Founded in 1988 and recognized by the State, the school is a non-profit organization. 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), Campus France and was awarder the "Bienvenue en France" label by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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.
Design Expertise by L’École de design
Our main duty is to teach design either via a standard curriculum work-based programs or via continuing education, with around 1760 students in September 2022.
As a professional school, L’École de design has built a pedagogical program based upon close ties with companies to facilitate the professional integration of our alumni. The research activity within our Design Labs dedicated to innovation, ensures the expertise required for a postgraduate degree in design.
Design research by L'École de design
L’École de design centers its expertise on socio-economic issues, by combining teaching, experimental research and support with innovation, within its Design Labs which develop design research programs within dedicated chairs.
Design strategy by L'École de design
We also carry out a mission of services to companies and promotion of design: internships, apprenticeship contracts, prospective studies, collaborative projects, organization of thematic events, monitoring and advice.
For many years, our students have been awarded prizes in prestigious competitions. The successful careers pursued by our graduates are a good proof of the quality of our teaching methods.