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Introduction to Design Thinking: Understanding Creativity and Applying Innovation in Real Life

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.   

In this project-based course, students will work in teams to gain hands-on experience in applying design thinking methods and strategies to assist real-life clients with their challenges.

Find full course description in the course catalogue.    




The grade for the course consists of two parts:

  • Coursework counting app. 40 %
  • 3-hour written exam counting app. 60 %

The written exam is online and presence in Aarhus is not nescessary.

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.