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Introduction to Design Thinking: Understanding Creativity and Applying Innovation in real life

This course is fully booked and closed for further applications

Design thinking is an increasingly popular approach in all fields to identify transformative opportunities and solve complex challenges.  Developed by leaders in engineering, entrepreneurship, and creativity, design thinking is a human-centered process that has played a critical role in creating the culture of innovation in Silicon Valley and has helped organizations around the world improve.

This project-based course will give Aarhus University Summer University students the opportunity to improve and demonstrate their creative thinking skills in a rigorous framework.  The course will be a modified version of the courses that Dan Gilbert has taught at Stanford University and the workshops he has led for leaders from education, health care, and industry around the world.  

Working in teams, students will get hands-on experience in applying design thinking methods and strategies to real, relevant challenges with real clients. Students will then build connections between theoretical approaches and innovation that they can apply to their work at their home institutions and in their careers after university.    

Exam info and full course description

Exam info and full course description can be found in the course catalogue.

Admission Requirements

Course specific:

To apply for the course you must either be enrolled in a bachelor's degree, have a bachelor's degree or have passed a qualifying entry examination.      


Exchange Students: nomination from your home university

Freemovers: documentation for English Language proficiency

You can read more about the admission here.


Dan Gilbert




Dan Gilbert is founder of the consultancy firm Gilbert and Chittenden, where he designs, executes, and evaluates innovative processes and activities. He has taught at Stanford and leads strategic creativity work with clients in Scandinavia and the United States in industry, higher education, health care.