The d.school’s teaching and learning program is focused on helping people strengthen their creative abilities in order to apply them to the world. In our classes, students take on projects and challenges that require a new way of looking at what’s possible to frame problems and produce innovative solutions both in class and beyond.
We exist at the crossroads
Discovery and innovation often happens at the edges of disciplines. The d.school is a place where students and faculty from all of Stanford’s seven schools can overlap and intersect. Design is the glue and common language for problem finding and solving. Our culture is entirely opt-in for both faculty and students, and our course offerings reflect the climate and needs of the moment.
At the d.school we equip our students in eight core design abilities so that they might develop their own creative confidence and also inspire others, take risks, and persevere through tough projects at Stanford and beyond.
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We believe in experiential learning
All of our learning experiences practice a model of learn-by-doing and we routinely experiment and innovate on what a course looks like. At the d.school, we tackle real challenges and many of courses are held in situ in the context that is appropriate for the specific learning experience.
Students will practice eight core design abilities throughout their projects, using a wide range of tools, methods, mindsets, behaviors, artifacts, and more.
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We iterate our pedagogy
We believe in advancing the discipline of design, constantly infusing our community with expertise from beyond our walls. There’s no one way to “do design.” And there are many forms in which we teach it.
Every d.school class is team taught by instructors with different interests and areas of expertise collaborate to . The interdisciplinary team represents a broader range of experience and skill in the design abilities and their application that students can learn from and practice during their experiential courses.
Every year, our instructors come together and share their latest methods and artifacts. We strive to make some of these available to you to try, mash up, and make better.