Prague, Czech Republic

Design Thinking

when 9 August 2021 - 20 August 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 800

If you ask most people about the word “design”, they will most probably think about visual aesthetic of various objects. However, one of the most progressive and modern fields is the one of “design thinking”, which doesn’t focus on the visual traits, but rather on interactions of people with systems, organizations, products or services. This approach is becoming increasingly important in marketing, business and product management, as well as other fields. Join the course of Design Thinking at European Summer School and unlock your creativity, non-conventional approach, insight, strategic thinking, and other skills needed to become a true design thinker.

Design is not what we see around us every day. Amazing smartphones, shoes or furniture are results of a process which represents the real nature of design. Design Thinking is one of them and represents a mindset, set of methodologies or framework to tackle complex problems. The Design Thinking Bootcamp will help you to understand context, get valuable insights, come with innovative ideas, experience the power of quick iterations and handle the struggles of launching a product or service.

You will become researcher, strategist, storyteller, designer, developer and entrepreneur during two weeks. This course is going to be focused rather on practice than theory and reflects all elements of a Learning by doing methodology. All work is going to happen in teams through discussion and mentoring in a casual style of teaching.

Course leader

Petr Kozlik

Petr Kozlik is a multidisciplinary designer with experiences from US and Europe. He experienced fields as fin-tech, e-retail, digital marketing, education together with several startups and agencies.

Target group

Young professionals and university students with intermediary level of English

Course aim

Main content

◦ Exploration of design processes
◦ Conducting qualitative and quantitative user research
◦ Exploring insights and ideating innovative ideas
◦ Building quick and cheap prototypes - rapid prototyping and UX design
◦ Validating and improving ideas through user testing
◦ Building and communicating business strategy
◦ Teamwork - collaboration, leadership, communication
◦ Presentation - explaining a design work to diverse stakeholders

Daily breakdown

Day 1 - Understanding context and setting a team
Day 2 - Conducting user research
Day 3 - Obtaining valuable insights
Day 4 - Building ideas and concepts
Day 5 - Prototyping concepts
Day 6 - Prototyping concepts
Day 7 - Validating prototypes
Day 8 - Improving prototypes
Day 9 - Collecting data for a business plan
Day 10 - Presentation

Skills and outcomes

Understanding and experiencing a variety of Design thinking methodologies
Obtaining or extending a knowledge of design, coding and entrepreneurship
Strengthening in communication and leadership

Why to participate

You will build a maker's confidence that helps you define and solve the right problems.
You will learn by doing in the real world context that helps to understand theory more quickly.
You will explore the power of quick and dirty concepts by a moving beyond the surface.

Credits info

5 EC
You will receive an official Certificate of Attendance upon completion of your course which you may use to show evidence of the skills you have learnt during the course and have the credits accepted by your home university.

Fee info

EUR 800: Course fee includes the application fee, study materials, Prague public transportation ticket for 2 weeks, afternoon/evening social activities and events, welcome drink and goodbye graduation party. Other expenses, such as meals, accommodation, insurance, personal expenses, extra activities (such as trips outside town over the weekend and entrance fees), and required equipment (i.e. pencils, paper for illustrations) are not included in the price.

Please note, after the 30th of April 2021, there will be a late enrollment fee charged in the amount of 50EUR on top of the course fee.

In addition, we have adopted a COVID-19 Cancellation fee - in case the course will be cancelled without an online alternative or the Summer school program will not be happening/possible due to the lasting Coronavirus restrictions in your country or in the Czech Republic, we will be refunding all course fee back so the cancellation fee is 0EUR.
EUR 182: Accommodation fee for a 13-night stay at Botic Student House starts at 14 EUR/night.

Everyday afternoon or evening activities organized - sports, weekend trips, city tours, sightseeing, parties etc.

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