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Bachelor
Designer in Sustainable Innovation

INTAKE: September 2021
Admission criteria: Highschool degree
Duration: 3 years
Language: English
The programme’s goals: The undergraduate programme develops your foundation skills to be a professional designer, embracing the requirements of a sustainable future.

Master
Designer in Sustainable Innovation

INTAKE: September 2021
Admission criteria: Bachelor degree
Duration: 2 years
Language: English
The programme’s goals: The postgraduate programme develops strategic skills, allowing our graduates to have the knowledge required for leadership positions in international companies.

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*Our Postgraduate degree is certified by the French National Council of Professional Certification RNCP.

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Summer camp for design lovers

Design Summer Camp

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International exchange programme

Explore the world ! Getting touched by the French culture at The SDS in Nice or discovering nations through periods abroad: in either way, the outcome is rich and unexpected, and always deeply human.

Our international partner institutions

All information for outgoing students

The most important aspect is to have a look at the course offer at the partner institution and to find information about the contents: you’re not going abroad as a tourist, you’re going to be a full-time student. Which are the courses that will complete best your personal portfolio of competences? Which country does intrigue you most about design? Do you have internship projects following your exchange semester? You’ll need to ask yourself the right questions, in order to establish this unique experience. At The SDS you’ll receive personalised coaching with the goal to meet your needs.

There is no extra cost of tuition fee for an exchange semester. Only travel expenses, housing and living costs will have to be beard by yourself. You’ll study abroad just like any other local student, being amidst many other international students, who live the same experience. Once you’re back from the partner school, the academic credits (ECTS) that you have achieved there, will be integrated into your transcript of records at The SDS. Which means that your study experience has a full academic value.

The agreements between partner schools and The SDS stipulate precisely a calendar and the necessary administrative steps to take.

In the beginning of each semester The SDS organises an information workshop about international mobility. This will allow you to make your choice and send a wish list with a list of partner schools in order of priority to inken.krevet@the-sds.com.

Once your choice has been accepted by the pedagogical responsible at The SDS, you’ll receive help in order to complete the administrative requirements of the chosen school.

From one institution to the other the check list may vary. But generally these are the documents needed for application:
– Copy of your valid passport (if the partner school is in Europe, ID card is sufficient)
– Portfolio
– CV
– Cover letter addressed to the partner school
– Application form with your signature
– Transcript of records of the last academic year
– Two photos (passport size)

When your application has been accepted by the partner institution, you’ll receive an official letter of acceptance. From this moment on you may start visa application if necessary and you may book your flight. The letter of acceptance does mention the exact dates when you have to be present at the partner school.

Some schools offer on-campus housing, some don’t. In any case you’ll receive sufficient help in order to find an appropriate place to stay. Housing has to be paid by your own means.

Academic officers from the host institution will give you guidance to make your choice of courses. You’ll have to complete an official document called “learning agreement” where you will note down every single course of your choice. The agreement will be signed by yourself, by the pedagogical head of The SDS and by the person in charge at the partner school. However, in the beginning of the semester you’ll have two weeks’ time to change your mind and to change your courses, in case the content or the level is not according to your needs. In this case the “learning agreement” has to be modified and re-signed by all three signatories.

The SDS supplies large help in order to guide you with all the different steps leading to your international mobility period. It is also very helpful and important that you do your own research about the country and the institution in order to get familiarised with the new environment. And it is of major importance to be reactive and to collect all the required documents way ahead of the announced deadlines, in order to enhance your chances to be accepted.

You’re going to be the ambassador of The SDS abroad. This is why you are requested to be sincere, serious and implicated during your stay.

You’re also requested to deeply enjoy the time you spend abroad! Go ahead, meet people, travel and discover the country during weekends, take part at the events organised by the students of the host institution. And even if you have minor problems, please don’t hesitate to speak about it with the local administrators or with the team of The SDS, which is at your disposal.

All information for outgoing students

The most important aspect is to have a look at the course offer at the partner institution and to find information about the contents: you’re not going abroad as a tourist, you’re going to be a full-time student. Which are the courses that will complete best your personal portfolio of competences? Which country does intrigue you most about design? Do you have internship projects following your exchange semester? You’ll need to ask yourself the right questions, in order to establish this unique experience. At The SDS you’ll receive personalised coaching with the goal to meet your needs.

There is no extra cost of tuition fee for an exchange semester. Only travel expenses, housing and living costs will have to be beard by yourself. You’ll study abroad just like any other local student, being amidst many other international students, who live the same experience. Once you’re back from the partner school, the academic credits (ECTS) that you have achieved there, will be integrated into your transcript of records at The SDS. Which means that your study experience has a full academic value.

The agreements between partner schools and The SDS stipulate precisely a calendar and the necessary administrative steps to take.

