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Foundation Programme in Design Thinking

The semester-long Foundation Programme in Design Thinking is for postgraduate students from all disciplines and faculties at UCT.

Programme Outcomes included:

Collaborative empathy in multidisciplinary teams
Exposure to, and practice of, core design thinking processes and methodologies
Reflective practice as a continuing learning process
Methological approaches to exploring complex problems
Abductive reasoning for creative problem solving
Design of human centric solutions

Applications for the Foundation Programme in Design Thinking are now open. Please click on the link below to access the application form.


Students are required to get permission from their supervisors to attend the programme.

The dates for the foundation programme are 7 August to 25 October 2017. The programme will run on Mondays and Wednesday from 09:00-17:00.  Attendance at all sessions is obligatory. Friends and Family day will take place on the 27th of October (Friday) 2017.



Advanced Programme in Design Thinking

An Advanced Programme in Design Thinking for postgraduate students was  launched in March 2017. Postgraduate students who have already completed the d-school's Foundation Programme in Design Thinking are eligible for the advanced programmes.


Design Thinking Week

The second annual d-school Design Thinking Week is being planned for mid-year 2017. Students from all universities are welcome to apply. More information will be available in late in April. Please find out more below.

Professional programmes

In collaboration with the Graduate School of Business at UCT, the d-school will be offering the 3-day Open Courses in Design Thinking: Design thinking in Practice on the following dates: 13 - 15 June, Cape Town, 2 - 4 August, Johannesburg and 1 - 3 November, Cape Town. You can find more information on these courses here.


Coaches Training Programme 

Continued training of local coaches, sensitive to the South African and African context, is an integral part of the d-school's capacitation plan. 

The next training programme for aspirant design thinking coaches will beheld from 26 June to 6 July 2017. Apply below. 

The d-school’s programmes are led by programme managers supported by professional coaches. Design thinking students learn to collaborate in multidisciplinary teams and each team’s progress through the d-school's programmes is facilitated by a dedicated professional d-school-trained coach.

The d-school conducted two 5-day coaching training programmes, in June and December 2016, with the support of the HPI School of Design Thinking at the University of Potsdam, These programmes followed shorter introductions to design thinking during which potential coaches were identified, assessed and recruited.

The training reflects the d-school’s commitment to establishing a local inclusive team.

The next coach training programme will be run by the d-school’s programme managers.

All d-school coaches are hired on a freelance basis. As part of their training, coaches are expected to attend the 5-day coach training programme, shadow coach during the Design Thinking Week planned for the end of June and the 1-day d-camps planned for July, and be able to commit to coaching on either Mondays or Wednesdays during the academic semesters for a total of 24 days in the course of one year in exchange for the coaches training.

If you’re interested in becoming a d-school coach, please email using the subject line “Coach Training Programme.” Provide your name, contact details, a brief bio that your includes education and work background and experience to be included on the database for when the application process begins.