Certificate in Design Thinking

Ready, Set, Innovate

Certificate program starts January 10th - don't miss out.

Fill out the form to receive a program overview and sample pacing guide and connect with a concierge about starting your design thinking journey.

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Forward Thinking is Design Thinking

Darden's expert strategist and design thinking pioneer, Jeanne Liedtka, creates a learning environment in which managers apply the mindset and methods of designers to develop innovative products, processes and business models. This noncredit certificate program is online and self-paced — designed to help you engage a broader group of voices, achieve alignment and consensus, and find workable solutions that people will actually adopt.

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Design Thinking Certificate: Spring 2022

Taught by Darden faculty members who are veteran practitioners of design thinking, the Certificate in Design Thinking includes three project-based programs that open sequentially as you finish each one.

  • Design Thinking Part I: Insights to Inspiration

    Identify a human-centered challenge to solve, focus on the needs of your target audience and determine the insights and tools necessary to come up with an ideal solution.

  • Design Thinking Part II: Ideas to Action

    Learn how to take the ideas you developed in Part I, test them for viability and bring them to market.

  • Discovery Tools

    Learn to use tools from the field of human-centered design to discover how to connect with your customers on a human level, to get beyond what they say and observe what they do.

The next certificate program starts January 10th and is accessible for six months. Complete the form on this page to receive the Program Overview and Sample Pacing Guide.

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