Advanced Studies in Design and Innovation Management Certificate

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What is the Advanced Studies in Design and Innovation Management Certificate?

It's a certificate that can stand alone or fulfill part of a Ferris MBA. It uses design as a business tool, exposing business people to the process of design thinking and teaching designers how to talk business.

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Who is it for?

The certificate is for business and creative professionals who want to expand their way of thinking and differentiate themselves in the marketplace.

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What will I learn?

You'll learn how to promote a culture of innovation and use design thinking to improve your business. Each of the four courses explores design thinking from a different angle.

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How will I benefit?

You'll learn how to promote a culture of innovation with tangible ways to measure the impact of design and innovation on the bottom line. You'll use design thinking to break down boundaries between disciplines and improve products/services, becoming more valuable to your business. You'll be the one who gets it.

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How does the program work?

Several learning formats (online, classroom, individual and group work) are blended to create a flexible learning structure. The majority of the coursework is online, taught by KCAD faculty members. Required on-campus weekend sessions at the beginning and end of each seven-week course are taught by industry leaders, specially selected for their design leadership expertise.

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How does online learning work?

You'll regularly interact with professors and classmates via FSU's web portal and online communication resources like Skype and Google docs.

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Is admission to Ferris' MBA program required?

No. TheAdvanced Studies in Design and Innovation Management Certificate can be taken alone or as part of Ferris' MBA program.


How do I apply for the MBA program?

Those interested in learning more about the Ferris State University MBA program and the application process can visit the online application page.


How do I apply only for the Advanced Studies in Design and Innovation Management Certificate?

You may apply for the certificate only through KCAD online or by downloading a printable application. Both can be found here.


Where are the weekend sessions held?

The weekend sessions are held at KCAD in Grand Rapids, MI. Local community resources are used to provide a design experience and establish context for the course work.


What if I can't make a weekend session?

Because the weekend sessions are critical to the courses, they are mandatory. Please be sure, before enrolling in a course, that you are available on the necessary weekends.