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Postgraduate studies in Food Design

Taught in French Nantes
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Updated on 16.05.24

Degree: Diplôme de design Bac +5: Postgraduate studies / Master's level degree

Prerequisites: 3 years of undergraduate studies in design

Admissions: On our application website


Location: Nantes

Teaching language: French

Postgraduate studies / Master's level degree

Become a design and innovation manager for products and services related to the food system.

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

Within this program, designers explore and project future scenarios for food industry.

They work in multidisciplinary teams, imagine new concepts and give shape to tomorrow’s food while meeting sanitation, social and environmental issues.

Main themes

  • Food and new technologie
  • Healthy food
  • Protein transition (from meat to other sources of protein)
A public kitchen to allow the homeless to cookDeborah Büsing / Streat / A public kitchen to allow the homeless to cook

Other pathways

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 - Food Design

Vegetable beauty patch, edible and compostable, made from dehydrated vegetable bio-wasteAmélie Lamirault / Mue / Vegetal beauty patch, edible and compostable, made from dehydrated vegetable bio-waste
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Our postgraduate studies are 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.

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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

Teaching methods

Courses take place on the premises of L'École de design Nantes Atlantique. It is made up of workshops and theoretical courses with an experiential teaching method. Each student receives individual support throughout the course.

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 level 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?

Application deadline is June 28th, 2024 for the academic year 2024-2025.

They can only be done online on our application website

They are organized in 7 sessions:

  • December session: From November 15th to December 8th, 2023
  • January session: from December 9th, 2023 to January 31, 2024
  • February session: from February 1st to 29th, 2024
  • March session: from March 1st to 29th, 2024
  • April session: from April 1st to 30th, 2024
  • May session: from May 1st to 31st, 2024
  • June session: from June 1 to 28th, 2024

Selection process

1. Online application and payment of the application fees (€50);

2.Uploading all the required documents for application:

  • Résumé (CV);
  • Portfolio;
  • Reports of the last two years of study in design;
  • Copies of degrees and certificates;
  • Copy of your identity card or passport;
  • Cover letter (letter of intent);
  • English certification (optional)

3. Application file review and interview;

4. If your application is accepted, you will be asked to electronically sign a teaching contract & to proceed to the first payment of the tuition fees to confirm your enrollment.

Tuition fees
  • 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.).


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 2024/2025 will start on:

  • 1st year / semester 1: September 2024
  • 1st year / semester 2: February 2025
  • 2nd year: September 2024

This dates 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 postgraduate studies taught in French in Nantes can prepare a double degree to improve certain skills.

Our Double degrees

Teaching staff

Head of program
Julia Kunkel, Director of the Food Design Lab

Job prospects and further education
Areas of application
  • Food transformation and preparation
  • Packaging and food outlets
  • Distribution
  • Branding and communication
Master’s level degree in design

As all our postgraduate studies,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 level degree.

Further education

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

Some Alumni stories
  • Marie Berthomé - Graphic & Food Designer at Brioche Pasquier (Marketing Innovation R&D)
  • Danny Haffel - Packaging Designer at Team Créatif Group
  • Morgane Bignon - Industrial Designer - Product Development & CSR Manager at Louis Tellier
  • Cathelle Dénoue - Freelance service and social innovation designer

  • Eurial
  • Fleury Michon
  • Groupe Seb
  • Jacquet
  • Malakio
  • Tipiac
  • La Mie Caline
  • EDF...
Competitiveness clusters
  • Carlin
  • Nantes Métropole
  • Région Pays de la Loire
  • Novachild
  • Technocampus Alimentation...
Educational institutions
  • Audencia
  • IAE de Nantes
  • ESA
  • Nantes Université
  • Elisava...

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Postgraduate studies in Food Design

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