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Design Thinking for Collaborative Innovation (Graduate Certificate)

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Now more than ever, "T-shaped professionals" are in high demand for their ability to collaborate across disciplines, build relationships, and advance innovation. These contemporary workers are characterized by the possession of deep skills in a specialty, as well as the knack for solving problems in other areas of expertise, allowing them to move beyond boundaries.

The emerging field of design thinking responds to this paradigm shift as a human-centered approach to connecting the dots.

The Graduate Certificate in Design Thinking for Collaborative Innovation introduces a mindset, as well as core skills in creative problem solving, that can be applied to any discipline or field. Knowing how to investigate innovative solutions will enable you to actively apply, connect, and produce knowledge that meets complex human needs.

The certificate program not only provides you with advanced training that can be applied across multiple disciplines, but also creates opportunities for you to engage in collaborations across cultures and industries.

As a student in the program, you complete 18 hours of graduate credit. Sample courses include:
Intro: Design Thinking for Tackling Wicked Problems/Sensemaking
Design Methods for Framing Problems
Design Methods for Ideating
Design Methods for Prototyping

By the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Engage with complex problems, ambiguity, and uncertainty in a creative problem-solving process through interdisciplinary teamwork.
  • Demonstrate keen sensitivity and empathy toward people and contexts in which problems are situated.
  • Recognize and apply appropriate methods to frame problems, generate ideas, and evaluate solutions.
  • Move beyond theory and develop facilitation skills to empower stakeholders and implement solutions.

Program Contacts

Website: Design Thinking for Collaborative Innovation (Graduate Certificate)
Phone: 317.278.9443