FAQs
Frequently asked questions

HOW CAN I VISIT THE D.SCHOOL?

Please join us for a tour of the d.school! You can view the schedule here. We host tours nearly every Friday from 12:00 - 1:00pm (including plenty of time for Q&A), with a modified schedule in the summer. Tours are hosted by d.school alums who are experts in design thinking and excited to share their experiences using the methodology in the field.

 

WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE A SCHEDULED TOUR?

You are more than welcome to come by and see the space on your own! Our doors are open Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm, and we have materials to help guide your exploration.

 

CAN I TAKE A CLASS AT THE D.SCHOOL?

Currently, the d.school offers classes to enrolled Stanford graduate students. If you’re interested in taking d.school classes, you can apply to any graduate degree program at Stanford and augment your experience with d.school courses. Specifically, the Stanford Design Program offers a graduate degree in design thinking; these students frequently participate in d.school courses. We also run workshops for executives throughout the year.

 

I’M A STANFORD STUDENT – HOW DO I APPLY TO THE D.SCHOOL?

The d.school itself does not directly admit students nor grant degrees. What we do offer are interdisciplinary elective classes for all graduate students at Stanford. If you’re interested in a master’s degree in design, apply to the Stanford Design Program.

 

DOES THE D.SCHOOL OFFER STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMS?

Exchange programs would need to be set up through one of Stanford’s seven schools – Business, Medicine, Education, Law, Engineering, Humanities & Sciences, or Earth Sciences.

 

IF I’M NOT A STANFORD STUDENT, CAN I STILL GET INVOLVED?

Absolutely, and we hope you do! We have a myriad of programs for professionals and students beyond Stanford, like executive education and project fellowships. Please head to our Programs page to explore all our offerings.

 

WHERE CAN I FIND AN INTRO TO DESIGN THINKING?

Great question. Check out our virtual crash course that will take you step by step through the process in a 90 minute design challenge. There are also online courses available through IDEO U and +ACUMEN.

 

DOES THE D.SCHOOL OFFER EXECUTIVE EDUCATION?

Yes, our Executive Education workshops are open enrollment and take place here at Stanford several times a year. In these workshops, your team will participate with executives from other companies as well.

 

WHAT ABOUT WORKSHOPS FOR SMALLER GROUPS OF EXECUTIVES?

You might be interested in Executive Education's Innovation Workshop – a 3-hour workshop limited to 40 participants. The session aims to equip executives with the design skills to tackle business challenges in a new way. Contact exec_ed@d.school.stanford.edu to apply, and we’ll be in touch to let you know if your request aligns with our team’s particular skills and areas of interest.

 

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE FOR K-12 EDUCATORS?

Explore offerings and methods from our K12 Lab Network. The K12 Lab also has a newsletter you can sign up for here and events for educators, entrepreneurs, and edu innovators of all stripes. You can also stay in the loop by following us on Twitter at @k12lab. Finally, you might be interested in the Design Thinking for Educators site and toolkit from our friends at IDEO + Riverdale.

 

DOES THE D.SCHOOL HAVE OPPORTUNITIES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?

We occasionally offer workshops that are open to the public. Follow us on Twitter at @stanforddschool to get the latest on events happening at the d.school.

 

IF I’M AFFILIATED WITH STANFORD, CAN I RESERVE SPACE TO USE AT THE D.SCHOOL?

See available spaces on the SEQ website. Our spaces are typically reserved for use by d.school and Stanford groups who are facilitating active and collaborative learning experiences centered on design thinking. While we receive many requests for meetings and team retreats, we unfortunately can't accommodate all of them.

 

CAN I RESERVE SPACE IF I’M NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE D.SCHOOL?

Our spaces are typically reserved for use by Stanford groups, and we don’t have spaces available for rent.

 

I’M AN EMPLOYER - CAN I POST A JOB OFFERING TO D.SCHOOL STUDENTS OR ALUMNI?

You can email hannahjoy@dschool.stanford.edu with the job title, company, location, and job description in the body of the email (no attachments, please!). If it’s relevant to our students and alumni, we’ll be happy to include it in our jobs email list.
 

CAN I OBSERVE A CLASS AT THE D.SCHOOL?

Every class has a different policy on visitors. If you are interested in visiting classes, please reach out to the teaching teams for each class directly. You’ll find the list of current courses and contact info here.

 

HOW CAN I GET A JOB AT THE D.SCHOOL?

Thanks for your interest! When we have positions available, our job postings are listed here.

 

HOW CAN I BECOME A D.SCHOOL FELLOW?

The open application period for the d.school Project Fellowship and Teaching Fellowship is typically announced in early spring. You can follow our current fellows’ progress and learn more about the program here.

 

DOES THE D.SCHOOL OFFER CONTRACT WORK OR PARTNER WITH CONSULTANTS?

As a small team hyper-focused on teaching and learning, we unfortunately don’t have the personnel to support consulting or formal partnerships with external organizations.

 

I’M A MEMBER OF THE PRESS - HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE D.SCHOOL?

You can find information on our fact sheet, downloadable here. There, you’ll find contact information for Debbe Stern who handles public relations for the d.school.