ENSCI - Les Ateliers

We are an interdisciplinary, industrial design, graduate-level school in the heart of Paris

Last year we celebrated 30 years of activity.

Founded in 1982, ENSCI-Les Ateliers is jointly governed by the Ministries of Culture and Industry. The School offers advanced study, consultancy and research in all aspects of contemporary design practice.

Each year 50 students are selected for integrated master study tracks of 5, 4 or 3 years, depending on previous qualifications and experience. Our degree is recognised at level 1 of the national register of professional certification.

The School also offers a Textile designer master (DT), a professional master in Design and contemporary technology (CtC) and the Innovation by Design (IdB) programme for non-designers. 

Les Ateliers is recognised for its innovative approach to design education, based on diversity of student profiles, individualised programming and project-based learning. Academic study is balanced with professional experience and the study platform allows each student to develop his / her own profile, vision and field of practice. 

Students gain experience in applying design intelligence to a range of socio-economic and cultural contexts and are exposed to a constantly evolving range of design fields and projects. 

Learning to work in partnership with non-design experts is essential and this experience is extended through “Residences” in research laboratories (for example the CEA - the French government-funded technological research organisation, Grenoble) or joint programming / research with leading management and engineering schools, universities and social science labs. 

An industrial partnership programme provides the frame for commissioned project work in one of a dozen (approx.) project studios and postgraduate D Labs, and a wide range of professional internships is available in France and abroad. 

Exposure to the thinking and expertise of the multitude of specialist areas which make up design practice today prepares students for interdisciplinary team working and the challenge of complexity.

ENSCI-Les Ateliers is a founding member of the Master of European Design programme (MEDes.) created with 6 other leading institutes in Helsinki (Aalto University), Stockholm (Konstfack), Glasgow (GSA), Cologne (KISD), Milan (Politecnico) and, recently, the University of Aveiro in Portugal.  The MEDes. has also set up a joint research platform and close cooperation with non-European partners such as the University of Chiba, Japan (“Friend of MEDes”).

The school joined Icsid in 1985, is part of the DESIS Network (Paris DESIS Lab*, created 2012) and is a Cumulus member school. 

Les Ateliers is located in historic premises near the Bastille - once home to the workshops of the decorator Jansen - and is open 24 hours a day all year round. Visit us at 48 rue Saint Sabin, 75011 Paris.