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

Studying at the HPI D-School

Shape the future with Design Thinking

The Design Thinking programs at HPI D-School are open for students of all disciplines and nationalities. As an additional course of study, you can learn in one or two semesters how innovations are developed in a team. In the Global Design Thinking Workshop you dedicate one week to a specific focus topic of Design Thinking. Together with experienced coaches from different fields, we have developed programs that equip students with a mindset and tools to drive transformation processes in companies and society and thus learn how to shape a sustainable future.

Global Design Thinking Workshops (GDTW) are programs that go beyond the mere introduction to Design Thinking as a process. 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. The next Global Design Thinking Workshop will take place in March 2024 in Potsdam.

Our programs are open to students and graduates who are up to 35 years old, from all disciplines and universities. You should have graduated less than one year ago. The online application opens every year in mid-May and mid-November.

In the Foundations Program, 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 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 and human-centered prototypes. Apply now!

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 Design Thinking Studios enable 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 e.g. in the field of sustainability or education. Apply now!

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.