Tartu, Estonia

Practical Training in Design Thinking

when 31 July 2023 - 10 August 2023
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 580

This course will introduce principles of Design Thinking and problem solving.

We will design a digital product with the students. In seven days, students will get accustomed to the main methods and techniques of the Design Thinking process. Teams of 3-5 people will spend seven days working on real-life industry problem statements, and by the end of the course, they will design a prototype of the user-centric solution.

The teams will present their ideas, outcomes, plans and lessons learned to the partner company representatives and other teams.

Course leader

The course leaders are:
Maria Laanelepp, University of Tartu
Yana Halas

Target group


Course aim

Learning outcomes:

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Turn a problem statement into a product vision.
2. Conduct user research, build empathy with a user.
3. Practice different ideation techniques.
4. Develop a product strategy and corresponding metrics to assess success.
5. Create and test product prototypes.
6. Present the prototype to potential customers.
7. Understand how to manage a product innovation project in a real-life setting.

Examination format: Team presentation of the solution, outcomes, lessons learned and plans for the future;

Fee info

EUR 580: Students are responsible for their travel, accommodation and travel insurance (visa arrangements if needed) from their home country to Tartu and back to their home country. It is recommended to visit the Tartu Welcome Centre website and Student Hostel website to find accommodation opportunities. It is possible to take a bus from Tallinn Airport to Tartu Coach Station (180km). Ticket information on Tpilet.


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