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Design Thinking and Creative Problem Solving Ages 19+

London Summer School for Adults 2020

Also available in Oxford

Design Thinking and Creative Problem Solving is a dynamic two-week course for those who have big ideas but are struggling to put them into practice. By working through these real-life obstacles, it is hoped that students will finish the course with the skills and confidence to translate their dreams into reality.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in Imperial College London
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's faculty
  • Study this course to transform your big ideas into a reality
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities in 2019
  • Inspirational cultural programme

Course Summary

Design Thinking and Creative Problem Solving is an exciting interactive two-week course which provides the perfect framework for students to realise their personal goals and ambitions. Throughout the course, students will focus on microcycle Design Thinking by applying real-life challenges to the theory. Students will work through their challenges systematically and provide explanations at each of the following stages: understand the task; observe; define point of view; ideate; prototype; test; and reflect.

The lessons and workshops will show how Design Thinking can be applied at the macro level and iteratively. It is hoped that students will be able to translate their big ideas into a reality by procedural testing. This will portray how Design Thinking can facilitate individuals in reaching their life goals and ambitions by putting their needs first.

What to expect from the Design Thinking and Creative Problem Solving course

No specific experience or skills are expected of students wishing to participate in this course, although a strong command of the English language is vital. For this course, we specifically ask students to come with their own personal challenge in mind. Students are also required to bring a laptop with them. If any additional course-specific equipment or software is needed, you will be notified in advance.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • Thoroughly understood the microcycle theory of Design Thinking
  • Applied the systematic cycle of Design Thinking to a range of real-world challenges in both professional and personal contexts
  • Grasped the scope of Design Thinking at the macro level

Topics Covered

During this two-week Design Thinking and Creative Problem Solving course, students will cover the following key topics:

  • Design Thinking methodology
  • Design Thinking micro and macrocycles
  • Idea generation
  • Design briefs
  • Implementation of planning and action planning
  • Efficiently testing designs
  • Translating the microcycle into the macrocycle

Take this course if...

Take this course if you are hoping to gain the necessary feedback and confidence to transform your big ideas into a reality.

Welcome to London - your home this summer

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The most bustling of all our centres, London is a cosmopolitan hotspot where students can really experience the melting pot of the United Kingdom. Our London summer school takes place in Imperial College London, situated in the desirable Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Students will stay in accommodation at Prince’s Gardens, located just a stone’s throw from such iconic London landmarks as the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the Royal Albert Hall.

Students will live and study in Imperial College London, experiencing student life in one of the world’s most respected and prestigious academic institutions. As well as ranking consistently in the top ten universities worldwide, Imperial has already produced an impressive number of Nobel Laureates – no mean feat considering the university was officially founded as recently as 1907.

Students in London will experience life in the buzzing heart of the UK's capital, while fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our London Summer School has to offer.

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Useful information for students & parents


Students at Imperial College London will be accommodated in comfortable en-suite single rooms. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at Imperial College London, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like.

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Pastoral care & student welfare

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss university applications. Each campus has members of residential staff who live in the college throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on [email protected] and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.

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Design Thinking and Creative Problem Solving is residential in the following venues:

(If your course takes place in more than one campus in the same city and you would like to know more about which location you will be allocated, please call our admissions team)

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