Hi, you are logged in as , if you are not , please click here

Design Thinking Summer School

More Info

Course Information

Student working during summer 2016

Monday to Thursday 10 am - 4 pm for three weeks, plus Saturday 15 July (London trip)

Being ahead of the competition and standing out from the crowd is essential in today's business world.

So is being able to demonstrate your idea generation and problem solving skills.

This course will provide you with new creative skills that will complement your business knowledge, and is therefore a must for anyone who wants to develop new ways to promote themselves and their ideas.

Course Code


Course Dates

10th July 2017 – 27th July 2017

Course Fee

Course Description

During this course you will explore the business case for creativity in the workplace. You will work in teams to solve simple design problems, and experiment with approaches to design thinking which are likely to be new to you.

You will combine classroom lectures with sessions in the design studio, and build your understanding of how to think creatively and communicate your ideas to others.

You will also try drawing as a tool for improving your observation skills and as a way to analyse objects and systems, and learn why drawing is the communication tool favoured by creative people.

You will then go on to develop a personal project, supported by lectures on marketing and how to launch a new product or service.

On this course you will:

  • explore how to incorporate innovation in everyday business practices
  • look at consumer behaviour and current marketing trends
  • learn how to improve your project management and leadership skills
  • use effective presentations skills to communicate your ideas with confidence
  • explore rapid concept generation techniques and examine how the design, problem solving and idea generation processes work
  • be actively involved in studio design projects
  • consider prototyping and sketch modelling to present your concepts
  • hear how designers view their clients and customers, and how entrepreneurs can develop brand and logo awareness when setting up a new business
  • review case studies that will support your understanding of the creative process.

Included in the course is an organised trip to London on the first Saturday to explore the design culture, museums and galleries of our exciting capital.

What will you gain?

This summer school is ideal if you are studying an undergraduate business course and wish to enhance your creativity and design thinking by combining techniques from the design, marketing and business professions. You will leave the course with a large amount of tried and tested business information, a project for your portfolio and new skills that are very sought after by employers.

Looking for credit?

This course is part of the NTU Global Summer School and can offer 15 NTU credits (7.5 ECTS). If you wish to gain this credit and transcript please complete the application form on the global summer school webpages: www.ntu.ac.uk/globalsummer. Applying for credit is not compulsory.

This course will be led jointly by academic staff from our business school and product design department.

Not from Nottingham? Find out more about accommodation on our doorstep.

Any questions?

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813