Design Thinking & Innovation

For whom?

  •  You are curious about the latest trends and want to be innovative.
  • You don't just sit back but you like to roll up your sleeves. You have a good dose of creativity to constantly look for new ideas and better solutions.
  • You believe people’s needs should always be at the center of innovations.
  • You are a team player. You know that knowledge and insights from different disciplines must work together to come to valuable innovations.

Do you recognize yourself in this description, then the Design Thinking & Innovation track is exactly what you are looking for.  Design Thinking is a methodology that uses many hands-on tools to turn problems into creative innovations.

Study programme 2022-2023

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Free crash course management

Do you have no or little basic management knowledge? No problem! After attending the free Management crash course, you will be fully prepared to successfully start your training. 

Book your intake interview

You can book a digital meeting via email, in which we will discuss what you can expect of the programme. The intake interview won't bind you to enrollment, but is a prerequisite to sign up. Afterwards, you can finalise your enrollment.

What to expect?

A new adventure

During the first term, you will take courses taught by real business experts. These take place on campus Proximus.  One thing is for sure: you’re not alone! You will start this new adventure alongside roughly 300 students, split up in smaller groups across optional tracks. Exciting, isn’t it?

Junior Consulting Project

In the second term, you will work as a 'junior consultant' on a project during 4 months. You will be supported by your project coach. This project will be a great addition on your resume.

Take a look at what some of our alumni have achieved. 

After your studies

Your dream job is only one step away

Design Thinking is used in a wide range of companies and organizations to come up with customer-oriented innovations. Moreover, the skills you learn in Design Thinking belong to the 'Top Skills for 2025' according to the World Economic Forum. 

After this one-year study program you will have the mindset of an innovator, always looking for creative ideas to improve businesses and organizations.

Master studies after banaba

After successful completion of the programme, you will receive an extra bachelor degree of 60 credits in Advanced Business Management with specific focus on Design Thinking and Innovation from UC Leuven-Limburg. You are definitely the moving mind that many employers  are looking for.  Or do you want to obtain your master degree before you start working? How about choosing for a master programme with one of our partners?

Master programme in Belgium

Since September 2020 BANABA Advanced Business Management students, who obtained their degree without any tolerated fails,  can achieve a master’s degree in three semesters (87 credits) at the VUB (Belgium): namely, a master in Bedrijfskunde (Dutch programme) or a master in Management (English programme). Starting in semester 1 you combine courses of the master programme (60 credits) with courses of the bridging programme (30 credits).  Take note: the courses of the bridging programme are only offered in Dutch.

Master studies abroad

After your BANABA studies in Advanced Business Management, you can progress into a master programme. The faculty of Management at UCLL has an agreement with several higher education institutions abroad that offer master programmes. Take a look at the different institutions that welcome BANABA students.

Practical information

Admission, registration or more information?

Are you a Flemish student? Make an appointment for an online intake interview by sending a mail to  Christel Lammens.  After the intake interview, you can  immediately start your registration.

Are you an international student?  Please check our general Application Requirements.  After having been approved by our Admissions office, you will be notified about how to request an intake interview. 

More info

As soon as you are registered and received your student number, please log in on the  intranet  of UCLL. On the intranet you can find all important information for a smooth course of the academic year.

Required prior education level

Undergraduate or bachelor's degree in any field.

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for 2022-2023 is € 460 (fixed amount) + € 22 for each study point or € 1780 for the full programme.

Start Date:

19 September 2022


 One academic year of 60 credits in two semesters.

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