Engineering and digital sciences for art, culture and heritage

Head: Florent Laroche


The engineer where he/she is least expected.

  • Discover the world of art and entertainment from the engineering perspective
  • Discover history, heritage and archaeology from the engineering perspective
  • Combine human sciences and engineering sciences: methods, tools, languages etc.
Students will acquire a common professional vocabulary in the field of digital culture (tools, method, epistemology...) and develop key skills of the Centrale Nantes skills reference framework: 'Business and innovation' and 'design and implementation of transdisciplinary projects'.

Course Content

An interdisciplinary approach is used through the creation of interdisciplinary teams: Centrale Nantes, Faculty of Arts, Fine Arts College etc. The course is not about creating new technology and / or start-ups in the digital age, but rather understanding the other disciplines to allow for better integration into the fields of art, culture and heritage.

Technical topics covered include digital archaeology, virtual reality, user experience, museography, 3D scanning, Text Encoding Initiative etc. Training in business methodology and in the management of cultural projects is also provided. Feedback from professionals (theatre engineer, stage show project engineer, instrument-maker engineer, photographer engineer etc) and project-based learning are both important features of the course.

Some of the modules are taught in conjunction with partner schools and laboratories:

  • Master in "Mediation, expertise and cultural development" - dual diploma programme taught by Nantes Fine Arts School and the University of Nantes
  • Seminar in partnership with ITEM Paris - 1 afternoon / month
  • Seminar with the François Viète Center for the History of Science and Technology - weekly
  • Institutional and industrial partners: University of Nantes, Local Authority Department of Culture, Voyage à Nantes, Stereolux, MG Design, 100 million pixels, liber-D, AMG Fechoz, Museums, RMN, MSH etc
The course also includes planned visits to cultural sites: Arc'Antique laboratory, Nantes history museum, Nantes theatre, Scopitone, Cie La Machine etc.

Practical aspects

  • 20 students maximum, Master level
  • 96 teaching hours
  • 40 project hours
  • Location: Centrale Nantes campus or offsite depending on the interventions (MSH, Beaux-Arts etc)
NB courses are taught in French. An excellent command and understanding of the French language is mandatory.

Sectors of activity and employment prospects

  • Cultural institutions: museums, theatres
  • Research laboratories
  • Production or engineering companies
  • Private companies specializing in media or heritage
Published on June 9, 2017 Updated on October 16, 2017