In RIT MicroMasters Program in Design Thinking, you will learn how to use the design thinking process to solve problems creatively, collaboratively and empathetically.
Innovation. Creativity. Strategic thinking. In the past year, more than 279,000 job postings have listed these skills. Another 239,000 mention design thinking.*
Why has design thinking become one of the most sought-after skills? Employers are looking for problem solving, creativity, critical thinking, and analytical skills to enhance the capabilities of their employees to lead their companies into a successful future. Design thinking was developed out of the processes used by designers including user understanding and user experience, however, its application may be used to address non-product oriented problems as well –from innovating new product or service possibilities to implementing procedural change, or identifying a new strategic direction for the company. Earning the MicroMasters program certificate will equip you with knowledge of the processes and techniques used to solve problems and innovate in the workplace.
- User-centered research skills to gain user empathy through interviews and observations
- Strategies to understand user context to identify and verify business problems
- Ideation and visualization techniques to generate targeted and creative solutions
- Methods for evaluating and applying user feedback from testing models and prototypes to identify preferred solutions.
Courses In RIT MicroMasters Program in Design Thinking
- Design Thinking Fundamentals
Learn how a user-centered approach and design thinking principles inspire innovative ideas to create desirable solutions.
- Design Thinking: Empathizing to Understand the Problem
Learn how to identify and understand product or business problems through active listening, empathy and user-focused research.
- Design Thinking: Ideation, Iteration and Communication
Learn how ideas transform into solutions through iteration and validation along with best practices for communicating your solution to stakeholders.
- Design Thinking: Prototyping and User Testing
Learn the importance of prototyping and user testing solutions before going to market and how to assess and evaluate solutions post-launch.
- Design Thinking Capstone
Demonstrate the knowledge and skills gained during the Design Thinking MicroMasters program.
Certificate & Credit pathway for RIT MicroMasters Program in Design Thinking
MicroMasters programs are designed to offer learners a pathway to an advanced degree and can count as credit toward completing a Master’s degree program. Learners who successfully earn this MicroMasters program certificate may apply for admission to a Master’s program, and if accepted, the MicroMasters program certificate will count towards the degree.
Learners who successfully earn the Design Thinking MicroMasters program certificate are encouraged to apply to RIT’s School of Individualized Study for graduate-level program certificate options. Nine credits will be awarded for the Design Thinking MicroMasters program certificate, which will serve as one area of concentration for the Professional Studies master’s degree (which is a total of 33 credits).
- In a recent McKinsey poll, 84% of global executives reported that innovation was extremely important to their growth strategies, but a staggering 94% were dissatisfied with their organizations’ innovation performance.
- The corporate world has seen an explosion of innovation programs in the past few years, with 38% of the leading 200 companies setting up innovation centers in a global tech hub. (Source, Campainlive.co.uk.)
- The top in-demand skills according to the World Economic Forum include complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and emotional intelligence.
Duration:- 8 months 8 – 12 hours per week
Cost:- $ 1345