Basic Track

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 eight-week projects you can actively investigate users, familiarize yourself with intensive teamwork and make amazing prototypes.

During the one- and three- week projects you become familiar with the process and the different methods and tools. Starting now, your enjoyment in experimenting is called on. Because several teams are working on projects simultaneously you have the chance to inspire each other. In the eight-week project, innovative solutions are developed in close collaboration with project partners from business and society. During this time you have already been training your creativity as well as continuously refining your teamwork and communication skills - also known as “the we-quality.” 

Besides the project work, multi-faceted workshops on the tricks and tools of the process steps are an integral part of the curriculum. Experienced coaches and instructors accompany our students with plenty of  expertise and experience from the working world. Additionally, intensive input from members of the Design Thinking community provides for a rapid growth of knowledge. Sufficient time for making mistakes, tests and improvements ultimately benefits your self-confidence and both your personal potential as well as the team’s creative performance ability. A lively community exchange is highly welcomed!

Further information about the application process can be found here.

Further information about the basic track program can be found here.


Elisabeth Höpner

HPI School of Design Thinking
Program Coordinator

Phone: +49 -331-5509-507
Fax: +49 -331-5509-589

E-Mail to HPI D-School Office

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