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Summer SchoolDesign Thinking for Sustainable Design & Development

Tuition fee €890 per programme

The program price consists of the course/tuition fee (student or working professional, see details below) plus the registration fee (€60).

Student course/tuition fee: €890
Working professional course/tuition fee: €1080

This course/tuition fee covers the course, course materials and a cultural program.

Registration fee €60 one-time

The registration fee is in addition to the course/tuition fee and covers the processing of your application. It is payable upon registration. Please note that the registration fee is non-refundable.

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Design Thinking is a powerful holistic process that focuses on clients’ and users’ needs and experiences. The process is iterative and flexible, emphasizing the collaboration between innovators, professionals, and users. The “Design Thinking” aims to shift the paradigm from the innovation centered on technology and economy towards the human needs and experiences.
In the course, the students will learn and develop the essential processes and skills behind Design Thinking. The course will enable the students to connect with potential users, identify their needs, and systematically ideate, prototype, and test ideas for products and services. Through a series of practical and accumulative exercises, the students will create a Design Thinking project that is concrete and specific to their major fields.

The course carries an overarching focus on sustainability as it take an increasing importance in today’s human environment. It is design to offer a pragmatic approach to the environmental concerns and the products and service. The course accepts sustainability as a crucial component in the development of the future and aims to facilitate a systematic and concrete process toward it.

Learning Goals

Upon successful completion of the course, the students will gain solid understanding of design thinking. They will be able to apply the five-stage model of design thinking defined by Hasso-Plattner Institute:

  • Empathize – understand your needs and the problem to solve to meet such needs
  • Define – analyze observations and synthesize them into a human-centered problem statement
  • Ideate – identify new solutions
  • Prototype – investigate the hypothetical solutions through low-cost, scaled down prototypes
  • Test – test the best solutions identified during prototyping
Apply now! Summer Term 3 2023
Application period has ended
Studies commence
14 Aug 2023
Apply now! Summer Term 3 2023
Application period has ended
Studies commence
14 Aug 2023