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  • Design Leadership for Business

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    Continuing and Professional Education 
    66 West 12th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    Tel: 212.229.8933

  • This online course of study immerses you in design thinking methodologies, enabling you to address business challenges across industries. Equipped with a new perspective, our students lead innovation and implement creative strategies in a range of professional capacities.

    • Format Online
    • Price $2,885
    • Total Courses 5
    • Course Length 6 weeks or less

  • Courses

    Design Thinking Fundamentals

    This course covers every element of the design thinking approach. It equips you to understand multidimensional problems, uncover hidden needs, and develop innovations that address those needs.

    Economic and Cultural Context of Design

    Round out your knowledge of design methods with an understanding of the contexts in which these approaches are deployed.

    Design and Innovation for Sustainable Business

    This course equips design leaders with the tools needed to examine the social and environmental implications of design. Students draw on case studies and discussions to develop approaches to sustainable design leadership.

    Design Leadership and Management

    Explore theory and methods — as well as practices such as project management and business modeling — for turning ideas into reality.

    Futures and Foresight

    This class equips design leaders with futures thinking, forecasting skills, and scenario design techniques, so that they can simulate and plan for uncertainty.

  • “New and innovative ways of thinking are required to be effective in business and life.”

    — Jacqueline Hastings, Design Thinking Fundamentals student

  • Program Highlights

    Who Should Enroll

    • Professionals interested in a design-led approach to devising business solutions
    • Intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs looking to transform their business practices with creative solutions
    • Professionals who want to integrate risk taking and innovation into their leadership and management roles

    What You’ll Gain

    • Ways of designing innovative business models that turn sustainability challenges into competitive advantages
    • Interview and observation techniques for incorporating user behavior into research
    • The ability to prototype using simple materials, tools, and skills

    How You’ll Learn

    • Engaging video lectures and interviews with industry experts
    • Direct interaction with faculty practitioners at the top of their fields
    • Online collaboration and video conferencing 
    • Project-based learning focused on developing real-world skills and portfolio assets
    • Flexibility to review course content and complete assignments at any time
  • Why The New School?

    The professional landscape as we’ve known it has changed dramatically, and ongoing learning is more important now than ever before. At The New School, we champion every student’s creativity and growth. By combining integrated disciplines with collaborative problem solving, we deliver an immersive, transformative learning experience. With the leadership of Parsons School of Design — ranked #1 in the United States* — our faculty imparts the critical expertise students need to advance their careers or pivot to new ones in a constantly evolving world.

    *Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings (2020).

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