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Grade of Designer in Sustainable Innovation, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Nice, France
In this Grade of Designer in Sustainable Innovation programme from The Sustainable Design School 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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The Grade of Designer in Sustainable Innovation programme from The Sustainable Design School 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).

New Methods

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.

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • 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.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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

  • International

    9600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9600 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9600 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Nice

  • 917 - 1380 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


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