops, lectures, conferences and professional meetings.


  • Design projects and seminars (186h)
  • TOEIC preparation and languages courses (44h)
  • End of studies project and thesis workshop (60h)
  • Professionalization & lab (32h)
  • Competitions (40h)
Teaching program – 2nd year

Semester 1
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 (15h)
  • Introduction to management (15h)
  • End of studies project and thesis workshop (112h)
  • Professionalization & lab (120h)
  • Competitions (40h)

Semester 2
The study program ends with a minimum of sixteen weeks (and a maximum of six months) internship within a company, in France or abroad.
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

Modalités pédagogiques

La formation se fait en présentiel dans les locaux de L’École de design Nantes Atlantique. Elle se compose d'ateliers et des cours théoriques avec une méthode pédagogique expérientielle. Chaque étudiant à un accompagnement individuel tout au long de son parcours.

Admission requirements
Academic requirements

This program is open to all applicants who either:

  •  hold a Bachelor’s Degree in design or equivalent, or

  • have completed at least three years of undergraduate studies in design or equivalent, equating to at least 180 ECTS credits

You may apply before actually receiving the degree or having completed your undergraduate studies. However, admission will only take effect once the degree is obtained or the undergraduate credits have been validated.

Applicants whose level we assess to be insufficient may be recommended to follow a semester or a full year in our 3rd Year of DN MADE / International Class before entering the master’s program.

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

Language requirements

If you are not a native English speaker, we ask that you provide proof of your English proficiency (minimum level of 600 points at the TOEIC test or equivalent).

  • The Master’s degree being subject to the validation of 800 points in the TOEIC, you will be required to take the TOEIC exam during the course.

A French level equivalent to 4/B2 assessed by a TCF1 or DELF2 test is required to join the program.

How to apply?

Applications for this program will be open on November 2023 the academic year 2023-2024.

Tuition fees 2024

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 academic 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.).

Preparing your life in Nantes

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:

  • MDes 1st year / semester 1: September 2023
  • MDes 1st year / semester 2: February 2024
  • MDes 2nd year: September 2023

This date are provided for information purposes only and are subject to change.

For more information to help you to prepare your arrival & life in Nantes Studying in Nantes

Double degree

During their fifth year, students enrolled in a MDes program taught in French in Nantes can prepare a double degree to improve certain skills.

Our Double degrees

Teaching staff

Head of program
Frédérique Krupa, Director of the Digital Design Lab

Educational Coordinator
Arnaud Le Roi

Job prospects and further education
Areas of application
  • Innovative design tools
  • Applications for therapeutic use
  • Gaming products
  • All services and applications offering new ways of interacting and representational systems in a three-dimensional environment.
Master’s degree in design

As all our master programs, this MDes 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.

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.


AMA (groupe Guillemot), Bodet, Dassault Systèmes, Orange Labs, PSA, Proginov Touchlab, Wiztivi, Groupe SEB, Abri Services, MAIF, BIG BEN

Competitiveness clusters and associations

Clarté, Conseil départemental du Val d’Oise, La Cantine numérique (Nantes) / Atlantic 2.0, Le Lieu Unique, Pôle Images et Réseaux, SAMOA (Société d’Aménagement Ouest Atlantique) / Quartier de la Création, Stéréolux, Trempolino

Educational institutions

Arts et Métiers Angers-Laval (ENSAM)/ Laboratory Presence and Innovation (member of the Design&Emotion Research Group), Télécom Bretagne (Computer Systems and Network Engineering), University of Nantes – Polytech

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MDes Digital Design

Taught in French Nantes
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