The Certificate in Design Thinking is a 3-month course designed to help you develop a new mindset and toolbox for solving organizational and societal challenges.
Description: As leaders, one of the most creative things we can do is gather teams to solve problems. But when our solutions fail to work as expected, it's often because we have failed to clearly understand the needs and desires of the people who will be using the solution. That's where design thinking comes in -- a human-centered, problem-solving process that leads to better products, processes, and services. Unlike most design processes that start with assumptions and move quickly toward a solution, design thinking engages designers in activities to understand and empathize with the mindset of users. It rests on the concept of "learning early to succeed sooner" through experiments, tests, and basic prototypes, thus refining potential solutions until the users' needs are met. With significant experience teaching and implementing design thinking in organizations, Gonzaga University's School of Leadership Studies has designed the Certificate in Design Thinking to help leaders develop a new mindset and toolbox for solving organizational and societal challenges. In this 14-week, online/on-campus course, you'll apply design thinking principles to actual, real-time organizational challenges. Be prepared for a transformative shift in the way you look at everyday problems!
- Understand how design thinking addresses gaps and limitations in current brainstorming and problem-solving practice
- Learn how to shift the mindset of problem-solving from solution-focused to problem-focused, with attention to the user experience.
- Learn how to gather data and interpret insights about users to focus a challenge at hand
- Develop the mindset, skills and tools for more productive brainstorming, prototyping and testing that can be applied to real-life challenges.
The course is primarily online (approximately 3-5 hours a week), with a 2-day immersion on Gonzaga’s campus. In the case that COVID-19 continues to limit travel, the on-campus component will be substituted by a virtual gathering. Unlike some universities’ online offerings, Gonzaga’s online Certificates courses are highly interactive. The structured curriculum is a balance between independent assignments that you can complete on your own schedule and practical challenges that you’ll complete with classmates.
No more than 20 students per cohort
Fall 2020 course dates: September 2nd – December 11th
-Immersion dates: September 18th - 19th. In the case that COVID-19 continues to limit travel, the immersion will be substituted by a virtual gathering.
-How to enroll: No application required. Students must have 5 years of work experience or a bachelor's degree.
-Immersion dates: February 12th - 13th, 2021 (Tentative)
-How to enroll: No application required. Enroll directly between November 1st, 2020 - December 15th, 2020. Students must have 5 years of work experience or a bachelor's degree.
$2,900 (a special rate for the pilot cohort only) No payment is required at the time of enrollment. Bills will be issued to participants in July.
Upon completion, students receive a transcripted Certificate from Gonzaga University and seven (7) Continuing Education credits.