Learn design

Example

  Learn Product Strategy & Design and UX   
in a very practical and colaborative way.


Next edition starts on 20th September 2021.


The School

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4 months online programme with a 5 days offline bootcamp to equip you with what you need to make a career in product strategy and design

The approach we have is a practical, hands-on experience, so
4 teams will be working on 4 real company challenges.
(last year’s challenges from: Enel, Regina Maria Healthcare, Banca Transilvania, Funky Citizens)

After this school you'll be ready to get a job or apply your newly skills in your job to have a business impact.

In a nutshell

 

  • 4 months online program
  • 5 days offline bootcamp (in Transylvania)
  • 4 real company challennges (see last year’s challenges)
  • Cohort of 20 selected, likeminded, passionate people
  • Working in teams, 4 teams in total
  • 10-15 hours weekly workload
  • 2 weekly calls - 1 cohort call + 1 team assignment debrief call
  • 12 Professors
  • Tuition fee: 500 eur/month (2.000 in total, paid in installments)
  • Bootcamp fee: 300 eur
  • Next edition starts on 20th September 2021.
  • Scholarships: we offer half funded scholarships for 6 those who prove they deserve it
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The process we’ll go through - from problem to tested solution

The process we’ll go through - from problem to tested solution

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Find more about the curricula

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The 5 days offline Bootcamp

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A semi-conference in itself.

Expect 5 amazing days of learning even more about design and business and expect even more practical work. And rest before. It will be intense

We’ll add new dimensions and perspective on design. We’ll bring you additional topics, tools and processes in design, as well as design in other fields. This comes only to integrate design as a mindset and a whole, by practicing it in other fields.

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Alumni stories & testimonials

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Daniela Tarniceru

Experience Strategist

It was like a safe space to us to explore and to go to the subject.

Istvan Csiki

UX Researcher

The people around me made me think "outside the box".

Alexandra Soare

Civic Fund Coordinator

It will actually help you achieve something great in your work or day to day life.

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Anastasia Stan

Experience designer

“I dare to say The School of Design is a must-have for any designer, in fact, for anyone, regardless of their profession.

Guided by Catalina and The School of Design crew, I discovered and succeded developing an authentic human-centric design thinking process, an indispensable skill - which then landed me a UX design job in not more than a month after graduating.

Moreover, all the user research and experience design techniques, learnt during the course, proved to be an invaluable design kit, which helped me prioritise tasks and add value to my work.

So, yes - I dare to say The School of Design is a must-have for anybody whose work involves human-interaction and serves other humans:)”

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Bogdan Mazilu

Credit Analyst

The School of Design … what a wonderful experience, what an amazing journey.

The School of Design is about people, about learning how to communicate with each other and understand everyone’s needs, a must have for anyone, whether you are a designer or not.

And I’m not a designer (I’m working in the banking field), but I can tell you The School has definitely helped in my professional and personal life in ways I never imagined. Firstly, I dare say I discovered a new me, an “I can do anything” attitude. Secondly, all the things about the user research and design process learnt during The School proved an invaluable asset on a project that I’m currently involved in.

Concluding, I recommend The School of Design to anyone who would like an new experience (of life I dare say), you won’t regret it.”

Hear it from them:

“This school is for anyone, really. Anyone who wants to create”

Manuela Zipisi
Journalist & writer

“It was just an experience I don’t think I will ever forget.”

Razvan Gherca
Front-end dev

“It was like a safe space to us to explore and to go to the subject”

Daniela Tarniceru
Experience designer

“What I liked the most is that I felt I started to become a new person”

Istvan Csiki
UX Researcher

“ I’ve never done anything like this before. I've never been in a school such as this.”

Bogdan Mazilu
Credit analyst

"The bootcamp perfectly closed the circle. It was wow."

Alexandra Soare
Civic fund Coordinator

“This school is for anyone, really. Anyone who wants to create”

Manuela Zipisi
Journalist & writer

“It was just an experience I don’t think I will ever forget.”

Razvan Gherca
Front-end dev

“It was like a safe space to us to explore and to go to the subject”

Daniela Tarniceru
Experience designer

“What I liked the most is that I felt I started to become a new person”

Istvan Csiki
UX Researcher

“ I’ve never done anything like this before. I've never been in a school such as this.”

Bogdan Mazilu
Credit analyst

"The bootcamp perfectly closed the circle. It was wow."

Alexandra Soare
Civic fund Coordinator

So, what it is?

Your week during the school


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The professors

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professors 11 weeks

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Alina Catalina Banuleasa

CATALINA
Banuleasa

Consultant & Co-founder Design Thinking Society
UX Google Expert & Sprint Master, Ex FIFA Lead Designer

Andrei Ganci

ANDREI
Ganci

Sr. Product Manager @Adobe Product design studies in The Netherlands

 

Madalina Nastase UX

DANA
Levitchi

Client Service Director & Co-owner @Mappers
The “mother of insights” - the person to talk to when it comes to interviews, understanding people, insights and really connecting.

Cristian Preda

CRISTIAN
Preda

Product Designer @ PROCESIO
Former design newbie, now experienced and balanced designer with lots to share

professors bootcamp

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Play Learn

POE &
GABRIELA

Game Designers and owners PlayLearn

Andrei Baican

ANDREI
Baican

Head of UX @BT
Strategist, maker and designer

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RADU
Vucea

Director of Design @Telenav

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ANA &
RAZ

Founders @Just Mad
Product design and consultants with an almost weird passion for workshops

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CATALIN
Mester

Founder @I Love Failure & bookups.app
Product design


What are the jobs the school prepares you for


What are the jobs the school prepares you for

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Below are some of the most frequent jobs and role
that need the designer’s skillset and processes.


