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Co-Design Studio

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Twice a year, we welcome a diverse group of 3rd and 4th-year bachelor students to join our minor. We operate as a design studio.

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Twice a year, we welcome a diverse group of 3rd and 4th-year bachelor students to join our minor. We operate as a design studio, welcoming challenges from clients throughout the program. We believe in learning by doing, so we always offer our students projects to apply the knowledge we share with them. 

Co-Design Studio is a specialisation program that is offered by Hogeschool Utrecht (HU Utrecht University of Applied Sciences) and operated by Fundamentals Academy. Our team is a perfect blend of designers from the work field (the Fundamentals Academy team) and researchers from the research centre for Co-Design (HU team). Together with our international partners we will go the extra mile to ensure that our students and clients get most out of their time with us. Our group (approx 20 students) is both international and multidisciplinary. These students work full-time in our studio. In teams, they take on challenges offered by real clients, applying the Co-Design process.

The program is focused on Co-Design - the art of including all stakeholders, especially the user, in the early stages of a design process. It brings together elements from Design Thinking, Service Design, Systemic Design, User Research, Future Scenarios, and (early) prototyping. We roughly see two parts in the Co-Design process: 1) understanding the real challenge, 2) finding suitable solutions for this challenge. We guide the students in conducting design research and coming up with various solutions. This way, working with students generates a lot of fresh perspectives around a project. We always go through all the steps, although we can decide to put emphasis on the step that we feel best serves your project.

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