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FOUNDATION PROGRAMME IN DESIGN THINKING FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS
About the Programme
The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking at UCT (d-school) invites applications for the 2nd Foundation Programme in Design Thinking pilot scheduled for the second semester in 2016. The programme will run for 12 weeks for two full days per week Monday and Wednesday.

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.

Target Students
The d-school is looking for creative thinkers. These are students who are open to seeing the world and its inhabitants from new and different perspectives. And to work with people from different disciplines and diverse backgrounds.
Student Obligations
The duration of the Foundation Programme in Design Thinking is 12 weeks. Students are required to attend two full on-campus days every week, from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. During intensive project phases more time may be necessary.

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.

d-camp
Applicants who meet the basic programme criteria will be invited to a 2-day d-camp as part of the selection process for the programme. The d-camps will be run on 5 & 6 July and 12 & 13 July, 2016. Attendance at a d-camp is compulsory for prospective students.
Programme Dates
The programme starts on 25 July and ends on 17 October 2016. Programme days are Mondays and Wednesdays from 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM.

The dates for the programme are:
Week 1: 25 & 27 July
Week 2: 1 & 4 August (Monday and Thursday to accommodate the anticipated public holiday for local elections.)
Week 3: 8 & 10 August
Week 4: 15 & 17 August
Week 5: 22 & 24 August
Week 6: 5 & 7 September
Week 7: 12 & 14 September
Week 8: 19 & 21 September
Week 9: 26 & 28 September
Week 10: 3 & 5 October
Week 11: 10 & 12 October
Week 12: 17 & 19 October

Application Deadline - 10 June 2016.
The deadline for applications for the Foundation Programme in Design Thinking is 10 June 2016.
Location
The programme will be run in a customised d-school studio on UCT's GSB Campus in Portswood Road, Green Point, CAPE TOWN, South Africa.
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