Nanodegree Program

Design Sprint Foundations

Learn Design Sprint

Learn to use the Design Sprint process to test ideas, leverage opportunities, and power innovation. With expert instruction and hands-on training, you’ll become an exceptional problem-solver.

Enrollment Closing In

  • Time
    1-month program

    Study 10 hrs/week and complete in 1 mo.

  • Classroom Opens
    February 5, 2019

Why Learn the Design Sprint Process?

Popularized in Jake Knapp’s bestseller “Sprint,” the Design Sprint process has revolutionized how products are brought to market. Design firm AJ&Smart has created a Version 2.0 to design products for Lufthansa, Zalando, Red Bull, and more. Now, Udacity and AJ&Smart are combining forces so you can master the problem-solving power of Design Sprints!

Why Learn the Design Sprint Process?

Hundreds of companies use Product Design Sprints to solve big problems

In Collaboration with the Experts at


AJ&Smart is an international design agency that works with the best companies in the world to reshape their problem-solving processes. They have pioneered a cutting-edge version of the Design Sprint process which they’ve used to successfully design products for big companies everywhere. Now, the experts at AJ&Smart are combining forces with Udacity to teach problem-solvers in any field how to leverage the sprint method to accelerate success.

Learn by Doing
Learn by Doing

Learn by Doing

Gain an understanding of the new 4-day Design Sprint by working on a Design Sprint. Define the challenge, devise solutions, prototype, and draw conclusions from user-testing.

Build Better Products Faster

Build Better Products Faster

Experts at AJ&Smart teach you how to compress months of work and endless discussions into one week to improve or develop a new product, or to solve a difficult question.

Personalized Project Reviews
Personalized Project Reviews

Personalized Project Reviews

Benefit from personalized feedback every step of the way from expert reviewers. Your projects will prepare you to problem solve efficiently and effectively.

An Engaging Community

An Engaging Community

Join a dynamic community of learners to draw inspiration and knowledge. You will give and receive support, make connections, and stay on track with your learning.

What You Will Learn

Download Syllabus

Master the Design Sprint Process

Learn to use the Design Sprint process to test new business ideas, and produce better products, services, and strategies, faster.

Master the Design Sprint Process

See fewer details

1 Month to complete

Prerequisite Knowledge

You should have basic computer skills and be comfortable navigating online.

  • Day 1: Creating “The Concept”

    You’ll begin by learning what happens on Day 1 of a Design Sprint: How to choose a challenge, and how to propose a solution, called a “Concept.”

    The Concept
  • Day 2: Creating “The Storyboard”

    On Day 2, proposed Concepts get voted on, and a direction is decided upon. You’ll then learn to create a detailed Storyboard for the winning Concept.

    The Storyboard
  • Day 3: Creating “The Prototype”

    To create The Prototype, a Design Sprint team has to delegate tasks, spend time building, and then put the parts together. You’ll learn how to contribute your piece of the puzzle.

    The Prototype
  • Day 4: User Testing!

    Here, you’ll learn how to prepare for user testing, how to actually conduct user testing, and how to summarize user testing feedback in a Summary Report.

    The Summary Report
The sprint gives our startups a superpower. They can fast-forward into the future to see their finished product and customer reactions before making any expensive commitments.
— Jake Knapp, Author of SPRINT

Learn with the best

Jonathan Courtney
Jonathan Courtney


Jonathan is a Product Designer and Co-Founder of AJ&Smart. Born in Ireland, he now works between Berlin and San Francisco, helping the best companies in the world make better products faster.

Michael Smart
Michael Smart


Michael is a Product Designer and Co-Founder of AJ&Smart. He has facilitated hundreds of Design Sprints with the world’s most innovative companies, designing award-winning products and services, while empowering teams to change the way they work.

Andrej Ktitarev
Andrej Ktitarev


Andrej is a product designer at AJ&Smart. With a background in psychology and computer science, he has run Design Sprints and built different prototypes for various industries all over the world.

Anke Audenaert
Anke Audenaert


Anke is the product lead for the School of Business at Udacity. She previously ran Market Research at Yahoo!, co-founded two companies, and is on the marketing faculty at UCLA Anderson.

Brittni Bowering
Brittni Bowering


Brittni is the Head of Media at AJ&Smart. She has a background in marketing and video advertising, and a passion for business. She has facilitated hundreds of Design Sprints across various industries.

Student Reviews



5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 stars
Edmunds G.

Programm was good. First 3 days were very detailed and very explained (sometimes too detailed), but 4th day was different. Seems that technicaly all were OK, but somehow feeling was different. Not customer friendly.

Sascha K.

recommend it 100%

Elisa B.

It was a well prepared and deep learning experience! I enjoyed it a lot and will for sure use the design sprint model often in my Company!

Martin Z.

Very good and clear videos that you could watch again and again, and working on a concrete example, the work and the understanding of what it is very practical brought. I feel safe and can do this independently in another project.

Simona F.

Very much enjoyed this program! Loved the step by step approach.

Get Started Now

Design Sprint Foundation Nanodegree program
$599 USD


During your 1-month term, you'll have access to the Nanodegree program classroom and materials, plus expert project reviews.

Program Details

  • Why should I enroll?

    Today, the best companies in the world are using the revolutionary design sprint process to create, prototype, test, and release new products, as well as develop new strategies, enter new markets, and more. In this program, you'll learn exactly how and why the design sprint process is so effective, and why it's become so integral to the success of so many leading companies. To ensure you're learning from the best, we've partnered with international design firm AJ&Smart, who have pioneered a Version 2.0 of this influential process to design products for Lufthansa, Zalando, Red Bull, and more.

  • What jobs will this program prepare me for?

    While this program is not designed to prepare you for a specific job, after completing this program, you should be comfortable in the skills used in design sprints, including storyboarding, prototyping, and user testing.

  • How do I know if this program is right for me?

    If you are interested in learning how to run successful design sprints—from challenges and sketches, to user-testing and reporting—in a hands-on learning environment that enables you to simulate the actual experience of participating in, and contributing to, a real design sprint, this program is for you.

  • Do I need to apply? What are the admission criteria?

    No. This Nanodegree program accepts all applicants regardless of experience and specific background.

  • What are the prerequisites for enrollment?

    We recommend having experience using the web, being able to perform a search on Google, downloading and editing files, working with PDFs, and, most importantly, the determination to keep pushing forward! Technical programming experience is not required in this program.

  • How is this Nanodegree program structured?

    The Design Sprint Foundations Nanodegree program is composed of one (1) Term of one (1) month. A Term has fixed start and end dates.

    To graduate, students must successfully complete 4 projects which affords you the opportunity to apply and demonstrate new skills that you learn in the lessons. The project will be reviewed by the Udacity reviewer network and platform. Feedback will be provided and if you do not pass the project, you will be asked to resubmit the project until it passes.

  • How long is this Nanodegree program?

    Access to this Nanodegree program runs for the period noted in the Term length section above.

    See the Terms of Use and FAQs for other policies around the terms of access to our Nanodegree programs.

  • Can I switch my start date? Can I get a refund?

    Please see the Udacity Nanodegree program FAQs found here for policies on enrollment in our programs.

  • What software and versions will I need in this program?

    For this Nanodegree program, you will need to have access to a computer with file downloading capabilities. It’s also useful to have access to a camera to take photos for projects.

Design Sprint Foundations

Learn Design Sprint