Some people believe that innovation springs from spontaneous inspiration that miraculously strikes the inventor. In fact, that is not the case. The most useful innovations are the result of a careful and methodical study of the human condition, the creative observation of different products, followed by the painstaking exploration of ideal solutions until we develop our unique idea.
This course is a great opportunity for students looking to directly explore the broad world of design. Some students feel that they have an inner instinct that inclines them to be creative and “design” ideas or products, but often times they do not know how to channel and develop their spark. During this course they will learn to do just that.
Students will develop new skills in observation, ideation, problem finding, and problem solving. They will share their ideas by learning how to communicate and critique them. They will also learn about the experiences, stories, challenges and ethics in the world of design.
Classroom sessions will be combined with site visits and meetings with designers of different fields so students can learn from their experience, techniques, and work. Students will work in small group projects to develop their own product or project. At the end of the course students will create a virtual exhibit with their work.
The structure of the class is defined in three different modules:
Online Sessions: It is a two-week program where students cover the content of the course online through synchronous daily class meeting with the professor and classmates in real time. Students will do individual as well as collaborative work on specific topics and projects.
Bridge Sessions: Students will come together twice a month to continue working in their collaborative projects. Classes will also include specific advising sessions, workshops, roundtables and activities with guest speakers and business professionals.
Onsite immersion session: As a conclusion of the program students will participate in a two-week immersion program in Madrid, Spain. This capstone experience will allow participants to enjoy a full direct learning, visiting all cultural and historical sites subject of study as well as meeting all partners, experts and guest that participated in the previous part of the program.
Teaching methodology combines classroom sessions on streaming and virtual site visits with the use of other of digital technologies, including filming, photography, virtual and augmented reality reproduction, or web and app, design among others so students can enjoy the best experience from home.
We use Zoom and Google Class for teaching support.
Length of the program: two weeks online program+ two weeks immersion experience in Spain
Calendar and sessions:
Session I: June 15th- 26th (January immersion dates program will be announced)
Session II: July 6th -17th (January immersion dates program will be announced)
Cost of the program:
Online Module (25h): * 500€ *
Bridge Module + Immersion Experience: 1.800€
Full Program (Three modules): 2.200€
Optional college credit available for students registered for the full program. Check firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
* You are welcome to complete the online part only.
Language of instruction: English/Spanish
Site: Alcala de Henares / Madrid (Spain)
Full program includes:
Infinite Spur Certificate of Attendant
Personalized advising and onsite orientation
Accommodation (double rooms)
Cultural activities and excursions
24/7 local support