We are looking for students from all disciplines who are keen to be part of our pioneering programmes as we test and develop a model for design thinking training and capacitation in South Africa, and on the African continent.
Students who are currently registered for postgraduate studies, in any faculty or discipline at UCT, are eligible.
This programme provides an opportunity for students to experience intensive training in design thinking, led by experts and practitioners in design-led innovation.
Students will learn to work in trans-disciplinary teams of approximately six members. Teams work on several internal design challenges, culminating in real world challenge provided by project partners from business, government and academia. Each team is closely facilitated by a professional coach under the guidance of our programme managers.They guide teams through open, motivated and experimentally creative collaboration towards developing innovative solutions to the challenges.
The programme is free of charge for postgraduate students currently registered at UCT. However, we ask that you consider carefully whether you are able to commit to the time, before submitting your application. This programme represents a unique opportunity to participate in pioneering design thinking education in South Africa and on the continent. It also represents a substantial investment by the d-school in preparation and planning, in coaching resources, and in the customised space and materials. In addition, your multi-disciplinary team will require your commitment to ensure continuity and the progress of the whole team. Your attendance at all sessions, and participation in all programme activities, is compulsory.
Students on the programme will be required to complete a Non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to cover the confidential information that project partners might share.
As this is a pilot programme, and the new d-school is developing a model that will best serve the South Africa and the African context, while also contributing to the growing literature on design thinking, work on the programme and design thinking activities will be documented and recorded. In addition there may be opportunities for students to participate in research projects.
The dates for the programme are:Week 1: 25 & 27 JulyWeek 2: 1 & 4 August (Monday and Thursday to accommodate the anticipated public holiday for local elections.)Week 3: 8 & 10 AugustWeek 4: 15 & 17 AugustWeek 5: 22 & 24 AugustWeek 6: 5 & 7 SeptemberWeek 7: 12 & 14 SeptemberWeek 8: 19 & 21 SeptemberWeek 9: 26 & 28 SeptemberWeek 10: 3 & 5 OctoberWeek 11: 10 & 12 OctoberWeek 12: 17 & 19 October