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Education Programmes

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Student Programme

The d-school’s formal academic programmes started in the first quarter of 2016.

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

If you're interested in applying for our programmes, please watch this space for announcements for the application process for the second semester 2017.


Advanced Programme in Design Thinking

An advanced programme in design thinking for postgraduate students will be launched in the first semester of 2017. Students who have already completed the foundation programme will be eligible to apply for the advanced programme.

The d-school will launch the call for applications for the first Advanced Programme in Design Thinking in November 2016. 

Students on these programmes are required to be registered for postgraduate study at UCT and able to commit to two full days per week for a full semester (12 to 13 weeks).


Executive Programme

The d-school also offers programmes for executives in the private and public sectors.

Open Programmes

These programmes include open courses, which will be scheduled offerings on our programme calendar and are available to all professionals.

Closed Programmes

The programmes listed above are available on request as closed courses to executive teams from the same company or organisation.

Bespoke Programmes

The d-school also offers bespoke programmes designed for organisation with very specific needs in DT training.

And the d-school designs and provides customised training and capacitation programmes over longer periods, to large corporate and public organisations.

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