Today’s reference to sustainable development as a response to environmental « crisis » no longer allows us to grasp the deep transformations witnessed by the Earth’s entry into a new geological and climatic epoch: the Anthropocene (a new geological period dating back to the Industrial Revolution marked by the impact of human activities).

Design today needs to respond to a strategic anticipation imperative that is impacting all socio-economic activities. It is precisely to address this imperative and the growing demand from students who are increasingly concerned about these challenges that ESC Clermont Business School and Strate School of Design are offering this new program which is the first of its kind in the world

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Degree info

  • Master of Science
  • 1,5 academic years / 90 ECTS
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Tuition fee: 11 500€ / academic year

Edunation application period


The postgraduate master programme welcomes international students from various backgrounds and experiences. Students will be divided into different multicultural groups working in team on a real project. You will define, carry out and conduct your project and pass milestones while presenting your work in front of a jury composed of researchers, designers, professionals who are all working on assessing the consequences of the Anthropocene and mitigating its effects now.

Lectures are delivered by:

  • High-level experts (researchers and professionals, often both) coming from design, climate science, physics, engineering, sociology, management, etc.
  • Faculty professors are recognizedscholars in their fields of study.

Thanks to the programme, you will acquire the skills, methodsknowledge and network needed to address to the main issue of our time.

Semester 1

Learning Expedition : Inquiring Critical Zones

  • General introduction
  • Learning Expeditions and Inquiry

Critical Zones and Earth-System. Micro & Macro Levels: New Inquiry Methods and Protocols

  • Introduction to Inquiry
  • Investigating Territories in Critical Ecological Zones
  • New Inquiry Protocols
  • Archiving and Documenting Inquiries Workshop
Critical Zones and Earth-System. Macro Level: Diagnosis and Modelling

  • Reports & Narrative of The Anthropocene
  • Introduction to Complex Systems Modelling
  • Scales of the Anthropocene: Territories, Milieux, Controversies

Semester 2

Strategical Foundations for the Anthropocene: Technics, Institutions and Organizations

  • A Deep History of the Anthropocene
  • Anthropology of Nature
  • Towards and Beyond the Organizational World: a Historical Perspective
  • An Analysis of Institutions and Economics
  • Strategy
  • Organizations in the Anthropocene
  • Innovation in the Anthropocene
  • Technics in the Anthropocene
  • Complex Systems and Environment: a Case Study
Learning How To Do Things (Micro Level): Community-Engaged Design

  • Rural Community-Engaged Learning Expedition
  • Institutions, Corporations, Territories, Risk, Vision and Scenario Mapping
  • Designing
  • New Arts & Crafts and Local Productive Models – Workshops
  • Biotic and Human/Non-Human
  • Communities Design 24+ Workshop
  • Designing Engaged Design
  • Aesthetics and Experience

Designing Organizations for The Anthropocene

  • Designing and Engineering at the Meso Level 20h
  • Environmental Accounting, New Metrics and Territorial Metabolism
  • Industrial Organizations and Arbitration Protocols
  • Redesigning Business Models and Ecological Redirection
  • Design of the Commons and Public Policy
  • Designing “Entreprises à Mission”
  • Designing Law
  • Designing Negative Commons

Semester 3

Professional Mission & Thesis

  • Master’s Thesis
  • Oral Defence
  • Company Assessment

Career Path and Internship

  • Documenting Workshops
  • Tools for Professionalization
  • Designing Jobs & Business-Models

Graduates of the program can work in the following occupations, for example:

  • Ecological transition design manager
  • CSR manager
  • Ecological transition consultant
  • Territorial development manager
  • Prospective manager
  • Sustainable development manager

The admission requirements for the program can be found on the university page.

Further information about the tuition fee and available scholarships for the program can be found on the university page.


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