Care – Social Design, MDes 2019

L'École de Design Nantes Atlantique

Study in:France
44 days
Deadline: 2 June 2019


The purpose of the Care – Social Design program offered at L’École de Design Nantes Atlantique is to improve quality of life, well-being, and health, focusing on the most vulnerable populations. Besides field research work, the educational program develops participatory methodologies adapted to the studied systems and co-constructing solutions rooted in reality.

Main themes

  • Economic patterns : companies’ long-term success and sustainability, design as a strategic tool in the business;
  • Global design : keeping in mind the social and environmental responsibility of design;
  • The concept of « second project »: the devices are conceived to leave a margin of negotiation and harmonization between users and their ecosystem.

Become a responsible designerPollution, natural disasters, overpopulation, need for new energies… Design must try to offer new answers to these evolutions by providing a global and systemic vision of the world. Designers must imagine sustainable concepts applicable to all, not only to answer today’s challenges, but also to anticipate the upcoming evolutions.

This program aims to shape creative designers managers, committed to an ethical reflexion, which can go against the mainstream ideas and listen to a constantly changing reality.


Certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and registered in the Register National des Certifications Professionelles (the French directory for vocational qualifications or RNCP) as a Level I Master’s degree.

Program Structure

  • During this master’s program, students develop their skills and know-how through many projects, workshops, seminars, courses…
  • They are led to research, manage data, display it, extract emergent themes and patterns in order to identify the problems of targeted population groups, and then to develop a product or a service that will have a real impact on people’s life.
  • English Language Requirements

    This program requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

    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.

    If you are not a native English speaker, we ask that you provide proof of your English proficiency (minimum level of 700 points at the TOEIC test or equivalent for programs taught in English).

    Detailed Program Facts

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