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Design Thinking 

Design Thinking is a proven way to identify and solve real-world problems and is one of the most sought after mindsets and methods in today's civic and business worlds. 

Human-centered, systems-based, and focused on skills such as creativity, teamwork, empathy, prototyping and testing, design thinking forms the basis of purposeful and cutting edge innovation.

Design Thinking Bootcamp: Discovering How to Conduct User Research in Today's Marketplace

This Design Thinking Bootcamp will focus on conducting user research via the ethnographic methods of participant observation and address the ethics of research.  Students will learn practical skills on how to ethically and effectively conduct interviews and focus groups, design surveys and develop case studies  They will also hear about schools which offer design anthropology curriculum and potential jobs & career trajectories where ethnographic methods are in high demand. The most important take-away from the class is an ability to have a new critical look at familiar things. Students will also be able to listen, emphasize and understand individuals and communities, who might be very different from themselves.

*No prior knowledge required. This is a 5-day program of both team activities and individual mini-projects with student presentations at the end.

INSTRUCTOR: Mayya Azarova

PROGRAM DATES: Monday July 13, 2020 - Friday July 17, 2020


Day 1: What is design thinking?  What are ethnography, anthropology & design anthropology? A brief history, current debates and ways you can get involved.

Day 2: Practical Skills: Interviews, Focus Groups & Research Ethics.

Day 3: It’s fieldwork time! Hands on sessions & practice.

Day 4: What’s next? How to analyse, understand and report the findings.

Day 5: Final Presentations and Feedback.


Other Program Information 

Design Thinking Bootcamp Acceptance

Students will be notified of acceptance within 10 days of submitting their application until the program is full.

Design Thinking Bootcamp Cancellation/Refund Policies

Cancellation or withdrawal for any reason prior to May 20, 2020 will receive a full refund 

Cancellation or withdrawal for any reason May 21- May 31, 2020 will receive 50% refund 

Refunds for cancellation or withdrawal after May 31, 2020 will be issued for serious illness (doctor's certificate is required) or extenuating circumstances only. Tuition is not refunded for students who are dismissed from the program.

All refund requests must be made in writing to Maysoon Dong, Sr. Program Manager, UCSD Pre-College Programs at: You will receive a confirmation of your request. Refunds will take approximately 4-6 weeks to process. Refunds are issued in the same method of payment (check or charge) of payment to the program.