In today’s world, innovations require weaving together the knowledge, theories, and skills of different disciplines. The Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation, jointly offered and administrated by four colleges (College of Engineering, College of Environmental Design, College of Letters and Science – Arts and Humanities Division, and the Haas School of Business), introduces design as the creative and critical means to innovate — to define, to imagine, and to advance a globally just future. This undergraduate certificate program assumes that innovation will not come from any one discipline, but rather from the meaningful integration of methods, technologies, knowledge, and thought from a wide range of different disciplines. As such, the certificate connects the design approaches and disciplines from four schools to ensure that students know how to innovate. The program trains students to take responsibility for the entire life cycle of innovation, from idea to execution and beyond.
The course sequence for the certificate consists of four courses: one foundation, two design skills, and one advanced design. The certificate allows students to take a range of courses outside of their major disciplines to introduce them to, or expand, their context for design. Approved courses include existing courses in a variety of departments as well as newly developed courses in Design Innovation (DES INV). To learn more about the certificate curriculum and how to enroll, visit the BCDI website. If you would like to meet with an advisor to discuss the certificate in detail, you can book an appointment with Tyshon Rogers, the BCDI student services advisor, here. Tyshon is located at 103 Jacobs Hall.