ENSCI - Les Ateliers

ENSCI is not simply a design school. It does train designers, in the widest sense of the word, apt to respond to the evolution of society in a world undergoing profound change, where the logic of the market, the expression of needs and the consideration of the group interest are interdependent. The work of the designer is more and more forward-looking, constantly subject to new constraints, which means he/she has to look for responses beyond the set model, make new and original proposals. The field is as diverse as production itself, at a time when almost everything is produced by industrial processes. For over a century designers have been designing extremely varied forms, objects and environments, but also services and systems, i.e. forms of social life, contours of everyday procedures and acts. 

Digital technology has increased this diversity, not only because it radically changes the tools of the trade, but also and above all because it constantly invites new uses, new practices. The virtual world has opened up a field of infinite scope for design. 

Designers should be aware that industrial design is part and parcel of the present age of uncertainty, be it economic, cultural, ecological or even political. What should be produced today, and how should it be produced so that it doesn’t further underline social injustice, put a further burden on life, do further damage to the planet? These questions are a permanent feature of design today and confer upon the design profession a dimension of gravity and on the designer, an undeniable ethical status. Beyond technological revolutions, the profession is confronting permanent sociological transformation and serious issues of survival. It calls on qualities which have become essential, a critical spirit, a sense of responsibility, an ability to invent strategies, but also flexibility, versatility and adaptability since in professional practice project contexts differ so much from one part of the world to another. 

ENSCI has therefore made a conscious choice in favour of diversity with a multidisciplinary education based on four principles:

  • diversified recruitment from artistic, literary and scientific backgrounds; 
  • a multidisciplinary theoretical and practical teaching programme which includes commissioned projects from industrial partners: 
  • project-based learning in studios run by practising professional designers; 
  • a personalised curriculum which takes into account the singularity of each student and encourages him/her to become independent and develop his/her sense of responsibility. 

Since its creation ENSCI has thus succeeded in producing designers with very varied profiles. This diversity is clearly apparent at the viva voce degree presentations and confirmed by the school’s graduates professional activity in a multiplicity of sectors in today’s extensive field of design in France and abroad, whether in companies or in design agencies, in the public or in the private sector.