International Study Design Programme

Theme:   New Frontiers in Digital Design

Study design and culture the United Kingdom, the world’s leading global design hub. Learn about design, technology, business and industry in London, the ‘Design Capital of the World’ and Manchester, the ‘Northern Powerhouse’.

This 7 day programme is divided into two sections featuring Manchester and London and costs £3500 per person (not including hotels or transport)

Manchester (3 Days – Stay at the Hilton Hotel)
Day 1: Thursday, 30 May, 2019
2 Day VIP Pass for the DesignOps Global Conference 2019

Day 2: Friday, 31 May, 2019
1 Day Workshop in ‘Enterprise Design Thinking and Creating Digital Products’ with Peter Fossick, (formerly a Director of Design at IBM, BCG-DV and Publicis-Sapient)

Day 3: Saturday, 1 June 2019
The Science and Industry Museum (
Manchester Art Gallery (
The Whitworth Art Gallery (

London (3 Days at the Hilton Metropole, Paddington)
Day 4: Sunday, 2 June 2019 Travel AM – Arrive lunchtime visit Buckingham Place, Trafalgar Square and The National Portrait Gallery, Free Time

Day 5: Tuesday, 3 June, 2019 –
Design Studio Visits
Publicis.Sapient ( The world’s leading Digital Agency (TBC)
Livework ( The world’s leading Service Design Agency  (TBC)
IDEO ( The Worlds Leading Design and Innovation Agency  (TBC)

Day 6: Monday, 4 June/2019
AM London University visits: Royal College of Art, The V&A Museum
The Hyde Park and Oxford Street  (TBC)

The Conference
This trip features a 2 Day VIP Pass for the DesignOps Global Conference 2019
The DesignOps Global Conference 2019 is aimed at design leaders, developers, practitioners, product managers, service innovators and business leaders that are defining the way we design and develop new products and services in an ‘Agile World’.

The title of this year’s conference is ‘Agile and Beyond – New Frontiers in Design’
And it takes place in Manchester on May 30th and 31st

Design has never been so impactful, relevant and important. From user centred design to service design, we use design to deliver great experiences, new products, innovative services and disruptive business models in the ‘experience economy’ where digital is the disruptor.

This new conference will serve as a platform to share new ideas and identify the important issues facing designers, developers and business leaders working at the cutting edge of digital innovation.

The Workshop
Using a bootcamp format, attendees learn how to apply design tools that enable teams to collaborate at speed and apply User Centred Design and the IXSD Design Practices toolkit. Learn the principles of agile product, ux and service design based on Human Centred Design using Design Thinking principles and DesingOps.

You will learn immersed in a unique cultural setting with access to leading design practitioners, thought leaders, business champions, pioneering design groups, companies and cultural events.

The Design Agencies
London is a global hub for innovation, and attracts the world’s leading design talent to serve the world’s leading companies.

To be announced

A leading gloval marketing and consulting company that provides business, marketing, and technology services to clients.

To be announced

An international design and consulting firm

To be announced
A leading design agency specialising in the design and transformation of services. They are pioneers in developing new ways to transform complex services to deliver highly efficient and customer centric solutions.

The Museums
The V&A
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.27 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

The Whitworth
The Whitworth is an art gallery in Manchester, England, containing about 55,000 items in its collection. The gallery is located in Whitworth Park and is part of the University of Manchester.
Established in 1889, and transformed in 2015, the Whitworth reopened after it was transformed by a £15 million capital redevelopment that doubled its exhibition spaces, restored period features and opened itself up to its surrounding park. The gallery received more than 440,000 visitors in its first year and was awarded the Art Fund’s Museum of the Year prize in 2015.
The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester
The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, England, is a large museum devoted to the development of science, technology and industry with emphasis on the city’s achievements in these fields. There are extensive displays on the theme of transport, power and Manchester’s textiles, communications and computing.


Theme: Digital Design, Innovation and Technology

In this intense and exciting 14 day program you will work on a lean start-up using a design hack to learn the about designing digital products and how design, technology and business come to together.

Visit a host of cutting edge start-ups and design groups in the bay including Frogdesign, Fjord, IDEO, Lunar, Designit, Momentum Design Lab, Beyond, Greater Than One and many more.

This program is centred in San Francisco and explores how the Bay Area has becomes the world’s leading start-up and technology hub. The experience continues with visits to Apple, VLab, Lyft, Houzz, Eventbrite, Pinterest, GitHub, Postmates, Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures to name a few. We will also visit, MOMA, Stanford d.School, ArtCentre College of Design, and the start-up community situated in around 4th Street (SF) and Palo Alto.


Theme: Product Design and Manufacturing

In this intense and exciting 14 day program you will undertake a design hack to learn the about designing products using global production chains and how branding, marketing, industrial design and business come to together to deliver innovative products.

This program is centred in Hong Kong and explores how China has becomes the world’s factory. The program includes visits to design studios, global design HQs and experience first hand the factories and production centres that form part of the vast manufacturing expertise in Shenzhen, China. Visit Vtech, Goldpeak, Kids II, Philips, and a host of OEM manufacturers. The program includes visits to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The Hong Kong Design Institute and cultural attractions.

Why do these Programs?

Our programs provide two distinct and invaluable experiences:

  • A design hack in a sprint format that is challenging, fast paced working with inspiring design leaders.
  • An immersive, highly informative and life changing experience in a global design hub where trends are set and thought leadership established.

Program Outcomes

  • Learn and apply a range of new design skills that will enable you to work and achieve results quickly and of a high standard.
  • Apply design approaches that deliver disruptive innovation by working collaboratively and at speed in an agile way.
  • Develop a unique understanding of the cultural context of design.
  • Network and connect with leading design figures and companies.
  • Develop a range of portfolio assets that can be used to differentiate you from your peers as you launch your design career.

Who is this course for?

  • Design students in the the latter half of there studies that have good technical and communications skills.
  • Designers that have a background in Product, Industrial, Graphics, Media, Advertising, Service, UX or UI Design or another design discipline seeking to enhance and boost their career prospects.


To learn more about this course and our other courses or to discuss a bespoke or customised workshop please call Peter Fossick on (UK) +44 7972 905474 or request a call back (Network charges may apply depending upon you service provider).

Or complete the inquiry form here