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ENSCI – Les Ateliers (Ecole Nationale Superieure de Creation Industrielle)


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Mission Statement

Founded in 1982, the Ecole nationale supérieure de création industrielle (ENSCI) is the first French public institute specialising in advanced studies in Industrial Creation and Textile Design. ENSCI is placed under the authority of the French ministries for culture and industry. Today, ENSCI’s programme spans a broad spectrum of contemporary design applications – product design, digital design, service design, textile design, etc. ENSCI’s programme is structured around an individualised, project-based education which combines theory and design practice. Students are exposed to a range of methodologies and tools – from traditional techniques to cutting edge technologies. The course is also designed to offer the critical base necessary to understand the cultural, economic and societal context of their future careers. ENSCI is located in the heart of Paris near the Place de la Bastille in a historic building which once housed the workshops of the renowned decorator Jansen. The premises are open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, enabling students to plan their work according to their own working patterns and schedules. In addition to a team of permanent academic staff, French and foreign experts (designers artists, architects, industrialists, engineers, sociologists, historians, economists, etc.) are invited for conferences and workshops. ENSCI’s partnership programme with industry offers the platform for students to gain insight into a wide range of professional worlds via commissioned projects in the school. All students carry out a six-month internship before the final diploma year and are encouraged to gain experience abroad, within an academic exchange or a professional internship. Each year, over 300 students from many different cultural backgrounds study at the school in Industrial Design or Textile Design and obtain a master's degree. Dual-course programs and double degree programs are much in demand. A research programme at ENSCI is active with the Centre for Design Research in collaboration with ENS Paris-Saclay (Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay) and two Chairs: "S'entendre" and "Innovation Publique".

International Role

Facilitate inward and outward student (BA, MA, Doctoral) and staff mobilities.

Build partnerships with institutions, schools and universities at Bachelor, Master and Research level.

Consolidate strong partnerships such as MEDES uniting 7 European schools and universities.

Develop the visibility of ENSCI-Les Ateliers worldwide through exhibitions, talks, industrial partnerships and competitions.

National Role

Build partnerships with institutions, schools and universities to develop dual-course programs; double degrees; workshops; chairs.

Develop the visibility of ENSCI-Les Ateliers on a national scale through exhibitions, talks, industrial partnerships and competitions.

Participate in the "Assises du Design" and in the New European Bauhaus as partner.

Main Focus

Master Programme in Industrial Design

Master Programme in Textile Design

Continuing Education : 1/ Nature-Inspired Design (N.I.D.); 2/ Innovation By Design (I.B.D.) 3/ MASTÈRE SPÉCIALISÉ CRÉATION & TECHNOLOGIE CONTEMPORAINE (in French); Short term trainings in sustainability, technology, management, innovation; Online short term trainings.

Innovation et Créativité par le Design; Développement Durable et Design.

Faculties and Departments

Industrial Design

Textile Design

Research in Design

Continuing Education

Master Level Programs

Industrial Design

Textile Design

Subject Areas for Exchange Students

Exchange programs are possible at ENSCI in general industrial design or textile design.

All exchange students are asked to participate in a selection process.

Application Deadlines

1 May for the September to February semester

1 November for the February to July semester

Teaching Languages

French, some courses in English, some international seminars and workshops in English. Student counselling and tutorials are possible in English and Italian. Support is available in Spanish.

Semester Dates

Early September to end of January

Mid February to early July

Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)

1300-1500 euros per month.


Master: 55
Doctorate: 10

Exchange Students

Incoming: 25
Outgoing: 15

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