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certificate in design for social innovation

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Certificate in Design for social Innovation

  • Apply design methodology: investigate, observe, problematise, imagine, prototype, test, illustrate and communicate,

  • Mobilise stakeholders around a social innovation issue,

  • Use design methods and tools to bring about change.

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You are  interested in design methodology and have 3 years' higher education or more than 5 years' professional experience? Then this course is for you.

  • You will have two main timetables broken down as follows: 83 hours in lectures and 66 hours in project mode, giving a total of 149 hours for 30 ECTS

  • You will follow this course for 5 months, at the rate of 1 week per month (30 hours) + 1 blocked week of workshops.

  • You can choose between 2 periods during the year: from September to January and from February to June

  • You will have to pass an admission interview

  • Your courses and project follow-up will take place at CY école de design on the iXcampus in Saint Germain-en-Laye or off-site, depending on the session.


Driving change for the common good
Using the design approach, you will be required to devise innovative, co-constructed solutions in the field of public action and social innovation.
For 5 months, you will learn about the global approach to design, its tools and methodology through theoretical and practical input.
You will exercise your critical thinking skills, engage in cooperation, empathy and collective intelligence, activate your creativity and experiment with your solutions.

Learn the fundamentals of design
You will work as part of a team to get as close as possible to the ground on concrete projects entrusted to you by local authorities.
At every stage of the course, you will adopt the designer's stance and experience design as a shared culture of innovation: 
re-interviewing what already exists => mapping the ecosystem => identifying the points of tension in a given situation => proposing creative solutions => mobilising the players involved => testing the proposed solutions => capitalising on feedback from the field to roll out the solution.18


The courses are taught by professionals.
Training and project-based teaching are structured around the following pillars:

Se Cultiver (12h)
Comprendre ce qu’est le design appliqué au service du bien commun notamment au sein des collectivités, en appréhender ses spécificités et ses différents champs d’application possibles à l’échelle d’un territoire.

Représenter (12h)
Se saisir des outils et techniques de facilitation graphique et de mind mapping pour visualiser et formaliser l’information.

Observer et comprendre avec les Sciences Humaines et sociales (15h)
Appréhender les méthodes et outils d’enquête (Ethnographie) pour recueillir l’information terrain et identifier les enjeux.

Faire/Expérimenter (6h)
S’initier aux machines du fablab et des outils de prototypage pour donner forme.

Creating/Solving/Collaborating (96h)
Experimenting with the "creative problem-solving" approach of design for the benefit of social innovation and Transition:

  • Creative methodology (12h)

  • Systemic approach (12h)

  • Design methodology (6 hrs)


Tackling complexity through concrete projects in collaborative teams:

  • Major project - supervision (30 hrs)​

  • Personal project - supervision (15h)

  • Social Innovation workshops (21h)

Professionalization (8h)
Preparing to transfer the knowledge acquired during the course to your career path by working with coaches:
Self-knowledge/personal development

Dates of 2024 sessions

Intake 2024: 4 weeks of de classes + 1 workshop

  • 26 Feb. to March 1st

  • March 25 to March 29

  • April 22 to April 26

  • May 20 to May 24

  • June 17 to June 21

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