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 HPI D-School is aimed at students of all disciplines and nationalities. As a supplementary course, students can learn in one or two semesters how to develop innovations in a multidisciplinary team. Together with experienced coaches from different fields, we have developed a program that equips students with a mindset and tools to drive transformation processes in business and society.

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 will learn about Design Thinking as a holistic approach in the interplay of the iterative process, the work in multidisciplinary teams and our innovative learning environment. The hybrid program starts with a one-week project that introduces the method and mindset of Design Thinking. In the following three-, and eight-week projects you investigate users, apply different brainstorming techniques, and create functional 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 enables advanced Design Thinkers to deepen their knowledge in a hybrid format. In a 12-week project, you will work closely with external partners from large companies, non-profit organizations or political institutions to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems.

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.