In the beginning of each semester The SDS organises an information workshop about international mobility. This will allow you to make your choice and send a wish list with a list of partner schools in order of priority to inken.krevet@the-sds.com.

Once your choice has been accepted by the pedagogical responsible at The SDS, you’ll receive help in order to complete the administrative requirements of the chosen school.

From one institution to the other the check list may vary. But generally these are the documents needed for application:
– Copy of your valid passport (if the partner school is in Europe, ID card is sufficient)
– Portfolio
– CV
– Cover letter addressed to the partner school
– Application form with your signature
– Transcript of records of the last academic year
– Two photos (passport size)

When your application has been accepted by the partner institution, you’ll receive an official letter of acceptance. From this moment on you may start visa application if necessary and you may book your flight. The letter of acceptance does mention the exact dates when you have to be present at the partner school.

Some schools offer on-campus housing, some don’t. In any case you’ll receive sufficient help in order to find an appropriate place to stay. Housing has to be paid by your own means.

Academic officers from the host institution will give you guidance to make your choice of courses. You’ll have to complete an official document called “learning agreement” where you will note down every single course of your choice. The agreement will be signed by yourself, by the pedagogical head of The SDS and by the person in charge at the partner school. However, in the beginning of the semester you’ll have two weeks’ time to change your mind and to change your courses, in case the content or the level is not according to your needs. In this case the “learning agreement” has to be modified and re-signed by all three signatories.

The SDS supplies large help in order to guide you with all the different steps leading to your international mobility period. It is also very helpful and important that you do your own research about the country and the institution in order to get familiarised with the new environment. And it is of major importance to be reactive and to collect all the required documents way ahead of the announced deadlines, in order to enhance your chances to be accepted.

You’re going to be the ambassador of The SDS abroad. This is why you are requested to be sincere, serious and implicated during your stay.

You’re also requested to deeply enjoy the time you spend abroad! Go ahead, meet people, travel and discover the country during weekends, take part at the events organised by the students of the host institution. And even if you have minor problems, please don’t hesitate to speak about it with the local administrators or with the team of The SDS, which is at your disposal.

All information for incoming students

Between your home institution and The SDS there has to be signed a bilateral agreement, mentioning the possibility of student exchange. Please get in touch with the international office at your home institution to find the list of partner institutions.

The officer of the international office of your home institution has to send an official nomination by email to inken.krevet@the-sds.com.

Once your nomination has been send, you may start to gather different documents in order to complete your application.

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)

Once your application has been accepted, you’ll receive an official letter of acceptance from The SDS. Now you can book your flight and organise your exchange semester at Nice.

You can find institutional information about The SDS in :
+ The Fact sheet
+ The academic calendar
+ Welcome book
+ Course outline for exchange program

Fact sheet

Welcome book

Course outline

Calendar

PLANE
Nice Airport
+ Bus ligne 200 dir. Cannes
Stop Val Fleuri

TRAIN
Stop Cros de Cagnes
+ 8mn à pied
(environ 600m)

BUS
N° 9, 200, 400, 500
Stop Val Fleuri
(Front school)

Bike
Station n°317
+ 5min Walk
(Aprox. 450m)

Feedbacks

« It’s my pleasure to be an exchange student at The SDS. The teachers and students are very nice here. Every time I talk with them I can learn a lot. The courses about sustainability always give me new views to design. If you like change and if you want to do some creative things, this is the place! »

Ma Jie, Jiangnan University

« By far, the most interesting experience was being able to learn from multidisciplinary teams due to the fact that there is very talented people attending to the school. I was able to learn a lot from my classmates. What is more, I think that not only my English but also French improved a lot during the semester. »

Marie, Portugal

« We can always share our meaningful stories and ideas of everything, speak out our truly words at The SDS, because here is a planet full of new experiences, freedom, love and courage. Enjoy! the time I’ve been here was just too short. »

Zaixi Wang, Jiangnan University

« For me Nice is a perfect city for an experience like this: beautiful weather, short distances and lots of nature. »

Julia, London

“It is really meaningful to study at The SDS as an exchange student. I have built many new friendships and enjoy the study and life.”

Jianbin Wu, Jiangnan University

Inken Krevet

Director of International Academic Partnerships
Since 2015 I’m Director of International Academic Partnerships at The Sustainable Design School at Nice. My field of activity is the internationalisation in a large extend: student and professor mobility, the development of a network of international partner institutions with various outcomes, the development of international workshops and research. I’m fluent in German, French, English and Spanish.

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The founders and the teaching team

PATRICK LE QUÉMENT

Designer
Design strategic consulting
Co-founder of The SDS

MAURILLE LARIVIÈRE

Designer
Professor at Polytechnique School
Co-founder & Director of The SDS

MARC VAN PETEGHEM

Naval architect
Co-founder of VPLP Yacht Design
Co-founder of The SDS

All our teachers are active professionals