Basic Track

The Design Thinking Basic Track study program is the first part of the one-year Design Thinking education offered at the HPI School of Design Thinking.

The Basic Track is a 16-week semester program, where we provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and creative confidence to apply the principles of Design Thinking.

The program is an official certificate study program of the University of Potsdam. During the semester, students work in diverse teams led by experienced Design Thinking coaches. Our aim is to create a supportive and inclusive environment by considering factors like gender identity, cultural background, and professional expertise.

The Basic Track program consists of two main phases: Design Thinking 101 and the Partner Project. These phases cover various aspects of Design Thinking and provide hands-on experience on tools, methods, and mindsets that help innovation thrive. During the Design Thinking 101, we immerse participants into our learning approach that emphasizes a team-based, experiential learning and a culture of experimentation. Then, through the Partner Project, participants collaborate with a variety of partner organizations, including non-profit organizations, startups, and research institutes trying to solve real challenges using the Design Thinking process.


Design Thinking Basic Track



Applications for the Basic Track program open twice a year. For the winter term, applications open in May with a submission deadline of July 31st. For the summer term, applications open in November with a submission deadline of January 31st.

Join us for a transformative journey in Design Thinking, where you will gain the skills and confidence to tackle complex problems and create human-centered solutions.



The participation fee for the Basic Track program is 750 euros. For current HPI students, Ph.D. candidates, and HPI employees it is free of charge.


Winter semester 2023/2024

We offer both an online and an onsite version of the Design Thinking Basic Track program, allowing you to choose the format that best suits your needs. Whether you prefer the flexibility of online learning or the immersive experience of onsite collaboration, we have you covered.

The program will start on October 24th, 2023 and conclude on February 9th, 2024, with documentation due on March 9th, 2024. Program days will be held every Tuesday and Friday from 09:30 am to 04:30 pm (CET).



Apply now and embark on an exciting adventure in Design Thinking!

If you have more questions, please check our FAQ page or visit the Hasso Plattner Institute website for additional information. You can also contact us at the HPI School of Design Thinking by phone or email.



HPI School of Design Thinking

Phone: +49 -331-5509-507

E-Mail to HPI D-School Office

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