2 July 2015


ENSCI-Les Ateliers is a French Grande école dedicated to industrial design. ENSCI’s mission in this field is to train designers to a standard of excellence enabling them to develop and promote creative industrial design - both immaterial and material - for the 21st century. As designers whose work helps to forge social and economic values, they must be able to offer products that are both aesthetic and functional, with a high use value.

ENSCI – Les Ateliers

48, rue Saint Sabin
75011 Paris
Tel. : +33 (0) 1 49 23 12 12
Email : communication@ensci.com
Website : www.ensci.com

Key figures

  • Founded in 1982
  • Total number of students in 2013: 273
  • Students who graduated from our initial training courses (Master’s level) in 2010 began their careers in France or abroad in integrated business services (30%), in existing agencies (30%), as freelancers or by creating their own agencies (40%), (data for 2010, at a time of economic market contraction)

Major subjects

ENSCI-Les Ateliers, as part of its initial training activities, offers Master’s degree courses in:

  • Industrial design
  • Textile design

Postgraduates may also take two specialized Master’s courses accredited by the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles:

  • Creation and contemporary technology
  • Innovation by design

Double degrees: double degree courses in engineering, management, and / or social sciences are organized with higher education institutions or universities.


  • Innovation: under a general partnership agreement with the CEA (Department of Technological Research), ENSCI-Les Ateliers now offers a residency in Grenoble at the MINATEC (innovation campus for micro and nanotechnologies). A residency with DIGITEO at CEA Saclay is also planned.
  • Double degree: ENCI-Les Ateliers also partners a double degree course in “science and design” and research promotion with the Paris 6 Pierre & Marie Curie University
  • Research: in 2011, ENSCI-Les Ateliers created the ENSCI- Paris DESIS Lab®. This laboratory – the first of its kind in France – draws on the DESIS network (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability) and works with DESIS Parsons / NYC, Politecnico / Milan, Mad Faculty / Genk, Central Saint Martin / London, Malmö University / Malmö and Aalto University / Helsinki. The Paris Design Lab research laboratory at ENSCI-Les Ateliers has two aims: to bring design as developed at Les Ateliers and its original contributions to the “Science of Design” into the academic field and into international scientific debates; to develop interfaces with other disciplines that contribute knowledge required by current practice in design. Bringing design into the orbit of research helps to strengthen the profession and its credibility and to upgrade the skills of graduates in design
  • Business sector: ENSCI-Les Ateliers maintains close links with business and industry through a wide range of programmes such as study and research partnerships, workshops, internships with companies and agencies in France and abroad, visits to companies and industrial sites, professional meetings and conferences. A club of partner companies was created in 2012.
  • International relations: a cross-cutting department of international relations geared to educational programmes keeps ENSCI’s international relations on a dynamic footing. This department initiates collaborative work between professionals, students and teachers of industrial design and promotes links with other fields of specialization. It also coordinates language teaching and lectures by experts from other countries. Agreements with the National University of Singapore and Japan’s Chiba University have established new strategic partnerships in Asia. In Europe, ENSCI-Les Ateliers is one of the seven founding institutions of the MEDes diploma (Master of European Design).