Learning and development framework

Design expertise + design leadership.

Our training principles follow an interdisciplinary approach to learning and development through the lens of people, technology and organisation.

DSA’s learning and development framework is the core set of principles for all learning. We are passionate about this transformative experience: the pople involved in the product, the technology enabling it and the ogranisation needed to get it out in the world.

We believe this is the best way to prepare mid-career talent for the complexities of design leadership in its application to social, cultural and economic challenges.

The learning and development framework unpacks the complexity of designing for people, technology and organisation and structures the journey as an interdisciplinary approach to accelerate in a professional environment.

Tier-1 focusses on design methods for insight and empathy, definition, iteration, prototyping and modelling. These are our building blocks of design expertise.

Tier-2 builds on the design methods and focusses on how to communicate the value of design to a non-design audience. Learners prepare a value proposition for their independent research project and have opportunities to develop visual and verbal rhetoric in leadership, mediation, entrepreneurship and innovation. These are our building blocks of design leadership.

Specialisation modules offer individual pathways for learners to prepare their independent research project. These are our building blocks of design mechanics.