Foundation Course: Design for Circular Economy

General

Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

Overview

The goal of the Foundation Course “Design for Circular Economy” is to understand the principles, strategies and analytic techniques of circular design applied to products and systems addressing the needs of the individuals and the communities.

8 weeks (2 days/week) + thematic seminars and workshops

The course goal is to apply an understanding of the principles, strategies and analytic techniques of circular design to real products and systems addressing the needs of the individuals and the communities at multiple levels.

A key objective is to embed evidence-based circular design thinking within the design process. Students have the opportunity to apply this approach to the critical evaluation of case study projects and of their own proposals.

The final design exercise contributes to the enhancement of current projects developed by Industrial and/or institutional partners of SOS. In the project phase, the design development is based on circular economy targets. In addition, a series of thematic workshops and seminars are organized to address specific project objectives, including the research of materials, components, and processes able to contribute to the achievement the highest social, environmental and economic benefits, and to generate new opportunities for reuse, disassembly, recycle or re-manufacturing. Thematic workshops and seminars will be selected according to project objectives.

  • Module one Understanding Circular Flows
  • Module two Regenerative Thinking
  • Module three Service Flip
  • Module four Inside-Out
  • Module five Inspiration: Digital Systems
  • Module six Learning from Nature
  • Module seven Define your Challenge
  • Module eight Finding Circular Opportunities

Apply

The application process is open all year round. However, due to the limited number of seats, the selection of applicants is based upon a "first come first served” basis. Therefore the school indicates deadlines to guarantee that the applicants can finalize the process in advance to the start of the course in October.

Admissions & Application Guidance

SOS - School of Sustainability welcomes applications from all over the world. SOS seeks recent graduates and emerging professionals with diverse backgrounds to form a multidisciplinary group capable of undertaking environmental challenges using a research-driven creative approach. The program and particularly the project tracks are aimed primarily at architects, engineers, and designers although the School invites candidates with other profiles, on the basis of their motivation and skills in relation to the issues proposed in the courses.

The criteria for acceptance are talent and motivation, along with the commitment and the ambition to contribute to the spreading of the culture of sustainability.

Application Process e Entrance Requirements in a few steps
  1. Prepare documents
    • Cover Letter
    • Curriculum Vitae / Resume
    • Design Portfolio
  2. Apply now using the contact form on the school webs
  3. Interview Selection

Application Process

The Entrance Examination consists of an assessment of the application, portfolio of work and motivational letter, followed by an interview.

Candidates are assessed on their qualities as proven in their work as well as on their potential to benefit from the program and to achieve Post Graduate standards overall as demonstrated in their interview. The assessment will consider: creativity, vision, and innovation as shown in their work; ability to articulate the objectives of their work; intellectual engagement in relevant areas; appropriate technical skills; overall interview performance, including oral use of English.

Students should have achieved a high-quality professional bachelor's or master's degree in architecture, engineering, design, and others. Preference will be given to candidates with at least one year’s work experience in a design office.

Students are required to submit a completed SOS application form and a portfolio of completed student projects together with any relevant supporting design material.

Candidates who do not speak English as their first language will be required to provide evidence that they have achieved an overall English B2 Level(CEFR), or upper intermediate spoken/written validations through official certificates.

Personal and Contact Details: previous education details and previous experience.

Details should be entered in the online form and a copy of your degree or diploma should be uploaded. All candidates with overseas undergraduate degrees must also enclose a full transcript of their first-degree course covering each year of their studies and stating subjects taken and marks obtained. The offer of a place to a candidate who is undertaking a degree at the time of application will be dependent upon the candidate producing proof of having fulfilled the College’s criteria for admission.

We invite applicants to apply as soon as they are ready to submit the requested documents, as applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis, and if you delay your application, the program may be full for the year, and your application may be rejected on that basis.

Admission Requirements

  1. Cover Letter
    • Include motivations to be admitted to the course.
  2. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
    • Include degree information and professional practice experience.
  3. Design Portfolio
    • You should submit a digital portfolio in PDF format of a maximum of eight + cover A4 pages, and a max file size of 10 MB, including between four to six projects. Each project should include a title image and up to 4 supporting gallery images. You should provide a description of a maximum of 50 words for each title image and a caption of up to 25 words for each supporting gallery image.

When submitting collaborative work, specify this and clearly indicate your role and responsibility.

The submission of any material not listed above will not be accepted.

Interview

All applicants must pass an aptitude interview. The School will contact you if you have been shortlisted and invite you to the interview.

You should bring to the interview your complete submission in its physical form, and any recent work or work in progress that you deem relevant to the assessment. If it will not be possible to manage an interview in person, it will be scheduled via Skype.

Acceptance

Results will be communicated via email as soon as possible but no later than the 30th of July.

Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

SOS - School of Sustainability - based in Bologna, Italy, is a post graduate practice academy by Mario Cucinella focused on training emerging professionals in the field of sustainability.

SOS - School of Sustainability - based in Bologna, Italy, is a post graduate practice academy by Mario Cucinella focused on training emerging professionals in the field of sustainability. Read less