Undergraduate program Designer in Sustainable Innovation


SEPT. 2021

Admission criteria




Assistant Designer in Sustainable Innovation

The Sustainable Design School at Nice/France is the only institution of higher education world-wide relating Design systematically to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations. We teach our students to act for human being and for the planet, using design process to serve a sustainable Innovation. Our alumni understand that the call for the sustainable transition is a global issue and gathers the full commitment of creative minds from different backgrounds. Therefore, the education at The SDS is anchored in a pedagogy where sciences, such as engineering, biology, anthropology, social sciences, law studies, business, and many more, work hand in hand on tangible problems. The proposed solutions are holistic, considering the complexity of the human society and the challenges related to the climate change

The program focusses on Design, Sustainability and Leadership

The Bachelor Program of the curriculum “Designer in Sustainable Innovation” at The SDS, develops your foundation skills to be a professional designer, embracing the requirements of a sustainable future. The program develops the domains of product design, interior design, systems design, transportation, also fashion and graphic design, always with the focus on new ecosystems for a society with social values and enabling respectful consumption.

The Bachelor degree prepares students to be “Designer assistant in sustainable innovation”, or to enter the Master degree “Designer in Sustainable Innovation”, and enables an opportunity to follow in addition the MSc Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Design, dual degree with Skema Business School, during the second year of the Master level (M2).

The entire program focusses on Design, Sustainability and Leadership.

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With a Bachelor’s degree “Designer assistant in sustainable Innovation” from The Sustainable Design School you’re presenting the required skills for different job profiles:

  • Assistant product designer
  • Assistant graphic designer
  • Assistant mobility designer for smart cities
  • Assistant system designer
  • Assistant smart application designer
  • Assistant Ux designer
  • Assistant experience designer

This first year of Design studies begins with an immersion into the world of Design: Culture, Design Application Tools and understanding Design Methodologies. Sketching, Graphic Design, Computer aided Design (Adobe Suite, Rhino and Keyshot), mockup building, prototyping, model making and materials, Theoretical courses in Sustainability and the Circular Economy. Semester two is where the real fun really starts as we can now begin to use some of these newly learnt tools within Design projects that will run for the whole semester. – You will begin to see how to connect these tools and apply yourself throughout the whole Design process.


This second year has three Design projects split across both semesters the year, you will continue to apply Design tools to develop your skills on increasingly complex projects, you will continue to be coached and supported by professors specialising in each Design skill (sketching, CAD, development, form giving)


This year marks a transition as there are two major individual projects throughout the year, one each semester. However, the complexity is increased as the initial domain is driven by an introduction into Sociology and Anthropology. These projects are 100% coached, by this point in your studies you should be able to navigate a full design project from immersion and research, through to conception, ideation and development to prototyping and modelmaking… AND communication of the finished solutions. During the first semester of the third year, you may undertake an international experience at one of our partner institutions (fast link to international page/outgoing students).

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