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M1 - Design Research

The Design Research Master's degree sets out to train designer-researchers to be able to examine contemporary ways of life through the design project and research.

The objective of the first year of the Design Master's is to educate students through research and in research, via learning by doing, helping to train them in the fundamental tools and concepts of the discipline.

This first year of the Master's course offers different scenarios to help improve practice (such as workshops and internships), based on essential skills for a future designer-researcher, such as gathering information, modelling, experimenting, coding, depicting, and publishing.


The entry profiles for this course are as follows:
  • Ecole Normale students who have completed their first year at the ENS Paris-Saclay;
  • Students educated at National Ministry of Education Schools of Applied Arts or at Ministry of Culture Schools of Art and Design, reaching a level of at least L3
  • Students educated to undergraduate degree level in design or other creative/design disciplines.

Master's degree content

The Master's degree begins in September 2020.
Duration: 1 year
ECTS credits: 60

Academic partners for the course: 
Télécom Paris

Course prospects
Students are in a position to move towards one of the Master's degrees in the specific field of study, particularly towards the second year of the Design Research Master's degree.


  • Exploring design practice
  • Completing the research project
  • Documenting/cataloguing/collecting
  • Languages
  • Computer skills for design
  • Research explorations
  • Professional immersion internship

Teaching team

Saclay teaching institutions

  • École normale supérieure de Paris-Saclay
    4, avenue des Sciences
    91190 Gif-sur-Yvette

  • Télécom Paris
    19, place Marguerite Perey
    91120 Palaiseau
  • ENSCI-Les Ateliers
    48, rue Saint-Sabin
    75011 Paris