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BESIGN The Sustainable Design School

BESIGN The Sustainable Design School

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The International Design School in Sustainable Innovation for Human Solutions

BESIGN The Sustainable Design School - The Design School in Sustainable Innovation

Founded in 2013, BESIGN The Sustainable Design School is an international establishment of higher education dedicated to sustainable design and innovation for humans.

A word from the founders:

«A strong common conviction has guided our work in founding BESIGN The Sustainable Design School: the profound changes occurring i !n the world today require us to approach innovation in an entirely different, radical way. By sharing our reciprocal pedagogic and professional experiences, we are convinced that: Design, as a means of thinking, plays an essential role in new, sustainable innovation for all.

The Objectives of Sustainable Development

BESIGN The Sustainable Design School follows the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a creative tool.

A transversal curriculum with many multidisciplinary entries

We privilege the process of integration based on exchange and personal skills. Our priority: is to get to know you and value your talents.

International - International Exchanges

BESIGN The Sustainable Design School is a member of the Cumulus Association, an international network that regroups 280 design schools and universities worldwide.

  • Université de Buenos Aires, Faculté de l’Architecture, du Design et de l’Urbanisme (UBA – FADU) - Argentina
  • Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de América Latina (UCAL) - Peru
  • Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology - India
  • Ringling College of Art & Design - USA
  • Özyegin University - Turkey
  • Tbilissi State Academy - Georgia
  • Universita degli studi della campania luigi vanvitelli - Italy
  • Jiangnan University - China
  • Universidad del desarrollo (UDD) - Chile
  • HIT Holon Institute of Technology - Israel
  • Université de Montréal - Canada
  • University of Shizuoka - Japan
  • UPES - India

Professional experience - Partnership projects

As of the first year of your studies, you “learn by doing” in the context of professional partnerships.

« These major companies come to work with our students because they have an intuitive vision of tomorrow, they are already living with the knowledge and sharing of the economies of tomorrow, they are born in a digital world, and they aspire to help others in a responsible way! »
Maurille Larivière

Projects - What are they?

The professional projects implemented each year allow a new generation of creative, curious students who are concerned about the world.

Phase 1 - Brief and problematic
Meeting with representatives of the partnership company is a key point. During this exchange, students are introduced to the project, identify the needs, fine-tune the brief, and draft perspective strategies.

Phase 2 - Analysis
The sequences of research and immersion sessions allow the students to integrate the needs of the company on the one hand and to define essential personas for strategic reflection on the other—inclusion of sustainable development objectives related to the project.

Phase 3 - Ideation
This phase allows the generation of a large range of innovative ideas, from the most utopic to the most concrete. Ideation will lead the students to find conceptual answers.

Phase 4 - Realization The selected ideas are analyzed, reworked, and drawn by the students to validate their relevance for future users.
By using models (3D digital visual representation) and prototyping (functional and dynamic mock-up), the students give a real, visual aspect to the validated solutions.

Phase 5 - Prototyping
All of the work phases are formalized and illustrated by different physical and digital media. The objective is to explain to the company the reflection carried out, the positions taken, and the results of the project.

With new innovative methods :

  • «Design Thinking»
  • Frugal innovation
  • Life cycle analysis, Eco-Conception, Biomimicry Knowledge of Design ®
  • 17 Sustainable Development Goals

Our institutional partners


Campus Features

BESIGN The Sustainable Design School, situated on a privileged site in Cagnes-sur-Mer in the heart of the Côte d’Azur, provides a campus of 2000m equipped with: a computer lab, model workshop, music studio, photography studio, creativity room, communal garden, terraces.

Collaboration with the FabLab ECOLAB Côte d’Azur (3D printers, laser cutters, 3D scanners) allows the students to create objects for their design projects.

  • University: Member of the Université Côte d’Azur (UCA), our students have access to research and doctoral courses, as well as academic exchanges with other members of the UCA.
  • Admissions: Upon application (enrollment file, identity card, school results, portfolio) and individual interview.
  • Financing: Financial aid is available through “BESIGN The Sustainable Design School Friends” endowment fund.


    Join us

    The diversity of the students, from different backgrounds and fields of study, contributes to sustainable innovation and its practices.

    Today, we are confronted with important questions concerning the viable evolution of our planet. Changes are not only necessary but inevitable in order to allow us all to live in acceptable conditions. To answer these questions, imagination, and innovation must be emphasized. Our students can act on these incredible opportunities.

    In order to best address the complexity of current world issues, BESIGN The Sustainable Design School offers a program that is transversal, international, and multidisciplinary. The pedagogy is put into practice through concrete projects submitted by enterprises that share our values.

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      Nice, France