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Postgraduate Diploma On Campus

Designer in Sustainable Innovation

BESIGN The Sustainable Design School

24 months
10600 EUR/year
9600 EUR/year
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The Design pedagogy of the degree Designer in Sustainable Innovation develops your skills in the domain of Design, Sustainability and Leadership. Students learn to develop Services, Experiences, Systemic Solutions, Business Models and more. Sustainability refers to the 17 Sustainable Development goals by the United Nations, which give a new orientation for a human values based future.

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During the first year (Master 1 level), students start to link their creative skills with strategic power. They will be exposed to a high level of Design studies, with published knowledge in multiple domains driving the pedagogy. They will come to understand Contextual Design Research, Research Methodologies, in-depth modules around the nature of Design, Design Thinking and Creativity.

During the first semester students participate at a workshop on Biodiversity, called Non Human Centered Design, which is in collaboration with a Dutch and a German Design institution. The entire classes travel to the other campuses and collaborate with the peer students.

In parallel to the courses and workshops, every student is enrolled in a partnership project with one of our coorporate partners, working in teams to respond to a theme proposed by the company. Here the Master level students have a leader role. The expectations are to present a solution to the company, including mock-ups, prototypes, teasers, and concepts. All of this is settled in the spirit of Sustainable Design Thinking, Frugal Innivation, Knowledge Design, Circular Economy, Social Innovation, and many more.

Durign the fist semester students have the possibility to do an international exchange semester at one of our worldwide partner institutions.

Our programme has a big emphasis on the creative part. Drawing skills are central, as well as the use of digital 2D and 3D tools.

Thinking by Drawing

Drawing is the first tool of a designer. Drawing allows to materialise imagination, to develop transversal dialogue between different job profiles, to enhance the representation of brand cultures and of the world, … also helps the designer to think, holding a drawing pen in his hand, about new creative stories for the future.

Digital Tools

Following the manual drawing, the numeric tool is taking over. CAO and DAO in 2D and 3D are fundamental to represent, conceive, illustrate and animate objects within their spatial context. The numeric tool is also essential for the communication between the different profiles of creators.

At the end of the year students hand in a thesis (50 pages), based on a sustainable or social research subject.

During the final year (Master 2 level), the programme is focussed on the Final Major Project, usually with the subject stemming from the memoire completed during the precedent year. The Final Project is coached by a number of Design, Sustainability and Management professionals.

The final presentation in front of a high quality jury is in April, followed by 6 months of internship, to be finalised by the end of December.


RNCP accreditation by the French government, level 7 (highest level). RNCP is the official national certification of professional register. The Diploma is thus recognized on international level. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Design for Drivers of Change

  • Design for Impact

  • Project & Team Management

  • Design Thinking & Human Factors

  • Innovative Design Contextual Research

  • Sustainable Design Innovation and Strategy

  • Sustainable Design Futures, Trends and Innovation

  • Biomimicry Methodology

  • Sustainable Design Leadership

  • Partnership project in Innovation

  • Research Methodology
  • Creation of Services, Interfaces and Experiences

  • Facilitating Creative Thinking

  • Discovery and Insight

  • Laws and Industrial Property

  • Marketing / Communication
  • Introduction Thesis Writing


The lecturers are mostly active professional designers with pedagogical experience. Some also have an academic background. Out of 50 active lecturers, 9 hold a PhD.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

All the following documents are necessary for your application:

  • A completed application form with photo
  • Portfolio
  • CV and Cover letter
  • Transcript of records of the previous year
  • Copy of passport
  • Language certificate or short letter from language teacher (English or French)

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    10600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10600 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9600 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Nice

917 - 1374 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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