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Design Thinking and Creative Problem Solving Ages 19+

Oxford Summer School for Adults 2020

Also available in London


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 colleges of the University of Oxford
  • 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 the City of Oxford - your home this summer

ORA Experience

Oxford is a city like no other, combining startlingly beautiful architecture with a buzzing, modern city centre, with superb shopping, restaurants, cafés and more. With the colleges of Oxford University at its heart, some almost 800 years old, it is a city steeped in history and academia.

Students on Oxford Royale's Oxford summer courses will have the chance to live, dine and study in this stunning city, exploring all of its major sites and discovering its hidden secrets. Through both organised trips to key landmarks and free time in the evenings, students will become acquainted with all that Oxford has to offer.

As students walk the cobbled streets and gaze up at the spires, gargoyles and honey-coloured stone buildings, they will be walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, including prime ministers, presidents, Nobel prize-winning scientists, authors and more.

Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?

Useful information for students

Accommodation

Students will be accommodated in comfortable single rooms in either Merton or University College, depending on the course chosen - please contact our registrations team if you would like more information. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at the university, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, though in some cases en-suite facilities are available.

Programme Staff

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 very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge and are able to provide an insight into life at these prestigious institutions.

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.

Our Teaching Faculty

At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here

Guest Lectures & Debates

At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates, involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors.

Extra-curricular Activities

At ORA, we never forget that our students are on vacation and seeking new experiences outside of the classroom as well as in lessons. Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our adult students have fun, network, and get the most out of their time with us.

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(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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