In a nutshell


Intensive 5-day programme focused on innovation in social design, using practical / digital methods for thinking (research + inspiration) and doing (prototyping + testing). 


Campus Mutsaard, University of Antwerp, Belgium


1 - 5 July 2019


Master students; Design and other professionals working in the field of social design; Service Design Network (SDN) Belgium members.

Depending on the profile, 3rd year Bachelor students can be accepted as well.

External partners

Service Design Network | SDN Belgium, !Drops

Course description

We offer a 5-day practical, inspiring and engaging summer school in the context of Social Design. Product, service and system designers (from local and international agencies), social innovators, academic researchers, and multiple other experts from (non-)profit organizations and governmental institutions will guide you through this summer school within the context of innovation in social design. We will work on following building blocks:

  • Intercultural design
  • International design
  • Circular design
  • Bio design
  • Digital design
  • Fashion design

Social designers are looking for solutions to societal challenges, such as the environment, cultural issues and working with vulnerable target groups. During the summer school we will engage in following themes:

  1. What is social design and how can we create impact through social design?
  2. Challenges in social design: co-designing innovative solutions
  3. Thematic sessions on international and intercultural design
  4. Business modelling in social design
  5. Prototyping sessions in bio-design, circular design, digital and fashion design
  6. Storytelling through design


3 ECTS credits can be awarded upon successful completion of the programme.  

Registration fee

Students: 250 euro

Professionals: 650 euro

SDN members: 500 euro

The fee includes course material, coffee breaks, one group dinner and social activities. Does not include lunch, accommodation or travel costs.

University of Antwerp Students are entitled to a refund of €150 after completion of the summer school.

Application details

Will be availabe through Mobility Online until 1 May 2019.