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 new strategic direction for the company.
In the Design Thinking MicroMasters® program, you will learn how to use the design thinking process to solve problems creatively, collaboratively and empathetically. Earning the MicroMasters credential will equip you with knowledge of the processes and techniques used to solve problems and innovate in the workplace.
* Source: Burning Glass Technologies
What you'll learn:
- 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
After earning the RITx Design Thinking MicroMasters program certificate, students are eligible to apply for admission to RIT’s Master of Science in Professional Studies program through the standard admission process. If accepted into the program, students who have successfully completed the verified MicroMasters program courses will be awarded nine credit hours towards their degree requirements.
- Price $1,495 ($299 per offering) for verified track. No charge for auditing.
4 offerings and capstone required
36 weeks of course time
- THINK501x: Design Thinking Fundamentals (0 credits)
- THINK502x: Design Thinking: Empathizing to Understand the Problem (0 credits)
- THINK503x: Design Thinking: Ideation, Iteration and Communication (0 credits)
- THINK504x: Design Thinking: Prototyping and User Testing (0 credits)
- THINK525x: Design Thinking Capstone (0 credits)
- The top in-demand skills according to the World Economic Forum include complex problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity and emotional intelligence.
- 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, Campaignlive.co.uk.)
- Career Impact "Autodesk is becoming increasingly aware of the value of Design Thinking as we deepen our design practice, and truly integrate it with engineering, product management, and data analysis. Design methods are helping us better see, understand, and act on our customer’s deeper needs and motivations. Tools for better framing problems, interacting with customers and among teams, and communicating solutions are critical for unlocking the business’s potential for growth and driving value in the world. New hires that have exposure and applied experience with these methods have a leg up." — Adam Menter, Business Architect for Customer Success
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