MSc. in Strategy & Design for the Anthropocene

Alexandre MONNIN, Head of MSc. in Strategy & Design for the Anthropocene

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Address the most pressing issues of our time

New – opening in September 2020

Today’s reference to sustainable development as a response to environmental « crisis » no longer allows us to grasp the deep transformations witnessed by the Earth’s entry into a new geological and climatic epoch: the Anthropocene (a new geological period dating back to the Industrial Revolution marked by the impact of human activities). 

Design today needs to respond to a strategic anticipation imperative that is impacting all socio-economic activities. It is precisely to address this imperative and the growing demand from students who are increasingly concerned about these challenges that ESC Clermont Business School and Strate School of Design are offering this new programme which is the first of its kind in the world…

MSc accrédité par la Conférence des Grandes Ecoles

Pour qui

  • Fresh graduates or graduates with little experience
  • Professionals with several years of experience

Les points forts

  • Fully taught in English
  • The MSc is carried with Strate School of design Lyon (courses take place in Lyon) 
  • Concrete projects by designers, researchers and professionals present in the AURA region and recognized internationally


  • A 4-year Bachelor degree or Validated Master 1
  • Proficiency in English (Official TOEFL score of 550 at least, or TOEIC of 750, or IELTS 6.0)

More, see « Admission »

  • Semestre 1
    Learning Expedition : Inquiring Critical Zones

    • General introduction
    • Learning Expeditions and Inquiry

    Critical Zones and Earth-System. Micro & Macro Levels: New Inquiry Methods and Protocols

    • Introduction to Inquiry
    • Investigating Territories in Critical Ecological Zones
    • New Inquiry Protocols
    • Archiving and Documenting Inquiries Workshop

    Critical Zones and Earth-System. Macro Level: Diagnosis and Modelling

    • Reports & Narrative of The Anthropocene
    • Introduction to Complex Systems Modelling
    • Scales of the Anthropocene: Territories, Milieux, Controversies

  • Semestre 2
    Strategical Foundations for the Anthropocene: Technics, Institutions and Organizations

    • A Deep History of the Anthropocene
    • Anthropology of Nature
    • Towards and Beyond the Organizational World: a Historical Perspective
    • An Analysis of Institutions and Economics
    • Strategy
    • Organizations in the Anthropocene
    • Innovation in the Anthropocene
    • Technics in the Anthropocene
    • Complex Systems and Environment: a Case Study

    Learning How To Do Things (Micro Level): Community-Engaged Design

    • Rural Community-Engaged Learning Expedition
    • Institutions, Corporations, Territories, Risk, Vision and Scenario Mapping
    • Designing
    • New Arts & Crafts and Local Productive Models – Workshops
    • Biotic and Human/Non-Human
    • Communities Design 24+ Workshop
    • Designing Engaged Design
    • Aesthetics and Experience

    Designing Organizations for The Anthropocene

    • Designing and Engineering at the Meso Level 20h
    • Environmental Accounting, New Metrics and Territorial Metabolism
    • Industrial Organizations and Arbitration Protocols
    • Redesigning Business Models and Ecological Redirection
    • Design of the Commons and Public Policy
    • Designing “Entreprises à Mission”
    • Designing Law
    • Designing Negative Commons

  • Semestre 3
    Professional Mission & Thesis

    • Master’s Thesis
    • Oral Defence
    • Company Assessment
    Career Path and Internship

    • Documenting Workshops
    • Tools for Professionalization
    • Designing Jobs & Business-Models


I was immediately attracted by the innovative and ambitious approach that the diploma offers. It is innovative with regards to the tools that it makes available, taking advantage of complementary disciplines which meet only too infrequently (humanities, design, management, ...). It is ambitious because it purports to be anchored in the concrete and immediately focused on action. Above all, towards action that is not satisfied with the usual greenwashing. The point is going out into the field, meeting people, exploring themes with the stakeholders and finding solutions that are on par with the challenge at hand. All this takes place during the curriculum and alongside the partners who need a new kind of expertise. It gives us the means to create real change. This training seems to me to have both feet in the real world while looking the future straight in the eye, ready to take up the challenges that many dare not consider.