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Design for Sustainability and Circular Economies (Certificate, L9,10 ECTS)

  • Status: Register Your Interest

  • Campus: Blended

  • weeks: 12

  • Fees: €1,400* See FEES Section below for Design Skillnet funding

Course Overview

The Design for Sustainability and Circular Economies Certificate will facilitate and support design professionals in their practice-based enquiry into design for sustainability.

The continued professional development course structure will increase awareness and shine a light on opportunities and challenges facing design practices by critically evaluating the current cultural, social, economic and ecological landscapes and interrogating their existing models and approaches to design for sustainability and circular economies.

Suited to practitioners from all design disciplines, it will invite designers to identify opportunities to adapt with agility, to re-shape and remodel existing approaches within their own design practice and wider design communities and build on valuable and existing skill sets through the adoption of regenerative, circular and sustainable practices in order to address global challenges at their roots, enact meaningful change, make a real impact now and future-proof their design processes.
Guided by expert specialists, this course will equip participants with the tools to actively query existing modes of design for sustainability, deepen their understanding of Life Cycle Thinking, Circular Economy Principles and Regenerative Design Practices, gather industry insights, generate dynamic discussion with both peers and subject matter experts, co-design for best practice and propose new ways of shaping our design futures.

Design Skillnet

This programme has been co-created with Design Skillnet. Members of the IDI (Institute of Designers in Ireland) and Design Skillnet can avail of a discounted, grant-aided, course fee (see fees section below). To find out if you are eligible for IDI/Design Skillnet membership and the reduced fee please contact Subject to terms and conditions. 

Contact Details

General Queries

Flexible Learning Office


Telephone: (061) 293802

Academic Queries

Dr. Adam De Eyto


What are the entry requirements?

Honours (Level 8) Degree in a Design discipline or appropriate RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning)

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) – Assessment
Please review the academic entry requirements for this programme.
If you do not hold these qualifications but would like your application to be assessed under RPL please select YES on the online application form.
Once you have submitted your online application you will then receive an email acknowledgement with further instructions on RPL.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Applicants who do not have English as their first language must ensure they satisfy English Language requirements. For entry to undergraduate courses, a score of 5.5 in an IELTS or equivalent exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a score of 6.0 in an IELTS or equivalent exam is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements.

Course Content

    • Introduction to Sustainable Development (SD) inc. Case Studies, Best Practices in Design for Sustainability (DfS)
    • Approaches, philosophies, and guiding principles in SD, DfS and CE
    • Practical DfS strategies for designers
    • Circular Economy (CE) Principles and application
    • Policy, Legislation, Standardisation and Certification in DfS
    • LCA ( Life Cycle Assessment), Overview of LCA tools, simplified applied LCA for designers
    • Material Flow and Production
    • Social Corporate Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental Responsibility
    • Marketing ‘Sustainable Design’ and managing customer / user expectations
    • Business Model Design and Procurement for CE
    • Packaging and Waste considerations for designers
    • Regenerative Design Practice
    • Sustainable Product Service Systems (SPSS)

More Information

  • The proposed delivery schedule is subject to change.

    Modules are to be delivered over 12 weeks in an online learning format.

    10 weeks of online studio (3 hours per week) + 2 in person days (LSAD)

  • Each 5 credits will normally equate to approximately 100 Total Learning Hours. Total Learning Hours includes the time you spend in class (lectures, tutorials, practical elements) and the time you spend completing work outside of college.  The balance between these two varies by discipline, and by level of study. You should bear in mind that the workload will increase at particular times e.g. when assignments are due.

  • Continuous Assessment + Final Project.

  • Certificate in Design for Sustainability and Circular Economies (Level 9, 10 ECTS)

  • Full course fee €1,400* – €939 via Design Skillnet.

    Eligible applicants can avail of a co-funding of €461

    For Design Skillnet funding options, please contact

    Design Skillnet

  • 18 August 2024.

    Places are allocated on a first come first served basis. Course will be closed once the maximum number of applicants is reached. Courses run subject to viable numbers.