Electives build on highly innovative course formats, focusing on practical relevance and upcoming trends. They are designed to complement the core courses by offering students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in an area of their choice. Students benefit from a high coaching intensity by both center assistants and industry partners. This is just an excerpt of the various courses offered at CDTM, which are continuously adapted to changing technologies and requirements.
Within an intensive five-day period, 10-15 students of various different disciplines conceptualize, develop and implement a product or service. Students are responsible for product ideation, for implementing the technical environment, for creating a solid business plan and for designing a marketing campaign to promote the product. In the course of the workshop students undergo the whole process of a real world venture from idea stage to product launch – in a very condensed period of time.
Students get to know the mindset, methods and processes of design thinking within a three-week workshop. Experienced industrial designers and product developers convey the basics by giving practical examples, posing interactive exercises and providing various methods.
Students design user-oriented concepts through an empathy-based, interactive approach revolving around questions such as “How to improve the commute for bikers during winter?” or “How to improve the shopping experience for wheelchair users?”
Sketching with Hardware
Hack, solder, tinker. Introduced by CDTM alumni, the elective Sketching with Hardware challenges students to design a physical prototype within the course of two weekends.
Students learn the basics on the first weekend and implement a prototype during the second. The results include, among others, a salsa trainer, a cocktail-mixer and a true „time turner“, a clock that goes faster or slower according to your preference – and your guests.
More project examples are available in the blog,