Innovation Through Design Thinking - Online Certificate

Are you a creative or inventive person? Or would you like to be?
Would you like to harness your creativity to solve problems for your company or for society?

Would you like to add design-driven thinking processes to your leadership capabilities?

Boston College Continuing Education’s certificate courses in Innovation Through Design Thinking - Online Certificate aim to introduce participants to design-driven tools and processes to help them imagine, innovate, and solve challenging problems. Beginning with courses that introduce the foundational culture of general human-centered problem solving and social innovation, the intent of this program is to subsequently offer additional courses aligned with specialized disciplines.

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What is Design Thinking?

Design thinking is a structured, process-driven group activity to creatively tackle and solve problems. This collaborative approach can be adopted by anyone, for any industry or situation, to help understand complex challenges and develop innovative solutions using design driven processes. Through a human-centered, inclusive approach, coupled with design and systems thinking methodologies, the Innovation Through Design Thinking - Online Certificate teaching will be strengthened by a global viewpoint and ethical underpinnings. Participants will learn processes and develop skills to solve challenges for various scenarios - at their organizations, in their personal lives, and for the common good.

 Target Audience: Business Professionals, Startup Companies, HR Professionals, Healthcare Professionals, DEI Professionals, Learning and Training Managers, Educators, and anyone interested in design-driven processes to solve problems.


Program Details

Register for both courses and save $99.00!

Part 1: The Foundation Course

Online via Zoom • To be determined
Total Instruction Hours: 6
Instructor: Chōkdee Rutirasiri

Registration coming soon

Course Fee: $299

Registration Deadline:  
To be determined

Course Description:

Would you like to harness your creativity to help solve complex and gnarly problems? Innovation Through Design Thinking: The Foundation Course will help you build a foundation for innovative problem-solving. In this foundational course, we will introduce the framework, mindset, processes, and methods at the core of Design Thinking. 

Participants may attend on their own or with a group. The instructor will have office hours throughout the week for participants’ questions.

Topics and methodologies include:

  1. Being Human-centered: Drive design with human needs, wants, and behavior
  2. User Experience Research: Map human factors that drive innovation 
  3. Divergent Brainstorming: Push the boundaries of generative ideation
  4. Rapid Prototyping: Utilize “Build-To-Learn” design approaches
  5. Systems Thinking: Understand human and social ecosystems, and how everything is connected


Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Design Thinking framework, mindset, and key principles driving it.
  • Articulate the difference between a "Problem Space" and a "Solution Space" to prioritize goals, objectives, and successful outcome.
  • Identify opportunities to utilize Design Thinking and apply it in your own professional environment.


Part 2: Solving Real World Problems

Online via Zoom • To be determined
Total Instruction Hours: 9
Instructor: Chōkdee Rutirasiri

Registration coming soon

Course Fee: $399

Registration Deadline:
To be determined

Course Description:

Please note: Participants should have taken Innovation Through Design Thinking: The Foundation Course above or another foundational course on Design Thinking and have a basic knowledge of its methods and concepts before registering for this course.

Building upon The Foundation Course, in Innovation Through Design Thinking: Solving Real World Problems, participants will work collaboratively in teams to analyze human-centered problems by applying Design Thinking methods and principles. Participants will be encouraged to craft their story, demonstrating their design thinking journey to tackling an issue.

Learning Objectives:

  • Conduct user experience research: Define goals, objectives, pain points, opportunities, and desired outcomes.
  • Frame + define: “What problem are we really trying to solve?"
  • Ideate in a divergent-to-convergent approach.
  • Rapid prototype, test, and iterate solution(s).



Program Testimonials 

  • "I learned a lot and I felt that this course exposed me to new and interesting things to consider using in my personal and professional life."
  • "I very much appreciated the instructor's approach. He was personable, approachable, and made the experience fun."
  • "Great. Interactive. Informative. Insightful."


Certificate Pricing

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General Admission Fees are as follows:

Part 1: The Foundation Course: $299.00

Part 2: Solving Real World Problems: $399.00

Entire Program Fee (Both Courses):  $599.00

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Certificate Information:

To receive a certificate, participants must successfully complete all sessions in a given course.

General Information:

You must be at least 18 years old to participate in the Innovation through Design Thinking - Online Certificate program. All sales are final; we are not able to offer refunds. Registrations may not be transferred to another person or to another course, workshop, or program.

Online registration is required to participate in these sessions. Tuition is to be paid by debit or credit card. Registrations will be processed upon receipt of payment. Payment is due in full in order to enroll.