Research in Design
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. The Design Research track aims to train students in the specific practice of design research. Through a transdisciplinary approach the program 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 (information 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.
Language of instruction: French and English
ECTS: 60 Ects
Duration: 1 year
Courses Location : Palaiseau & Paris
The Design Research Master aims to train students in the practice of design-specific research. The training aims to acquire a culture of scientific research, in particular on criteria of precision and depth of analysis, with an emphasis on research in and through the project; to master investigation tools specific to design and borrowed from the human and social sciences; as well as to complete the training in the designer’s modes of creation, expression, representation and communication. The training 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 doctorate.
The program structure is based four main components, 1) student research project, 2) theory, 3) field study, 4) Workshops. The student research project is a project conduct by the student during the year of the Master program, it will be validated by a master’s thesis and a project production. The project has to be defined in relation to the research of one of the institution laboratories. This research project is supported by the teaching team in a collective supervision, and individually supervision with an experienced researcher. The year begins with fundamental teachings for design research (methods, epistemology, etc.) in class. Then some field study methodology is taught including (anthropology, ergonomic, documentation tools). Along the year the student will access to multiple seminars about design cultures, technologies, prospective and anticipation. Along the year some intensive design workshop will be conducted on different in the partner schools and in the fields. The year is structured to provide theoretical class at the beginning and gradually give more and more importance to the student’s project and to thematic workshops and seminars.
The laboratories involved are :
- i3, Institut Interdisciplinaire de l’Innovation, une unité mixte de recherche CNRS (UMR 9217)
- Le centre de recherche en design de l’ENS
The opportunities of the Master are multiples: academic career as a teacher-researcher, positions of responsibility within the R&D of large companies waiting for designers, development of a professional activity (such as an agency), with a research dimension now expected in this professional world, public institutions.
- Télécom Paris – Institut Polytechnique de Paris
- ENSCI – Les Ateliers : École nationale supérieure de création industrielle
- ENS – École Normale Supérieure de Paris-Saclay (Université Paris Saclay)
Master 1 or equivalent in domains such as domaines des arts appliquée ou Ingénieur.
French and English
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.
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.
National master: Official tuition fees of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation
(2019-2020, EU students: 243 euros / Non-EU students: 3770 euros)
• Samuel Huron, enseignant-chercheur en Design, Télécom Paris
• Stéphane Safin, enseignant-chercheur en Ergonomie, Télécom Paris