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Advanced Programme in Design Thinking
About the programme
The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking (d-school) is piloting an Advanced Programme in Design Thinking. in the first semester of 2017. Students who have already completed the d-school’s Foundation Programme in Design Thinking are eligible to apply. The programme will run for 12 weeks on two full days per week (on Mondays and Wednesdays) from 6 March – 9 June 2017.

The advanced programme is a transformational education programme which will enable the multidisciplinary student teams to move from design thinking as a methodology, to design-doing. The training will encourage a shift in mindset on the part of the students, and the development of a team culture that is rooted in design thinking’s creative and innovative practice.  The advanced programme requires that the teams be immersed in the context of the project partner/s in order to gain experience that leads to greater confidence in applying the design thinking methodology.

This programme will offer scope for many iterations and solution refinement. It is also about understanding and tapping into knowledge and skills that exist within an organisation in order to ensure that the solution is context relevant.  
Collaboration is key to the process to this programme.  During the programme coaches and teams will work together closely to develop ideas, with the coaches bringing their own expertise. The teams will learn more about their challenge, the work process in context and the importance of being able to articulate and communicate ideas to professionals.

Please note the following:
• Places on the pilot Advanced Programme in Design Thinking are limited to 12 students.
• Completion of the d-school’s Foundation Programme in Design Thinking is a prerequisite for participation on the advanced programme.
• The duration of the programme is 12 weeks from 6 March to 9 June 2017.
• The programme will run on two days per week (Mondays and Wednesdays) from 09:00-17:00.
• Most of the training will take place in the project partner’s environment and students will be required to make their own travel arrangements to and from the training. We will advise students of the location as soon as we’ve confirmed our project partner agreement.
• Students will need to submit a letter from their supervisor giving them permission to participate in the programme.
• The deadline for the application is.
• Please complete the application form at the link
• Submit any queries via email to the following address with ADVANCED PROGRAMME in the subject line.

Programme Dates
The programme starts on 6 March 2017 and ends on 9 June 2017. Programme days are Mondays and Wednesdays from 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM.

The dates for the programme are:
Week 1: 06 & 08 March
Week 2: 13 & 15 March
Week 3: 22 & 24 March
Week 4: 27 & 29 March
Week 5: 03 & 05 April
Week 6: 18 & 19 April (Tues and Wednesday to accommodate the Easter Vacation.)
Week 7: 24 & 26 April
Week 8: 01 & 03 May
Week 9: 08 & 10 May
Week 10: 15 & 17 May
Week 11: 22 & 24 May
Week 12: 05 & 07 June
Friends and Family Day: 09 June.

Application Deadline - 03 February 2017.
The deadline for applications is 12h00 (AM) on Friday, 03 February 2017.
The programme will be run mainly from the project partner's facilities and will be announced later.
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