Welcome to the Design Thinking Executive Program at University of California Riverside Extension
Today’s competitive and dynamic landscape requires individuals and firms to re-imagine how they approach business. Solving complex problems often involves a multi-disciplinary team working collaboratively, combining both creative and analytical approaches. Design Thinking employs a set of methods and corresponding mindsets, promoting a human-centered approach to innovation. This process concentrates on a rigorous means of understanding human behavior to generate deep insights, articulate needs and desires, develop design solutions, then critique and test those solutions.
The Design Thinking Executive Program at University of California Riverside Extension focuses on innovative thinking as a means of designing products and services. You will learn new ways to manage complexity, serve human needs, and create sustainable products benefiting both people and businesses alike. Throughout the program, you will be guided by professional designers and educators who are experts in their field. The project-based, interdisciplinary curriculum will break you into small teams, building projects from beginning to end. Our format is designed to train and develop your technical and analytical skills, as well as the Design Thinking leadership insights you will need to move innovation initiatives forward within your organization.
Why Design Thinking?
Design Thinking employs a set of methods and mindsets to promote a human-centered approach to innovation. It is a strategy for creating a differentiated, competitive advantage that few can match. No other Design Thinking program delivers like UCR Extension.
The Design Thinking Executive Program at UCR Extension is offered as a hands-on, 4-day immersion program or an 8-week online program. Learn to apply principles that drive innovation using techniques developed by top firms, while our instructors experts guide you through every step.
What other's are saying...
So glad to have got the opportunity to complete the Design Thinking program. The course structure and flow were excellent. All the speakers did a fantastic job. Having real world videos on design thinking process was powerful to further emphasize the concepts. The exercises on ideation, hands on prototyping, and validation were impactful.
I enjoyed the course and its content. The engagement with course materials and speakers encouraged me to apply Design Thinking concepts on a daily basis. In short, it developed my thinking, challenged my current way of thinking and added value to my interactions with colleagues and reports.
I thoroughly enjoyed the customer experience, journey mapping and ideation portions of the program. These were not exercises that I had gone through previously, but they helped me to become familiar with where my efforts have fallen short on understanding the user experience and I will be taking my learnings back to my work.