University description (as per official university website)
About the School
Supported by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Nantes, L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is a private higher education institution dedicated to design professions. Founded in 1988 and recognized by the State, the school is a 1901 law non-profit association. It is managed by a board of directors composed of consular elected representatives, company managers, professionals and student representatives.
Four core values
The school’s project is based on four values embodying our vision of design:
the recognition of creative workers as true professionals,
the promotion of design as a strong economic asset,
design as a trigger for innovation,
design as a practice that tackles social, economic and environmental issues in a responsible way.
A diversity of design curriculums, a strong link with business and industry
- a post-graduate curriculum leading to a Master’s Degree in design certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education. The undergraduate curriculum is divided into 4 majors (Spatial Design, Graphic Design, Interaction Design and Product Design). The post-graduate years are divided into 7 topic-oriented programs that tackle social and economic issues
- 2-year vocational training courses supervised by the Vocational Training Center dedicated to Creation and Industrial Innovation training center (CFA) leading to an advanced vocational diploma (BTS), or a Bachelor’s Degree;
- continuing education;
- business services and design-promoting activities .
An institution rooted in its territory and open to the world
L’École de design Nantes Atlantique has been located since 1998 on the technological campus Atlanpole La Chantrerie, in the North-eastern area of Nantes (France), housed in a custom-built facility thanks to the support of local authorities (Nantes Saint-Nazaire Chamber of commerce and industry, the Pays de la Loire regional authorities, the Loire-Atlantique area local council). The only design institution in western France, the school benefits from a unique regional situation. For ten years now, it has proactively followed an outward-looking international development policy: academic exchange programs, participation in the international network “Cumulus”, opening of its first foreign subsidiary in Qingdao, Peoples’ republic of China ("China Campus").
L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is an active member of various academic networks and professional organizations: Conférence des Grandes Écoles (top-tier French higher education institutions), PRES (Higher Education and Research Clusters) of the Universities of Nantes, Angers and Le Mans... For many years, its students have been awarded prizes in prestigious competitions. The successful careers pursued by our graduates is good proof of the quality of our teaching methods.