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Design for Sustainability (Online Short Course)

Design for Sustainability (Online Short Course)

London College of Communication
Taught by
Laetitia Forst


Design for Sustainability is a course for designers and people who work with design, and offers a hands-on introduction to integrating sustainability within the design process. It is multi-disciplinary, and so is applicable to all design disciplines (fashion, product, service, business model, architecture, UX, strategy, etc.).

This four-week course will introduce practical ideas, concepts, and processes through which designers can create more sustainable outcomes at all levels. Design for Sustainability takes you through the basic tools of designing for sustainability: Systems mapping, design thinking for sustainability, circular economy and an understanding of impacts. All aimed at defining and integrating sustainability in your work and you taking ownership of “sustainability”.

You will learn through a combination of discussions, short lectures, inspirational case studies, introduction to tools, and practical application of tools through hands-on assignment briefs.

Topics covered
  • Introduction to sustainability in design, why, how and what
  • Strategies for sustainability
  • Design thinking for design for sustainability
  • Introduction to design for sustainability tools
  • Exploration of systems thinking and systems mapping
  • Introduction to circular economy concepts
  • Circularity of materials and waste
  • Waste as a resource
  • Redesign processes for sustainability
  • Life cycle analysis and impact measurement
  • People centred design
  • Learning from nature: Permaculture principles, biomimicry
  • Transition design

By the end of the course you will:

  • Gain an overview of the main drivers of sustainability, internationally and cross-sectoral
  • Know the main strategies for sustainability
  • Explore the sustainability potential in your work
  • Establish fluency in the jargon jungle
  • Understand the sustainable impact in your own value chain
  • Have insight into designing processes for sustainability
  • Understand the tools to advocate sustainable design and create better or more sustainable designs yourself
  • Work on a live project of your choosing, designing for sustainability
  • Present your design for sustainability to the group and receive tutor feedback

Who is Design for Sustainability (Online Short Course) for
This is a course for designers and people who work with design, seeking an introduction and experience in working with sustainability in the design process. Design for Sustainability is suitable both for experienced professionals and for recent graduates wanting to make the sustainability agenda their own, as well as for both sustainability novices and sustainability passionistas, who have already taken the first couple of steps.
Level: All levels welcome

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and over

Why choose a London College of Communication Online Short Course
Our online learning short courses allow you to experience London College of Communication wherever you are in the world. Additionally all LCC Online Short Courses include;

  • Live sessions with expert
  • Lesson recordings
  • Practical assignments
  • Personal feedback
  • VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • LCC Certificate upon completion

Visit Frequently Asked Questions for further details about preparing for your online course, including any equipment you need.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To compare times, please check World Time Buddy.
Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Tutor Description

Laetitia Forst is a designer and researcher, her practice explores the tension between technical challenges and creativity in sustainable design. Her PhD work with the Centre for Circular Design explores design driven solutions for incorporating ease of recyclability into materials. The project takes a pro-active approach to developing alternatives to the unsustainable status-quo the creation of blends through the use of design for disassembly; the design of products and materials that can be taken apart to divert their components from waste streams.

Laetitia is passionate about the role designers play in a transition toward sustainable futures. She teaches sustainable design on the MA Textile Design at Chelsea College of Arts. She holds and MA from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and is due to complete her PhD at Chelsea College of Arts in 2020. Laetitia also runs Circular Design Lab at UAL and a yearly symposium dedicated to Circular Design.


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises, please have the following materials/equipment for the first class:

  • A notepad and a pen
  • A modern computer with an up-to-date operating system
  • An up-to-date web browser (Google Chrome is recommended)
  • A microphone (a headset with microphone/headphones is recommended)
  • Headphones
  • Webcam

Finally, a good broadband connection is also essential (mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle might not provide sufficient bandwidth).

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