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"My time at the
HPI D-School was one of
the best study experiences
I had. A great place
full of inspiration!"


Pascal Ackerschott, Berliner IdeenLabor

Studying at the HPI School of Design Thinking


Studying at the HPI School of Design Thinking
Studying at the HPI School of Design Thinking

The Design Thinking program at the HPI D-School is aimed at students of all disciplines and nationalities. Participants study how innovations are developed in a team during the course of one or two semesters. With experienced coaches and instructors from different fields, the HPI D-School has developed a teaching curriculum that optimally prepares students for innovation assignments. Exciting project phases and an unforgettable study program await our prospective students.

The study program at the HPI D-School consists of two semesters: the “Basic Track” and the optional “Advanced Track.” For the duration of their studies, our students work in small, multidisciplinary teams where they are supported by experienced Design Thinking coaches.

Thank you for your interest in Design Thinking!

Our program is open to students who are up to 35 years old, from all disciplines. Student must either be in the final phase of the university degree program for a Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD or “Diplom” degree or the degree must have been completed within a year of application (cutoff date: October 1).  Bachelor’s students need to have studied at least four semesters in order to have the subject-oriented background required by the program.

In the Basic Track you get to know Design Thinking and can try out different subject areas. The semester starts with a one-week project that introduces the method and mindset of Design Thinking. In the following one-, three-, and six-week projects you can actively investigate users, familiarize yourself with intensive teamwork and make amazing prototypes.

In this intensive and particularly instructive semester it is possible for HPI D-School students to get a glimpse into a new and modern working world. Many graduates of the HPI D-School leave as pioneers. Strengthened with creative self-confidence, HPI D-School graduates enter their future career, job or business with a special mindset.  Significant contributing factors are high practical relevance, close collaboration with project partners from business and institutions, newly formed contacts and friendships.

The Advanced Track is an in-depth experience for Design Thinkers with prior knowledge in this field. Your familiarity with approaches and methods further increases in the twelve-week project. Our students work closely with external partners, for instance large corporations, public institutions and non-profit organizations.

On this page we consolidate and answer the questions posed to us most often by applicants to the HPI School of Design Thinking.