Student programs

At the, we offer 2 formats for the study of design thinking: full-time or part-time. The ME310 Design Innovation program is the only full-time course covering an academic year: it admits students from any French educational institution and from all disciplines. The other programs are half-day modules over one semester, which form part of the curriculum for students in our consortium (ENPC, EIVP, UPEM, ESIEE, and EAVT).

Each course includes a real-world output that creates value for the partner, by reinventing an experience for target users. To achieve this outcome, students learn by iterative practice at each stage of the process: listening, imagining, designing, and producing are key activities.

  • INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN THINKING Industrial Engineering department of ENPC

    The program teaches innovation through the discipline of design thinking. Its focus is on active learning, alternating between lectures, tutorials and completion of a small-scale project. It teaches the basics of the discipline, which will then be reapplied by students in their projects within the Innovacteurs department. This course seeks to initiate student engineers into the discipline of design thinking. It is punctuated by practical exercises in needfinding, in empathy (the primary quality of all innovators) and in the understanding of the importance of the intercultural dimension in innovation.

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  • INNOVACTEURS From development to implementation

    Starting from a specific brief and working in multidisciplinary teams, students apply the knowledge acquired in the first semester of training in design thinking to run a project that culminates in the production of an innovation prototype. Some projects are conducted in partnership with companies like Tarkette, Suez Environnement, Nestlé. In 2014, three Innovacteurs students worked on social enterprise projects abroad, in Togo, Ecuador and Tunisia. Other projects are implemented in France, with industrial partners and technical subjects such as app development.

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  • D.SENIORS Innovate for elderly people with design thinking

    The first interinstitutional program set up by Paris takes students from four institutions and teaches innovation through the discipline of design thinking. All the action-projects are based on real problems brought by a network of partners from the socio-economic world: to have a real impact is fundamental. This seminar puts students in the skin of an innovator, by focusing on the problems of older people. Students must not only acquire knowledge from fieldwork, but also from their research into the challenges and realities of the problems facing older people as they lose independence.

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  • D.STRUCTURE Build a structure that meets real needs!

    d.structure is a course that was set up in September 2014 for students at ENSAVT and second-year students in the Civil Engineering Department of École des Ponts. The aim of the course is to apply Design Thinking tools to the building of a structure on the campus. The briefs for years 2014 and 2015 were as follows: to design a structure for a sociable break area on the forecourt of ENPC (2014) and at the entrance to EAVT (2015), using plywood boards as the only construction material. Drawing on research into user practices, and employing the methods of design thinking, students design and build a space for campus users: staff, students, visitors… After their ideas have been agreed with these users and the course supervisors, and the structural calculations made, the students must build the structure with a quantity of materials decided at the start of the project.

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  • ME310 DESIGN INNOVATION Become a professional in design thinking !

    We offer you the opportunity to go beyond the “paper project” and have a real impact on major societal, industrial and environmental issues. In the course of a full-time academic year, three multidisciplinary teams of four students each, located at and in an institution belonging to the international network headed by Stanford University (including HPI Potsdam in Germany and Aalto University’s Design Factory in Finland), innovate from a real-world brief, with high strategic stakes, brought by an industrial partner and entailing the reinvention of a product/service in a potential growth market.

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  • FIELD TRIP An entirely practical course, all in English!

    This course, based on real projects, promotes learning through action, using the Jardin Pontanique as a place of experiment. The interdisciplinary approach in this entirely English language program will focus on researching, organizing, and implementing a project in a variety of domains, such as the design of sustainable methods for cultivating food, rainwater collection, building with recycled or unused materials, supporting local authorities, promoting biodiversity, and other construction or farming projects, in and around Jardin Pontanique (the School’s garden) or in the new space created around the Coriolis Building. The aim of this program is to teach students to observe and protect biodiversity on the campus, and to raise their awareness of the impact it has on the student community.

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  • MBA SOLVAY-PONTS A seminar of introduction to design thinking

    The offers of students on the Solvay-Ponts MBA program a one-week course in design thinking. This course gives the participants a structure that helps them to understand how innovation can be managed strategically. This will be of particular benefit to students interested in the management of an organization where technology plays an important role, but also those wishing to become consultants for such big organizations or to change innovation policies. Although the emphasis will be on profit-making companies, the course is also applicable to non-profit organizations.

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