Kingston University: Sustainable Design

InstitutionKingston University View institution profile
Department Design School
Telephone 02033089932
Study type Taught


If you are a designer or creative worker and seek to direct your practice towards sustainability and social agendas, this course is ideal. It focuses on the value of design in addressing social and ecological concerns in both developed and developing world settings. You will gain an applied understanding of key sustainable design principles, perspectives and practices. The course is delivered through design projects, lectures, seminars, workshops and site visits. You will study alongside students from all creative and design backgrounds. For your final major project, you could potentially work with an external organisation, or may choose to do a dissertation.

– This course provides many opportunities to work on live projects with organisations outside the University. – You will benefit from site visits and visiting speakers from a wide range of organisations that further sustainability. There are collaborations with partners such as the Design Council, Futerra, Greengaged, the Sorrell Foundation, ThinkPublic, Uscreates and Active Minds. – This course is distinctive through a focus on multi-disciplinary, socially-led design for sustainable change.

Recent graduates include: a service designer for SocialFare – the first centre for social innovation in Italy; the founders of Climate Labs – a sustainabilityled design consultancy; and a service designer for Optivo – a large social housing association.


Kingston University


A vibrant, modern and supportive University based across four campuses, Kingston offers a wide range of postgraduate taught and research degrees. It offers people from all backgrounds and countries (140 at the last count) the opportunity to make a difference – not only to their own lives, but also to the world around them.

You’ll earn a postgraduate degree with a difference via 118 years of teaching excellence.  We will help you to achieve your career goals by putting your academic knowledge into practice, gaining the problem-solving skills and flexibility you need to adapt to the changing …

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