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What is the 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. Read more.

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. Read more.

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. Click here for complete course descriptions.

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. Read more.

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 Kendall 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. Read more.

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. For more detailed information, please visit Ferris' website, or find answers to the most frequently asked online learning questions here.

Is admission to Ferris' MBA program required?

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

How do I apply for the MBA program?

You can apply online here, or download a printable PDF.

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

You may apply for the certificate only through Kendall, by downloading an application here, and faxing it to the Admissions department at 616 831.9689 or by mailing it to: Admissions / Kendall College of Art and Design / 17 Fountain NW / Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Where are the weekend sessions held?

The weekend sessions are held at Kendall College of Art and Design 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.

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