The Master’s program in Design is directed to engineers and designer students and aims at training designer-researchers able to pursue a PhD, to teach in major design schools or to integrate R&D centers in private companies. Consisting in a Design Research (DR) track, a Higher Education Teacher Training (HET) track and a Design Strategy Engineering (DSE) track, this Master’s program brings together the competencies of several major institutions in this discipline to offer a rich teaching offer adapted to the current and future landscape of the field. IP Paris mainly works on the M1 Representations, gestures, tools, and the M2 Design Research.


The Design Research track aims to train students in the specific practice of design research. Through a multidisciplinary approach, it addresses the designer’s positioning, questioning and research strategy. Students are expected to acquire a culture of scientific research, in particular on precision and depth of analysis, with an emphasis on research in and through the project; to master investigation tools specific to design, as well as to humanities and social sciences; and to finalize their training in the designer’s modes of creation, expression, representation and communication. The Master is intended to be generalist and addresses all fields of design (product design, space design, service design, interaction design, social innovation design, science-design interface, etc.) and is structured around a student’s personal project, inserted into a research team (immersion internship), which may eventually lead to a PhD.

The Higher Education Teacher Training track includes preparation for the “agrégation d’arts, option arts appliqués” and aims to provide design students with the practical and theoretical knowledge of the current state of the discipline (project practice, design topicality, history and historiography of the field, editorial skills assuming a form of criticism of the project, shaping, expression and communication of the project, as well as training in specific, even rhetorical, pedagogical practices in the field).

The Design Strategy Engineering course is part of a training course for executives, researchers and designers in all fields of design application and aims to enable students to acquire general knowledge of the industrial world and Design; theoretical and practical knowledge related to the field of industrial design; and to know how to implement the transversal skills required to successfully complete a project (in terms of project management, communication, management, etc.). Part of this training is provided by industrial stakeholders.


Master 1 consists in a common core curriculum designed to bring all students to a common baseline level. The ” Design Strategy Engineering (DSE)” option, led by the University of Evry, complements the core curriculum with training based on a technical approach to professional practices in project management and industrial design strategy. The “Representations, Actions and Tools” option (DR & HET), led by the ENS Paris-Saclay, offers a reflective and experimental training of project practices in Design, strongly oriented towards research.

The DR M2 is based on a personal research project carried out by each student, articulated with the problems of a research team, through an immersion internship in a laboratory. The project is supported by the team of teacher through a collective supervision, and individually by an experienced tutor. The year begins with fundamental teachings for research (methods, epistemology, etc.) to gradually give more and more importance to the student’s project and to thematic workshops and seminars.

The training of M2 FES is essentially based on workshops, supplemented by a few lectures accounting for about 30% of the training. The M2 sets up all the necessary settings to prepare for the agrégation tests.

For the M2 DSE, lessons are organized in theoretical and practical lessons and focused on implementation through many project sessions and applied lessons. Digital teaching tools are at the heart of the interaction with the student: the provision of course materials, restitution of student work, serious games… The last semester is devoted to an internship in a company or laboratory[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Master 2

Master 2 Research in Design

PhD Track

PhD Track in Design


The opportunities of the DR track are numerous: academic career as a teacher-researcher, positions of responsibility within the R&D departments of large companies, development of a professional activity (agency) with a research dimension now expected in this professional world, public institutions…

HET track graduates may integrate design and crafts education positions within the framework of national education, but also within the framework of the Ministry of Culture’s schools.

The DSE track aims to articulate the skills of engineering to those of design in the field of product design, the professions targeted are varied: design engineer, project manager, artistic director, creative director, designer.



  • Université Paris Saclay (ENS Paris Saclay + Université d’Evry) (co-accréditant)
  • ENSCI – Les Ateliers : École nationale supérieure de création industrielle (co-accréditant)
  • Ecole Nationale des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Arts
    Université Paris-1


Application guidelines for a master’s program at IP Paris

Academic prerequisites

  • Completion of the 1st year of a master program (Master 1)

Language prerequisites

  • The Master program is taught in French.

Application timeline
Master 1 and Master 2 – Deadlines for the Master application sessions are as follows:
– First session: February 28, 2020
– Second session: April 30, 2020
– Third Session (optional): June 30, 2020 (only if there are availabilities remaining after the 2 first sessions)
Applications not finalized for a session will automatically be carried over to the next session.

PhD Tracks – The deadline for PhD Track application is February 28, 2020 – Extended to March 22, 2020
Eligible applicants on the basis of the provided documentation will be contacted for an interview from the 15th of March onwards.

You shall receive an answer 2 months after the application deadline of the session.
You can check your application status by logging in your candidate space.


  • Samuel Huron, enseignant-chercheur en Design, Télécom Paris
  • Stéphane Safin, enseignant-chercheur en Ergonomie, Télécom Paris


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