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M2 - Design Research

The Master 2 Design Research 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 this second year of the Master's degree in Design Research is to continue the designer/researcher training that began in M1, this time focusing on training with research tools and research through practice, by establishing individual challenges.

The entry profiles for this course are as follows:
  • Ecole Normale students who have completed their second or third 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 M1;
  • Students educated to 1st year Master's degree level in design or other creative/design disciplines.

Content of the Master 2

Course prospects
Students are in a position to continue on to a doctorate or towards careers in higher education and research, or towards roles requiring specific research skills (such as public bodies and Research and Development).

Academic partners for the course
    ENSCI-Les Ateliers


  • Individual research project
  • Research theories and methods
  • Theory-based workshops, courses, and seminars
  • Project-based research workshops

Teaching team

  • James Auger, designer, lecturer and researcher, ENS Paris-Saclay
  • Etienne Axelos, designer, ENSCI-Les Ateliers
  • Armand Behar, visual artist, lecturer and researcher, ENSCI-Les Ateliers
  • Claire Dumont, designer, ENSCI-Les Ateliers
  • Clément Gaillard, doctoral student in design, complementary module manager, ENS Paris-Saclay
  • Clémentine Gozlan, teaching fellow, Department of Social Sciences, ENS Paris-Saclay
  • Nathalie Guimbretière, designer, teaching fellow, ENS Paris-Saclay
  • Samuel Huron, designer, university lecturer, Télécom Paris
  • Anne Lefebvre, philosophy lecturer, ENS Paris-Saclay
  • Baptiste Meyniel, doctoral student in design, complementary module manager, ENS Paris-Saclay
  • Stéphane Safin, lecturer and researcher in cognitive ergonomics, Télécom Paris
  • Other researchers who are part of the Design Research Centre (CRD) at the ENSCI-Les Ateliers ENS Paris-Saclay and/or the Co-Design Lab team at Laboratoire i3 (Telecom Paris / CNRS), who can oversee individual research projects:
    • Roland Cahen, lecturer and researcher, ENSCI-Les Ateliers
    • Annie Gentes, professor with accreditation to oversee research, Telecom Paris
    • Olivier Hirt, lecturer and researcher, ENSCI-Les Ateliers
    • Noémie Lesartre, lecturer and researcher, ENSCI-Les Ateliers

Lieux d'enseignement :

  • 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

  • Centre Georges Pompidou
    Place Georges Pompidou
    75004 Paris


Anne Lefebvre,
responsable de la formation

Nathalie Guimbretiere
co-responsable de la formation

ENS Paris Saclay
Département Design
(Bâtiment Cournot, rdc)
61, avenue du Président Wilson
94235 Cachan.