Advanced Design Thinking Certificate

Deepen your design thinking skills and practice

Advance your design thinking skills and have a greater impact through your work with this action-oriented learning experience. We’ve designed this program to help you move from understanding the core concepts of design thinking to practicing and applying these concepts in different scenarios in order to build your confidence to solve complex problems in the real world. Through extended practice, you’ll improve your ability to apply design thinking to your own work.

Certificate Program Outcomes
  • Deepen your understanding of when and how to apply design thinking to complex challenges.
  • Motivate others to think and work more creatively and collaboratively.
  • Apply techniques to help you and your team overcome common barriers to creativity.
  • Showcase your new skills through tangible, real-world project challenges, like an insights report and prototypes of products and services.
Skills You’ll Gain
Customer Insights Prototyping Storytelling
Format 5 Online Courses
Duration 5+ Months
Time 4 Hours/Week

Certificate Program Overview

  1. 1 Complete The Foundations in Design Thinking Certificate

    Start your Advanced Design Thinking certificate by learning the core skills through our two foundational design thinking courses. We recommend starting with Insights for Innovation.

    • Learn to use insights to turn customer needs into human-centered solutions
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    • Learn to prototype, experiment, and iterate to move your ideas forward
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  2. 2 Take Two Advanced Courses

    Take your design thinking practice to the next level by learning how to influence and engage others in the design thinking process. Take in either order.

    • Craft a narrative to motivate and inspire
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    • Exercises to overcome the common barriers to creativity
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  3. 3 Choose One Advanced Elective

    Expand your knowledge by applying design thinking in the context of business and services.

    • Build and test new business ideas
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    • Design the moments that matter
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  4. 4 Receive and Share Your Certificate

    After completing the courses, you’ll receive your Advanced Design Thinking certificate of completion via email as a downloadable PDF within 1-2 weeks of completing the final required course. Certificates are configured for uploading and sharing on LinkedIn.

    Certificate in Advanced Design Thinking from IDEO U

Commonly Asked Questions

  • Course Order
    While courses can be taken in any order, we recommend completing the Foundations in Design Thinking Certificate first.
  • Completion Time
    The program takes 5 months to complete if courses are taken consecutively. However, there is no deadline for certificate completion.
  • Certificate Requirements
    If you've completed any courses in the Advanced Design Thinking certificate program, or if you've previously earned your Foundations in Design Thinking Certificate, all count toward your certificate of completion.
Learn more about program details in our FAQs

Certificate Program Requirements

Certificate Program Requirements

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Frequently Asked Questions

Certificate programs are comprised of multiple courses and typically take 3-6 months to complete. Once you complete all required courses, you will be awarded a certificate of completion. There is no deadline for the completion of the programs and you do not have to purchase all required courses at the same time to be eligible for a certificate.

While you can enroll in multiple courses concurrently, we strongly advise that you do so only if you are able to commit to a minimum of 5 hrs/week for each course (i.e. 10 hrs/week for 2 courses) to ensure the most valuable learning experience. If that does not feel feasible, we recommend taking the courses separately and exploring future dates on our course calendar.

Please make sure to select your desired cohort date for each course from the dropdown menu during checkout.

All of our courses are fully online and self-paced, so you can take them from any time zone, anywhere in the world.

During 5-week cohort courses, your course teaching team will host scheduled virtual community conversations which are optional. Timing will be announced during the first week of the course and is set to accommodate as many time zones as possible. Don’t worry if you aren’t able to make it, as these are purely optional.

Absolutely! We have had many teams go through our courses together with great success. For those taking our courses as a team, we provide a couple of additional benefits:

1. A Team Learning Guide, developed to provide your team with resources to facilitate offline discussion to complement the in-course experience.

2. A Manage Learners function, which provides visibility into your team's progress within the course.

3. The ability to create a private Learning Circle, which is a closed space for discussion on the learning platform specifically for your team.

For more information, visit our Team Learning page.

You can purchase a certificate by enrolling in all the courses associated with that certificate. You can see which courses make up a certificate in the Certificate Program Overview section on all certificate pages. When you click enroll in each cohort course, you will proceed to our checkout where we accept various credit cards, PayPal, or Shop Pay. 

We also offer installment plans which you can select at checkout if you use the Shop Pay method of payment. Available for U.S. learners at the moment.

Loved by Learners Across the Globe

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“I've launched two successful companies as a direct result of IDEO U courses. We use the tools from the courses I've taken on an everyday basis in all of the teams. Human-centered design is a core tenet of our companies and we believe it's one of the most important competitive advantages.”

Pedro Jose Guatemala
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“A couple of colleagues and I started an entrepreneurs network within our organisation. IDEO U courses have basically become the foundation for what we teach. Our hope is that by sharing your human-centered design approach we can see more people designing, launching, and scaling businesses at the intersection of profit and purpose.”

Ben London, UK
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“The experience is so intuitive and attention grabbing. The flexibility is A+ and I feel like a human, not a statistic, when I take a class.”

Jomarie Chicago, IL
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“I was recommended to look for design thinking courses, and my principal told me to do it where it was invented. I am absolutely happy with this decision. The content is super-distilled, the support is wonderful, and there are many opportunities for eye-opening moments.”

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The IDEO U Learning Experience

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Our courses engage you through stories, expertise, and humor. Each lesson has a series of 3-5 minute videos that explain the why, what, and how of a specific topic. Plus we bring everything to life through case studies from around the globe.

Reflect

Our learning experiences have a variety of reflective activities to help you make the connections to your specific work challenges. Reflection is one of the most effective ways to deepen your professional impact.

Try

In order to develop new skills, you need to try them out through repeated practice and exposure to new contexts. Our courses provide opportunities to try out new behaviors online and through real-world projects.

Share

Knowledge is constructed through interaction with others—which is the foundation of our cohort experience. It’s through sharing and discussing with qualified teaching leads and a global peer network that you build greater understanding.

See

Our courses engage you through stories, expertise, and humor. Each lesson has a series of 3-5 minute videos that explain the why, what, and how of a specific topic. Plus we bring everything to life through case studies from around the globe.

Try

In order to develop new skills, you need to try them out through repeated practice and exposure to new contexts. Our courses provide opportunities to try out new behaviors online and through real-world projects.

Reflect

Our learning experiences have a variety of reflective activities to help you make the connections to your specific work challenges. Reflection is one of the most effective ways to deepen your professional impact.

Share

Knowledge is constructed through interaction with others—which is the foundation of our cohort experience. It’s through sharing and discussing with qualified teaching leads and a global peer network that you build greater understanding.