Cycle 2: design option

The design option at isdaT endeavours to address the current imbalance between design practices and the issue of overproduction in capitalist societies.

This orientation results in the development of an attitude towards design that is attentive, sensitive and critical whilst considering the complexity of ecological and social balances: human organisations, resources, modes of supply and production, the uses and practices that extend beyond a fixed proposal, adaptability, repairability, and even self-management by the inhabitants concerned.

Thus, the specificity of the training lies partly in the practice of a field.

Confronted with diverse project contexts rooted in reality, students are encouraged to observe, analyse, and investigate the contexts approached in order to be as close as possible to the protagonists and the specificities of the different areas*. In addition, a practical workshop offers a space to cultivate a spirit of ingenuity and inventiveness in order to think and to create operative forms which are able to make the world more liveable in everyday life, whether it involves designing the signs, the objects or the spaces.

*This investigation practice is as much a methodological contribution as a strategy for integration into the economic and social network.

Spaces, objects and ecosystems specialisation

In the second cycle, the Design option with a specialisation in Spaces, objects and ecosystems trains designers who wish to carry out unique design research in a specific context. Students are required to design and carry out prospective projects in consideration of complex ecosystems, according to an approach that takes shape in one or more fields: urban design, space design, object design, design of information or awareness-raising tools, by enhancing the resources available in the areas to which they are attached.

Taking care of the environments we live in involves considering the material conditions of existence – questioning the modes of production, the sources of energy, the modes of food production, the urban organisations and the modes of transport on which we depend. This objective requires a new attitude towards the contexts approached and a particular attention to the specificities of the areas, to the practices of the inhabitants, to the organisations at work, to the interactions between the living and non-living elements of an ecosystem.

The teaching is based on the contribution of specific knowledge (theoretical, historical, and technical) and adapted methodologies (tools of analysis and field investigation, consultation, collective creation) which lead to the formulation of a critical outlook that enables the implementation of an appropriate response.

The curriculum includes theoretical courses, a project workshop (choice of 2 studios), an introduction to artistic research workshop (AIRA, choice of 2), research and personal projects (research journal, anthropological investigation tools, spatial installation…), as well as time dedicated to professionalisation (internships, workshops, participation in exhibitions, competitions, and other events).

Farah Harmouch, DNSEP option design 2020. Photographie © Franck Alix
Nour Matrak, admise avec mention, DNSEP option design 2022. Photographie © Franck Alix


Students will have to complete one or more internships in semester 8, lasting four weeks. The Erasmus exchange stay must also take place in semester 8.

Vincent Kremer, admis avec mention, DNSEP option design 2019. Photographie © Franck Alix

Courses catalog

Since the start of the 2023 academic year, all information concerning the course programme and timetables can be found on the dedicated Art, design and graphic design courses catalog website (in French).


Art, design, and graphic design studies director
David Mozziconacci

Coordinating teachers
Nathalie Bruyère and Jean-Marc Evezard

Department secretary
Bettina Mellet and Fabrice Matéo
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