Executive Education

Design and Design Thinking

8 weeks
8 weeks
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Course description

Design and Design Thinking

Design and Design Thinking is an introductory short course in design delivered by the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, which allows for theory and practice to be implemented in a wide range of educational practices.

Learn about the role and skills of the designer, and examine the processes and perspectives they use to develop designs and designed artefacts which can be applied across a wide range of learning environments.

Suitability - Who should attend?

n order to be eligible for the Design and Design Thinking Postgraduate Micro-credential short course, you will need to possess (or be predicted to obtain) an upper second-class degree or equivalent from a UK university or recognised international institution.

You may also be eligible to apply with a lower second class degree plus 2 years’ work experience in design, computing or education, or no degree plus 5 or more years’ work experience in the above areas.

Standard English language requirements also apply. If English is not your first language, you must also have an up-to-date English language test certificate. We accept Academic IELTS certificates with a grade of 6.5 and no less than 6.0 in any band. Other forms of English language certificates are accepted.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Once you have finished this 8-week course, you will be awarded an official University of Birmingham Postgraduate Micro-credential certificate (worth 10 academic credits) and a transcript. You will be able to use these academic credits to apply for advanced entry to the University of Birmingham’s full Online PGCert Design for Learning Environments qualification.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Define the contemporary field of design thinking and critically evaluate its strengths and weaknesses.
  • Explore classic and contemporary philosophies of design, defining design and the designer in your own context.
  • Evaluate and use design and learning frameworks, processes and theory to describe activities and actors involved in the design process from idea to use.
  • Identify and critically evaluate the ethical implications of design and innovation decisions alongside desirability, feasibility and viability.
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT Birmingham West Midlands

University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact...

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