The best option for your undergraduate studies is to choose whatever field of study you are interested in (biology, ecology, geography, science, biochemistry, engineering, design, architecture, business, finance, environmental science, sustainability, innovation, etc.), and your favourite university. Then do our biomimicry training part-time over the course of your degree. If you complete a few workshops, or go on an expedition - it will not only enrich your undergraduate studies, but work towards a biomimicry qualification to add to your CV. We always offer student rates as far as possible. If you are able to complete the Learning Journey while doing your undergraduate studies - then you can graduate with your degree plus a Biomimicry Practitioners Certificate. We also have an open innovation program where we couple real world challenges with student training.
Note you don't have to go to university to become a biomimic - some of the best biomimics are naturalists and field guides. Our top biologists at the design table and biomimicry nature guides are in fact field guides (otherwise known as game rangers). They work on our big projects for clients, do research for companies, are qualified trainers and lead our expeditions. Well worth considering. The best university in the world in our opinion is nature itself.
The following university departments have integrated biomimicry into their curriculum:
Cape Peninsula University of Technology Design Department (especially Industrial Design and Communications Design)
University of Cape Town's Chemical Engineering Department (Prof Harro von Blottnitz - 2nd year)
University of Cape Town's Life Sciences Department (Andrea Plos and Biomimicry Youth)
University of Johannesburg's Faculty of Art, Architecture & Design (Prof Ken Stucke: Architecture and Angus Campbell: Industrial Design)
The Sustainability Institute Stellenbosch (includes biomimicry within their eco-design module)
EcoTraining Field Guide Training (although not a university - Ecotraining train field guides and support biomimicry training for guides)
We are working on assisting other departments integrate biomimicry into their curriculum. Contact us if your are interested.
You can also choose to do a pure biomimicry degree through the Arizona State University online Biomimicry Graduate Certificate.
The Department of Science and Technology in partnership with the Water Research Commission in South Africa have provided funding for a number of MSc degrees and one phD in the field of biomimicry. The focus of these is in applying biomimicry to wastewater treatment and some of this research directly supports our projects (e.g. informal settlements water treatment). The students are from Stellenbosch University Science Faculty and Wits University's Chemical Engineering Department. The support from DST/WRC also funds a biomimicry platform which provides basic biomimicry training and some mentoring of the students. We are hoping that this support from DST/WRC will continue into the future.
The Sustainability Institute offers a Masters in Sustainable Development degree. From 2016, this includes a week-long advanced studies biomimicry module. This has university level accreditation by Stellenbosch University and the credits are recognised by some international universities.
If you are interested in doing postgraduate research or applying biomimicry thinking to your existing postgraduate research/project (e.g. Masters in Architecture), then contact us for supervisory, advise or mentoring support.