This graduate-level certificate provides a solid foundation in design thinking and user-oriented problem-solving methods; professional leadership styles and dynamics; motivational strategies; business languages and concepts; and design-business relationships. Students will also be introduced to conceptual strategies, as well as to cognitive and learning theories that lead to successful ideation environments. The program engages students to develop new management and leadership frameworks using a design focus. Students learn strategies for innovating and leading in complex organizations by employing critical thinking, problem-solving, and conceptual skills.
As an online program accessible from anywhere in the world, this certificate is perfect for working professionals seeking to advance in the fields of education or training without leaving their careers. Program highlights include discussions, readings and introspective exercises; an in-depth course in collaboration and the creative design process that focuses on designing for people; observation, documentation and visualization work with a focus on ethnographic research; critical and strategic thinking exercises; and a foundation in writing and presenting.
Leadership for Innovation
ELET 5325(3 Credits)
This course introduces students to professional leadership strategies with a focus on leadership styles, team dynamics, motivational strategies and change management. Theories are investigated to help learners build strong collaboration and effective communication. Emphasis is on understanding new perspectives in leadership and business based on self-awareness, diversity, and engagement and motivation theories for facilitating change in practice and in thought process. Upon completion of the course, students will understand leadership as a component of organizational culture as it forms their own personal leadership styles.
The program is ideally suited to professionals at all levels in the creative, design, business, educational, and entrepreneurial fields who wish to enhance their skills by learning and applying design thinking and user-centered methodologies and principles.
User Experience Designer
Design Project Manager