Graduate students, professionals and academics from across disciplines come together at the d.school to learn and apply design thinking to complex challenges facing people around the world.
The d.fellows program provides the platform to learn and strengthen design thinking skills and creative confidence, mixed with active periods in the field to experiment with project prototypes. The program equips d.fellows to go back into the world with the vision and skills to reframe challenges, and the momentum they need to spark new ways of working.
The program breaks down into three parts:
Fall Quarter: September 1 – December 7, 2013, (Focus on Learning & Teaching): Fellows take the d.school’s foundational “Design Thinking Bootcamp” course, participate in and lead additional workshops, and take part in fellowship events. The curriculum includes weekly seminars featuring Stanford faculty and outside experts in leadership, entrepreneurship, creativity, design, prototyping, scenario planning, ethnography and more.
Winter Quarter: Jan. 7 – March 15, 2014 (Focus on Teaching & Doing): Fellows rev through the design thinking cycle (Empathy, Define, Ideate, Prototype & Test) to sharpen their prototypes. Fellowship events continue when the fellows are not in the field.
Spring Quarter: April 1 – June 30, 2014 (Focus on Doing): Using what they’ve learned from the winter and fall, fellows refine their projects and launch them into the world.