Grade of Designer in Sustainable Innovation
You’ll be educated to become a designer in sustainable innovation and to develop the required skills to drive creativity in a multi-disciplinary team.
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For entry into the first year of the program, all types of secondary education majors are accepted. For enrolment into the 2nd, 3rd or 4th year level, the variety of backgrounds thanks to former study paths of our students, are an enrichening factor for sustainable innovation and the teaching related to it. Before entering our institution and according to the individual level of the student, The SDS proposes upgrading courses in the field of drawing technics.
A transversal program with many multidisciplinary entries
At The SDS, Design is taught by “doing”, with a responsible attitude towards the great opportunities of sustainable development. Corporate companies work with our institution to develop real projects of sustainable innovation. The project teams are composed by students from each study level with their multi-disciplinary (architecture, design, engineering, marketing, social sciences, ….) and multi-cultural backgrounds (international students).
Design thinking, frugal innovation, knowledge design, social innovation, are some of our pedagogical methods. International exchange periods are also an essential part of our design education.
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, …..it also helps the designer to think, holding a drawing pen in his hand, about new creative stories for the future.
How to conceive story boards for the future, with a responsible focus on societal, environmental, economic and cultural concerns of the world (the 4 pillars of sustainable development)? Eco-design, analysis of product life cycle, bio-mimetics, ….are new creative methods.
If the definition of design is “how to help mankind to have a better life on our planet”, the knowledge of others is the most central understanding for a designer. User sociology, anthropology, semiotics, …. are fundamental knowledges of all design processes.
What can be more attractive for a future professional designer than being part of a team, facing the demand of sustainable innovation for a major corporate company right upon the first year of studies? Learning by doing includes the encounter of the real professional life, to build a professional network for future internships and job opportunities, to discuss with people from different generational perspectives…
Nowadays the manufacturing of products is in hand reach. Mock-up and analogical prototyping (with traditional tools) and numeric tools (at the fab-lab of our institution, 3D printers, laser cutters), allow to confirm the shapes of sketched products. Prototyping is also possible via electronical constructions of interactive objects.
Design thinking, frugal innovation, knowledge design, bio-mimetics, social innovation, open innovation, are some of the essential methods to learn, to apply them to divers types of conception. At The SDS we even design our own design methodology!
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.
Engineering, marketing, architecture, sociology, ….are next to design the big actors of innovation. To understand and to speak the language of the other professions, to receive the added value of different perspectives, to work in crossed teams, in a transversal and pluri-disciplinary way, to mix the different cultures of the world, ….are some of the many ways to boost creativity.
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five years of study
AND MORE !
Level 4 + 1 year of preparation in Design
The Fundamentals of the Designer in Sustainable Innovation
Drawing / Digital / Prototyping
Level 6 or 7
Thesis / Project / Internship
During the years dedicated to his research, the PhD candidate will acquire a high level of expertise in a precise domain. The added value of his research is most important in the field of sustainable innovation, which is still under development, and which is a source of inspiration for companies, to face the emergencies of the current time, and to construct the future.
The PhD candidate must accomplish 180 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), half of which are provided through courses by the institutions. These are courses in methodology (ex: how to master scientific and technical information), professionalisation (ex: public speaking skills), scientific (ex: international seminaries) or transdisciplinary. The research-monitoring is provided by a research laboratory directory and by a research committee in case of a project executed in partnership with a company.
be open minded
CULTURE & EDUCATION
At The SDS it is possible to participate at an international exchange program. Our school is associate member of the largest worldwide network of art and design schools and universities (more than 200 schools in 48 countries): Cumulus association.
In France or abroad, internships open new perspectives. Among the major partner companies of The Sustainable Design School, certain may propose internships with their international subsidiaries. Likewise, institutions and NGO partners based internationally regularly seek student trainees for field work.
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