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Certificate in Design for Sustainability and Circular Economies

Starting Wednesday 26th January 2022 2-7pm
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Hybrid Studio Based learning:
• 10 weeks of online studio (5 hours per week)
• 2 in-person sessions (2 x5 hour days)
• Independent Learning (125 hours expected)

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certificate in design for sustainability and circular economies

Level 9* Special Purpose CPD Award – Accredited by TUS (10 ECTS)

Delivered by Limerick School of Art & Design at TUS (Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest)

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 skillsets 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.


The course will cover:

  • Introduction to Sustainable Development, case studies, approaches & philosophies.
  • Project Scoping
  • Practical DfS strategies for designers
  • Social and environmental legislative concerns for designers
  • LCA (Product Life Cycle Analysis), LCA tools, IT(Information Technology) packages, simplified applied LCA
  • Circular Economy Principles and application
  • Social and corporate responsibility
  • Packaging and waste considerations for designers
  • Regenerative Design Practice
  • Procurement and specification of materials and processes
  • Sustainable Product Service Systems
  • Project Presentations


Eligibility Criteria

Honours (Level 8) Degree in a Design discipline or appropriate industry experience or prior learning (RPL – Recognition of Prior Learning).

Duration: 1 semester (12 contact** weeks)

Hybrid Studio Based learning:
Including Expert Lecturers, Workshops, Peer to Peer facilitated discussion, Self-directed Research, Individual Tutorial / Critique and Presentation

• Number of Days/Evenings per week: 1 afternoon per week
• Delivery Day/Evening: Afternoons
• Number of Hours per day/evening: 5

**12 weeks of classes plus an independent learning window. Overall TUS semester is 15 weeks.

Application Deadline

Monday 17th January 2022


Institute of Designers in Ireland/Design Skillnet Members are eligible for a discounted fee of €795.

Non-members: €1200


IDI/Design Skillnet member, apply directly via the TUS portal Certificate Course Registration

Not a member? Please contact for information regarding becoming a member.


*Level 9 Certificate as per the NFQ (National Framework for Qualifications)

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