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Key Info

  • Course CodeCR_BDEIS_8
  • Field of StudyDesign Studies
  • Type of CourseCertificate
  • Type of QualificationSpecial Purpose Award
  • Type of Study Part time
  • Application Closing Date
  • Duration3 months
  • Level8
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus
  • Fees

    €1,250

The Certificate in Designing Innovative Services is a one semester (three months) part-time programme that is designed to provide the knowledge, skills and confidence required to work in the area of service design. The course will introduce the student to design thinking skills and to the key tools and methodologies for development of services. 
 

 


Course fee: €1,250

Duration and Delivery

4 Full Saturdays  (on CIT Bishopstown Campus)
13 Tuesday evenings online

 

Course commences September 2019 with another intake likely in February 2020.

 

The Certificate in Designing Innovative Services is a one semester (three months) part-time programme that is designed to provide the knowledge, skills and confidence required to work in the area of service design. The course will introduce the student to design thinking skills and to the key tools and methodologies for development of services. 

 

The industry-focus of the programme coupled with the applied nature of teaching provides a practical bedrock of knowledge and experience which can be used to immediate effect in designing services in any type of organisation. Participants will develop their analysis and design skills.  On completion of this program they will be attractive as potential designers of services across a range of industries.  In particular these skills would be useful for those working within the local government arena where there is established demand.

 

The programme is structured to support those in full time employment. The first module Seminar Series in Design Thinking will be delivered online weekly. The second module Design Thinking for Services will have lectures with the theory content delivered online and the workshops will be delivered over 4 Saturdays.  The workshops will be the more practical element of the course requiring students to use the tools and methodologies. The students will be able to use real world cases from their workplace for the applications of the tools and methodologies. 

 

The programme will balance real world experience from experienced practitioners in the field who will present on the seminar series with supported learning on practical skills during the workshop sessions.

 

The seminar series module will use reflective journals for assessment. The other module will require students complete a project in service design incorporating information gathering, analysis and prototype development. This project can be from the student’s own workplace.

 

Award

Certificate in Designing Innovative Services (Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications).

This programme is open to students from any discipline and the following entry criteria will normally need to be met:

  • A H2.2 (or equivalent) in an Ordinary Degree in any discipline.
  • Candidates without a Level 7 qualification must be able to demonstrate sufficient relevant experience to be considered for entry.
  • A Personal Statement must be provided by the applicant demonstrating interest or competence in design thinking and or service design.
  • Where required, candidates may be shortlisted and required to attend for interview.
  • An IELTS of 6.5 (or equivalent) will be requested of non-EU students where deemed appropriate by the HOD.
Design Thinking for Services

Detailed module information here


This module aims to provide students with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to support the execution of a design thinking approach for the design of services. The modules addresses the role of team members, approaches for understanding users, research methods, prototyping, and presentation of findings.
 

Schedule for the Design Thinking for Services module
4 Saturday workshops

Week 1: Saturday 21st September
Week 2: Saturday 12th October
Week 3: Saturday 2nd November
Week 4: Saturday 23rd November

 

Design Thinking Seminar Series

Detailed module information here

This module uses an innovative approach to explore the state of the art relating to design thinking from a variety of perspectives. Speakers from diverse organisations will present a series of guest lectures on overarching challenges and students will be tasked with reflecting on integrated problems across societal, environmental and business areas. The module provides students with critical insight into implementing service innovation strategies across a range of service and organisational contexts.

 

€1,250

Course Details

Part-time Information

  • All part-time programmes at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.
  • Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2019-2020 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only.
  • Registration fees for professional bodies etc. are payable separately to these institutions. Students will be notified of their fees by email to their CIT email account and in all cases, course fees must be paid before attending lectures.
  • Some candidates may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning based on previous academic or work experience. If you think you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning, please check out www.cit.ie/rpl

For more information on fees, please visit www.cit.ie/fees/students/parttime

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