Apply now for the winter semester 2019/20

Applications for our Design Thinking winter semester 2019/20 program are now open. We invite students from all disciplines to apply online until 31 July.


Application Basic Track


Our society is becoming more and more complex. Globalization and technological innovations accelerate our pace of life and work. Companies and institutions face an uphill battle. They are under an increased pressure to change and to manage this growing complexity.

Enter Design Thinking: A human-centered, iterative, team-based mindset that leads to breakthrough innovations. With its fusion of creativity, shared leadership and efficiency, Design Thinking can help overcome yesterday’s working models and transform traditional organizational cultures.

Project-based and experimental learning

In the Basic Design Thinking program at the HPI D-School, you get to know the innovation method and mindset during the course of one semester. In our unique learning environment, you work on different projects in small, multidisciplinary teams. Together with project partners from business and society you work on real-world problems, interview users, develop creative ideas and human-centered prototypes.

Our program team creates an open culture of experimentation that fosters your creative confidence. During the whole semester, a diverse team of experienced Design Thinking coaches is accompanying your team in all project phases.

Interested students and recent graduates can apply for the Basic Design Thinking program via our online application platform until 31 July 2019.

For your application, we need the following documents:

  • Personal information
  • CV
  • Your personal T-profile

We are looking for T-shaped people and future change-makers

T-shaped people are experts in a specific field (reflected by the vertical part of the letter "T"). Moreover, they have numerous additional skills and interests as well as a broad general knowledge (represented by the horizontal part of the "T").

At HPI School of Design Thinking we bring “T-shaped people” from all over the world together and enable them to cross disciplinary boundaries, to work collaboratively and to apply their skills and knowledge together with others to create innovative solutions for complex problems.

How and in what form you want to create your personal "T-Profile", whether as text, picture, diagram or photo, is completely up to you. Just use your creativity and illustrate your uniqueness.

You can find more information and important dates about the application process on our website.

You have questions about the application process? Visit our Open House on 12 June!

On 12 June 2019 interested students have the opportunity to visit us from 4:00 - 6:00 pm to get an impression of our Design Thinking program and unique teaching space. Visit us on our Open House, bring your questions and meet our students and the HPI D-School team.

We look forward to meeting you!

Photo: Jana Legler / HPI D-School