ENSCI - Les Ateliers is recognized for its innovative approach to design education, based on the following principles: diversity of student profiles, individualized curricula, mixed year groups, project-based learning, international experience.
Les Ateliers was designed to provide Masters-level design education. The School offers a balance of academic study and professional experience via a generalist, industrial design program. Rather than channelling learning according to separate design disciplines, each student experiences a broad range of project contexts, areas and partnerships, gradually developing a personal design profile.
The academic year is divided into two semester blocks of 5 months during which students organize their work between classes, seminars and a studio-project. Orientation tutorials close the semester and fix a personal study program for the semester ahead, according to each student's background, progress and design interest. Consequently, project teams and some classes are mixed-level and every students benefits from the experience of the others.
The project studios are led by practising designers who represent different specialist areas and design focus. Students change project groups each semester, thus benefiting from a range of professional approaches throughout their course of studies.
For the main part, studio projects are run in partnership with companies, public services, research laboratories etc., with clients who are actively involved at each stage of the project's development. Each project benefits from input from a broad range of experts and users, thus encouraging transdisciplinary team working.
Wood, metal, plastic and model workshops are available to students and most projects end with the realization of prototypes or models.