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Who is the school for?

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Our participants are both:

1. Experienced professionals, managers, and people wanting to achieve new skills and learn a proven problem solving process

2. People who want to start a career into product design and strategy

Is it for you?

1. I have no experience with Product or UX or Service or Experience design
The program is built in such a way, that will take you through understanding all the principles, tools and models so you don’t need to have experience with product design and strategy prior to starting the school.

2. I have some experience
It will also be extremely powerful to those who already have been working in this domain, as the program brings:
1. challenges that take you through all the steps of building something new,
2. thus working in a team with different backrgound people
3. as well as having the opooirtunity to work on a challenge in a new industry.

And as we dare saying, our belief is the school is for everyone who wants to make a change.

For the one who also just need to acquire a new set of skills that will be eyeopeners and valuable resources for the jobs of the future.

For students, professionals, experts.
For CEOs, leaders, createors. For engineers, geeks, the thinkers.
For designers who are just starting out on this journey.
For designers who have long ago started on this journey. It might surprise you. And teach you something new.


Cost

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(accommodation and transporation not included)

Join a learning experience
which we dare say it’s going to be
  transformative and memorable.  

     BE ONE OF THE FUTURE 16 BEST NEWCOMERS TO DESIGN     



BE ONE OF THE
FUTURE 16 BEST
NEWCOMERS

TO DESIGN


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about the school

11 weeks including a 4 days bootcamp at the end of the school

11 weeks s of learning hands-on design, together with 15 other ambitous and driven team mates. In teams of 4 you will collaborate to uncover the world of design through both individual contributions and collaborative work. (don’t worry, we’ll pair you with the coolest people)

Together with your team mates you will be solving a real problem given by a company. You’ll be provided with the initial context of the problem and from there, you’ll start working on it as a designer, guided by the school professors. We’ll have 4 company challenges and you’ll be able to contribute to other teams’ challenge as well (in this way, you’ll build your first portfolio project).



about the school

11 weeks including a 4 days bootcamp at the end of the school + 11 professors.

11  weeks s of learning hands-on design, together with 15 other ambitous and driven team mates. In teams of 4 you will collaborate to uncover the world of design through both individual contributions and collaborative work (don’t worry, we’ll pair you with the coolest people)

Together with your team mates you will be solving a real problem given by a company. You’ll be provided with the initial context of the problem and from there, you’ll start working on it as a designer, guided by the school professors. We’ll have 4 company challenges and you’ll be able to contribute to other teams’ challenge as well (in this way, you’ll build your first portfolio project).

The timeline

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The timeline

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Your week during the school


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how is it going to be

Every week, you should expect:

- about 3 hours of online live classes to give you the information you need for each chapter of learning (some call it theory, we call it the pieces of puzzle you need).

- a few weekly assignments which you’re expected to work on in your team.

- scheduled calls to check in and work with your people.

- a 1 hour debriefing and feedback session at the end of the week.

- alone time for you to read, learn, reflect

(basically, you can expect to dedicate some time to this every other day, but rest assured it’s going to be just what you need, altought at times you’ll want to send us, well, to hell)

Once every 3 weeks we’ll also have a longer group class session. This is right about when challenging, turning points in the design process occur. Ideally we would meet somewhere in real life (for those living in the same cities), but online will be great too (by this point you’ll be an almost designer, so you can take that as another design challenge to tackle).

We’ll wrap things up nicely with a 4-day bootcamp.



how is it going to be

Every week, you should expect:

- about 3 hours of online live classes to give you the information you need for each chapter of learning (some call it theory, we call it the pieces of puzzle you need).

- a few weekly assignments which you’re expected to work on in your team.

- scheduled calls to check in and work with your people.

- a 1 hour debriefing and feedback session at the end of the week.

- alone time for you to read, learn, reflect

(basically, you can expect to dedicate some time to this every other day, but rest assured it’s going to be just what you need, altought at times you’ll want to send us, well, to hell)

Once every 3 weeks we’ll also have a longer group class session. This is right about when challenging, turning points in the design process occur. Ideally we would meet somewhere in real life (for those living in the same cities), but online will be great too (by this point you’ll be an almost designer, so you can take that as another design challenge to tackle).

We’ll wrap things up nicely with a 4-day bootcamp.

The bootcamp agenda

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Join this experience!

The bootcamp agenda

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Join this experience!

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(accommodation and transporation not included)

The Cost

The School 4 months


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The Bootcamp (5 offline days)


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We also offer 6 half funded grants, meaning you’ll pay 250 eur/month. The bootcamp is still on you. Show us why you think you should be amontg the 6 ones who receive this scholarship in this dedicated section here.

We also offer 6 half funded grants, meaning you’ll pay 250 eur/month. The bootcamp is still on you. Show us why you think you should be amontg the 6 ones who receive this scholarship in this dedicated section here.

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Alina Cătălina Bănuleasa
aka Șparkles, Maker & Believer

When Catalina dreams, she dreams big.

And when she puts herself at work, she makes things happen.

And by following her dreams and passion she inspires people to join these efforts.


Schedule a 30 min meeting with Catalina!


The value of design in business

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Design for us is a verb.

And it means solving complex, sometimes unknown, problems. It means creating, testing, iterating. It also means bringing people together to work collaboratively and putting at the same table the business needs with the universes of the clients.

It's no longer a question of “IF”, it’s a fact that design driven businesses are more profitable. Needless to mention the rising CXO positions and design jobs in companies all over the world.

That is why, at this school we focus on ecquiping you with the skills you need to become the design business leader of tomorrow.

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