General Information

The study program at the HPI D-School consists of two semesters: the “Basic Track” and the optional “Advanced Track.” For the duration of their studies, our students work on two days per week in small, multidisciplinary teams where they are supported by experienced DesignThinking coaches. Our study program consists further of our "Global Design Thinking-Weeks".

The Basic Track, the first semester at the D-School, provides profound knowledge about the innovation method of Design Thinking. Here our students already have the opportunity to apply Design Thinking in real projects. In the second semester, the Advanced Track, students implement and deepen their acquired knowledge and skills in a 12-week project with partners from business and society.

Our Global Design Thinking-Weeks provide a fundamental understanding and experience of the innovation method of Design Thinking.

Successful completion of the Global Design Thinking Week, the Basic Track and the Advanced Track are each certified with a HPI D-School certificate. At the HPI D-School the focus is on the team as a whole - therefore evaluations of individual performance are not carried out.

We offer 40 places for our Global Design Thinking Weeks, 80 places in the Basic Track and 40 places in the Advanced Track to our applicants each semester. Every year 320 curious-minded young people from all over the world take part in the HPI D-School programs.


Elisabeth Höpner

HPI School of Design Thinking
Program Coordinator

Phone: +49 -331-5509-506
Fax: +49 -331-5509-589

E-Mail to HPI D-School Office