L’École de design Nantes Atlantique

Postgraduate Studies

MDes Responsible Innovation


As with all the MDes programs, the successful completion of this two-year program leads to our master’s degree in Design, certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education.

Innovating responsibly

The MDes Responsible Innovation aims to build multidisciplinary design expertise in the pressing areas of social and environmental design.

The issues and themes include:
- Health,
- Safety,
- Well-being,
- Eco-design,
- Societal problems,
- User-centered innovation.

Design applications include:
- Emergency and safety gear,
- Innovation-oriented services,
- Life space design and improvement,
- Hospital equipment,
- Educational toys or games,
- Scenario building for the “light economy” and the “green economy.”

Laura Gasparini - Serin
Laura Gasparini - Serin

Becoming a responsible designer

Life expectancy growing longer, crumbling social ties, disasters, poverty, pollution, overcrowding… many great challenges are looming over our modern-day societies.
Design must strive to provide collectively thought-up responsible answers to these emerging issues by making use of its global and systemic vision of the world.

The role of the designer is not merely to manage, but to anticipate and even provoke these fundamental evolutions that mark our collective lives. Resolving development that is sustainable and inclusive in a context that is often the opposite demands more from a designer than their traditional set of skills. Along with creativity, ideation and communication skills, today designers need to be able to empathize as well as manage - a delicate balance of "soft and hard skills."

The MDes Responsible Innovation trains designers in all these skills, so that they may find their voice and make their unique contribution in the ever-changing social and economic context.


Gaining expertise in responsible design

Throughout this MDes program, students will develop skills and know-how in Responsible Innovation via design projects, workshops, seminars, roundtables, courses and professional activities.

They will grow to understand the notion of “Responsibility” by:
- Discussing social issues through examples,
- Examining case studies both French and international,
- Undertaking critical examination of economic motivations and their social and environmental ramifications,
- Challenging preconceptions of the designers’ domain of intervention.

…and embrace the culture of “Innovation” by:
- Collecting documentation on “best practices” coming from the public as well as corporate sector,
- Carrying out projects with industrial and institutional partners,
- Building ambitious scenarios and future projections to consolidate the culture of innovation.



English or French, according to which group the student has applied to and his/her language proficiency.


A few of our partners

Candide puériculture
Sotec medical
GE Healthcare
L’Oréal Cosmetics

Competitiveness clusters
Nova Child
Cluster West

International associations
Practice Research Education
Design Cumulus Working Group – DESIS Network (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability)

Educational institutions
ESCEM (Graduate School of Business and Management Tours-Poitiers, Department of Economics, Law and Sustainable Development)


Important notice : Admissions to the MDes Responsible Innovation program are closed for the academic year 2014-2015. Applications for 2015-2016 will open on November 17, 2014.

Laure Retailleau - Haven
Laure Retailleau - Haven