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 curriculum that optimally prepares students for innovation assignments. Exciting project phases and an unforgettable study program await our prospective students.

Global Design Thinking Workshops (GDTW) are a novel concept that goes beyond the mere introduction to Design Thinking as a process. It has been initiated and developed by Dr. Claudia Nicolai and the HPI D-School team. We have been creating this format as deep dives into the strategic questions of Design Thinking as a mindset and we are offering this course to HPI students and external participants.

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.

HPI D-School flyer English

Since 2007 the HPI School of Design Thinking – HPI D-School for short – has offered supplementary programs in Design Thinking that are unique in Europe. Participants learn human-centered innovation processes and gain experience implementing them in actual projects. You can find the most important information at a glance in our flyer.

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. How does a T-Profile look like, what is a D-Camp, how does the application process work? You will find answers to all your questions here.