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  • Design Thinking in Practice

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

  • Design thinking has become an indispensable tool that gives organizations an edge — enabling them to develop innovative ideas that meet the needs of end users and serve business goals. Mastering design thinking allows you to create innovation rather than remain a passive observer. Our design thinking program presents concepts in everyday language and illustrates them through relevant case studies.

    • Format Online
    • Price $3,000
    • Total Courses 5
    • Course Length 5 weeks
  • Courses 

    Introduction to Design Thinking

    This course provides an overview of the methods and processes involved in design thinking.

    Understanding End Users Through Research

    Learn about the practice of user-centered research and its connection to design thinking. In this course, you learn how to recruit and coordinate participants, plan and set up research materials, and conduct research.

    Generating New Design Opportunities

    In this course, you learn to use your research to develop recommendations that reveal new opportunities and areas for innovation.

    Design for Non-Designers

    This course focuses on helping students without any prior visual design skills develop and validate designs through user testing.

    Design Thinking: Practice Workshop

    This hands-on workshop gives students an opportunity to implement the skills they have learned, discussed, and practiced in the previous courses to address a real business challenge. Students also work on their first project, which can be included in their portfolios.

  • “Relying on just expertise to solve problems is definitely one way to do it, but it’s only one way. I think when you have expertise and you combine it with creativity, it becomes a very powerful weapon.”

    —Jerome Goh, veteran practitioner of design thinking and Design Thinking in Practice Certificate coordinator

  • Program Highlights

    Who Should Enroll

    • Anyone who wants to embrace innovation to advance their group or organization
    • Individuals who want to understand how to better work with colleagues with expertise in design thinking
    • Professionals who want to employ creativity and empathy to solve complex problems
    • Individuals who want to augment their skills with empathy, creativity, and problem-solving capacities

    What You’ll Gain

    • An understanding of the background, methodology, and relevance of design thinking
    • The ability to employ user research to develop design strategies
    • The skills needed to integrate user insights into an effective design strategy
    • Methods for implementing design thinking in your work
    • An understanding of how to employ design thinking effectively
    • The ability to advocate for design thinking in the workplace

    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 in small classes, supported by video conferencing
    • Project-based learning focused on developing real-world skills and portfolio assets
  • 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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