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02-11-2016  Applications are open for our Foundation Programme in  Design Thinking -  Semester 1, 2017

If you're a postgraduate student currently registered at UCT and you would like to participate in our Foundation Programme in Design Thinking, please click on the link below to apply. You can also read about the programme at the bottom of this post.



28-10-2016  Applications are open for our 4-Day Introduction to Design Thinking 6 - 9 December 2016

We spoke about this a few days ago and now we're ready to launch our application process for the d-school's free Introduction to Design Thinking which will run from  6 to 9 December 2016.

We are looking for undergraduate and postgraduate students from all over the country who are interested in exploring creative ways of problem solving in a collaborative environment.

Click on the button below to apply. The deadline for applications is 11 November 2016.

27-10-2016  Fast Forward in Design Thinking for UCT Staff

The d-school is inviting UCT faculty and staff to a 1-day Fast Forward in Design Thinking on 21 November 2016. This is the first of a series of introductory 1-day programmes planned for staff and faculty in 2017.

This one-day fast forward is an introductory programme that will expose participants to the design thinking process, and several supporting principles, methods and tools.

During the day, staff will explore a design challenge in multidisciplinary teams of 5 - 6. They will take a human-centred approach to exploring and framing, developing, and finally proposing a design intervention. 

Please contact Dr Rael Futerman -

For more information click on the symbol below.


26-10-2016  Introduction to Design Thinking for students from all universities in South Africa

As part of our plans for an annual Design Thinking Week in South Africa, the d-school will be offering a free introductory programme in Design Thinking from 6 to 9 December 2016.

We are looking for undergraduate and postgraduate students from all over the country who are interested in exploring creative ways of problem solving in a collaborative environment.

We will be launching the application process for this course in the next couple of days. So watch this space.


25-10-2016  Class of 2nd semester 2016

25-10-2016  The d-school's diverse, inclusive student teams

The d-school has been fortunate to attract the diversity across all spectrums that is vital for the diverse, inclusive teams that are the bedrock of Design Thinking in practice. Here's a glimpse of the student demographics for our Class of 2nd semester, 2016.

21-10-2016  d-stories  Class of 2nd Semester 2016


19-09-2016  Exec Ed students introduced to some Design Thinking

16-09-2016  Join the d-school for an introduction to Design Thinking

Are you interested in being exposed to Design Thinking's design-led innovation model?  Would you like an introduction to the practice of design thinking?

The d-school team will be running a half-day Design Thinking Primer at the South Africa Innovation Summit in Johannesburg on Friday 23 September 2016.

And we'd like to invite you. See the invite below for details.


07-09-2016 Apply now for our open course in Design Thinking Practice

The d-school is offering a  3-day Design Thinking Practice course for leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs seeking to learn the design-led innovation methodology to break down silos, manage multi-disciplinary teams, and innovate in complex, fast-changing environments.

Click on the brochure for more information on the course. Or go directly to the application process by clicking on the Apply button.

02-09-2016 - New 3-day course in Design Thinking in Practice

Applications have opened for the d-school's first open course in Design Thinking for executives, leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs. Have a look at our information brochure for programme details and click the link to apply on the last page.

24-08-2016 News flash!

We’d like to announce that our first open course – a 3-day course in Design Thinking in Practice – has been scheduled for  2 - 4 November 2016.  The programme offers an immersion in design thinking for leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs seeking new ways of thinking, strategising and problem solving;  and wanting to develop techniques for silo-busting and for managing multidisciplinary teams in fast–paced, dynamic environments.  The closing  date for applications is 14 October 2016. Apply here.


Our second semester Foundation Programme in Design Thinking is well underway and postgraduate students on this programme have been just been introduced to the project partners who have submitted the real world challenges that the multi-disciplinary teams will work on over the next two months. 

In the meantime, we’d like to share with you this e-booklet about the pioneering programme in semester one:


Applications have opened for the second Foundation in Design Thinking pilot programme at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking at UCT. The deadline for applications is 10 June 2016.


The pioneering students on the first Cape Town d-school pilot semester programme for postgraduates, marked their graduation 0n 18 May 2016, with a presentation to project partners and the d-school team.

Cape Town d-school in the news :
Business Day Live
Cape Craft & Design Institute


d-finals with the pioneering postgraduate students on the first Foundations in Design Thinking programme.