Discover the Beninese culture through a two-year MDes program, and obtain a French certified degree.
Benin is undergoing rapid development of its territory and the digital transition of its companies, placing urban planning and societal design at the heart of the Africa Studio’s challenges.
In this program, taught in French, students will work in multicultural teams on projects focusing on societal, ecological, and environmental issues and will try to answer the question of how to put design at the service of the population and its surroundings.
In partnership with the Africa Design School, the first design school in West Africa based in Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin.
The MDes programs, established over two years, are organized in four semesters validated by 30 ECTS each. A consequent and increasing personal working time is expected for each module.
Students spend this semester abroad in an internship as a junior designer (13 weeks minimum).
The goal of this semester for students is to highlight and expand professional knowledge in the context of another culture.
During this semester, students learn how to manage complex design projects, deepen their knowledge of the economic, social, and cultural aspects of the field covered in their program, build and apply a methodology and support their end-of-term project. studies, the subject of which they themselves define.
Teaching, delivered in the form of projects in partnership with industry, workshops, lectures, conferences, and professional meetings includes the following compulsory credits:
Design and complexity project
Workshop to define the end of studies project
Prospective design project
Seminar specific to the theme of the program
Introduction to the research workshop
Professionalisation / lab
Preparation for the end of studies project, complimentary seminar
Memory preparation workshop
Continuation and finalization of the end-of-studies project summarizing all the professional skills acquired. It can be conducted in collaboration with a company and/or research laboratory of a partner university. This personal end-of-studies project must be related to the program in which students are enrolled.
Supervision is ensured in the form of workshops under the direction of a referent designer, to which punctual speakers are associated. Writing a thesis on the theme of the project.
Initiation to law
introduction to management
End of studies project workshop
Professionalization & lab
The study program ends with a minimum of sixteen weeks (and a maximum of six months) internship within a company, in France or abroad.
Trainees work as junior designers and support all or part of a project.
The student must demonstrate his ability to integrate into a team, manage a project and develop all the sequences of the project for its smooth running. It allows the student to articulate all of his studies with what will be his first professional experience.
Depending on the professional project of the student, this internship can also take place within a company that the student will create, or even within a research laboratory.
Job prospects and further education
International career prospects
This program trains students to become global players who can converse fluently in English and possibly even Portuguese, understanding the Brasilian context better, and most of all, improve the ability to design for clients and employers from other cultures. It is a living experience that will change its participants, often opening up unexpected, exciting international career opportunities.
A Master's Level Degree
The Master's Degree in Design delivered after the successful completion of the two years leads to the Master’s level degree in design, certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and registered in the Registre National des Certifications Professionnelles (the French directory for vocational qualifications or RNCP) as a Level 7 Master’s degree.