Master of science
Nature-Inspired Design® (N.I.D)

REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN for next year! new program!

Apply from now to join the next class in January 2024.

Application form to download below here on this page.

For more information, please contact anthony.pierlot[a]

+336 80 07 25 37


Why applying to this program?

The students of the MSc Nature Inspired Design will be involved in designing innovative bio-inspired / bio-based solutions in order to face contemporary issues ; reinventing their own professional practice by using Nature as an inspiration, material or process.

Highly motivated, openminded and fascinated by Nature professionals from all around the world, this course is meant for you.


Learning objectives

Demonstrate advanced nature inspired design knowledge and skills in :

  • Biomimicry and bio-inspiration
  • Design project management
  • Design tools
  • Ecodesign practices
  • Emerging technologies
  • Green technologies
  • Circular economy
  • Innovation and jugaad
  • Sustainability
  • Ethics and law


Please note, due to the conditions imposed by the current context, our services cannot receive payment of registration fees by check. We invite you to use exclusively bank transfer, indicating your name and the name of the MS for which you are applying.

With the support of CEEBIOS / Centre européen d’excellence en biomimétisme

"The CEEBIOS enthusiastically welcomes the initiative of this master dedicated to bioinspired design proposed by ENSCi-LES Ateliers.This is an unprecedented opportunity to offer, finally, a degree program on the French territory. (...)
The work of structuring and federating French actors around the approach initiated by CEEBIOS, demonstrate the urgency of mobilizing higher education to train in these new concepts. The numerous companies already engaged in bioinspired innovation are in expectation of transdisciplinary profiles and are starting phases of recruitment of trainees and employees to help them clear the ground on its complex subjects. (...)
Given the societal and environmental challenges that the design professions will have to integrate to support the necessary transition, to look at the achievements of life and its opportunities for responsible innovation becomes inevitable.

We are therefore convinced that, in addition to meeting a real demand, both for the learners and for the job market, this training is a very good step forward.

The CEEBIOS therefore fully supports this initiative and actively wishes to contribute to it. "

Kalina Raskin,
Head of Ceebios


With the support of World Design Organization

"In a world in perpetual evolution, while climate, societal and technological issues challenge the solutions currently provided by organizations, private and public, WDO supports any initiative contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
I know that the MSc "Nature Inspired Design" is one of them.It will help to change design paradigms for designers and engineers, by taking inspiration from what is ingenious, virtuous in nature, respectful of ecosystems, and in a spirit of benefit shared by all.
(... )I am supportive of this program and will make it known to support student projects and internships, to give lectures, and many other forms of collaboration within the WDO community.
I am convinced that this Master of Science will help train future designers sought by companies in the years to follow."

Gilles Rougon, Treasurer and board member



Could you enlighten me on the professional aspect of the master?

The master will be taught by professionals and research professors, in link and support with labs and companies


What would be the stage internship / partnerships over the 12 months?

-6 months of theory and projects on the basis of 2 to 3 days a week and some intensive weeks

-6 months of internship, with two days per month at school for debriefing and coaching

-Presentation of thesis before professional and academic jury

Is it possible to propose an internship for the 2nd period and a project for the 3rd period in partnership with the same company?

It is quite possible to do the internship in your company
However, the internship can not exceed 6 months on the period of the program
During the partnership phase, it is possible if your employer is willing to partner with the school and propose a topic that will be worked in a group.


Does the program offer to put in contact with companies and structures for the research of internship?

- Companies have solicited us and we will share this information and proposals, but  the research of your internship remains to you


Do you have any additional information on job openings after the master's degree?

-We aim: CSR project leader, sustainable development, sustainable innovation manager, and we can also practice as a consultant .

-According to the Usbek & Rica magazine: Maybe, in the near future, we will all be required to pass an "environmental certificate" see the article



What is the deadline for submitting applications and are there other recruitment steps?

-The recruitment is set throught different jurys in between june and november

The sooner the file is filed, the better (to  prepare your financing and internship)
-The second and final stage of recruitment is the interview, by visual or skype with the educational leaders of the master.


The recruitment period is in progress; when do you hope to finish it? When will you be able to return to the postulants?

-We receive your files, educational  committee reads it and give their go/no go,  the candidates are asked for an interview with the educational leaders and answer is given on the go , in the week that follows.


Can the price of training go up or down? Do you know when it will be fixed?

Price is set, it will not change

Do you know about grant / award opportunities?

-For foreign students: Campus France Excellence Scholarships

-For French students, look at funding associations or look for a company for an experimental  professionalization contract (new disposition of Avenir Law)



Educational leaders

Guillian Graves

Industrial designer and Biodesigner

Simon d'Hénin

Designer and instructor at ENSCI-Les Ateliers


- Engineers, designers, architects, scientists, project managers and entrepreneurs

- Required level : Bachelor, M1


Language of instruction is 50% in English and 50% in French

Next session

New classes start in January each year.

Inaugural conference and workshop days upon arrival in January.



New class 2023: starts on january 12TH

Meeting and conference on the 13TH of january

LEX from the 22nd until 27th of january  2023 (Marinarium de Concarneau, French Brittany)


12 months, part time 

-4 months courses- 2/3 days a week

-4 months industrial team project-2/3 days a week

-4 to 6 months internship



- About 520 hours of academic teaching

-About 679 hours of professional training

Total of 1199 hours


ENSCI-Les Ateliers (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industriel)
First and foremost national design school in France.

48 rue Saint Sabin, 75011 Paris, France


For individuals, small companies, associations: 12 000€ 
For companies: 14 500€
Unemployed: 10 000€

Additional technical costs: 100€


Make it easier to come and study to France and contact Campus art:


Anthony Pierlot