Professional Certificate in Design Thinking
Refers to the 4 Electives
QF Registration No.
Refers to the 4 Electives
|VPlus Creative Industries|
QF Validity Period
01/09/2019 - 31/08/2026
Early Bird Fee (10%off)
English supplemented with Cantonese
Early bird deadline
2020 Apr 3
*Fees paid are non-refundable and non-transferable unless the course is cancelled.
Design Thinking is a global trend of user-centred innovation and is an approach to creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving. The design process is a structured and iterative outline for identifying challenges, gathering information, generating potential solutions, refining ideas, and testing solutions. The Design Thinking course covers the essentials, its enhancements for practitioners and most importantly the implementation of design thinking for organisations’ professional practice.
What makes this course different?
・ Providing frameworks and methods with strong academic support for learners to design and plan
user-centred innovation projects.
・ Introducing concepts with real-life examples to illustrate the effectiveness of design thinking implementation.
・ Learners will have an opportunity to connect with renowned local and overseas design thinking
practitioners and institutions.
・ Flexible course structure allows learners to pick elective modules in 4 different streams for specialisation after
completing the core modules.
・ Vplus Creative Industries government subsidy scheme is available. Successful applicants can be reimbursed
60% of the tuition fees paid, up to a maximum of HK$36,000.
After completing this programme, you will be able to:
1. Apply design thinking methods into your workplaces
2. Conduct research to understand users’ needs
3. Align your project objectives with users’ needs
4. Create prototypes to test your ideas
5. Present the innovation concepts to stakeholders
Students can obtain one out of the four Professional Certificate by successfully completing the core modules on the fundamentals of design thinking,plus the respective elective modules.
Core Modules | 24hrs
The Core Modules are designed to equip learners the fundamental skills and knowledge of the design thinking, including various models, processes and principles. The course also emphasises on the evaluating, generating and applying effective methods of user-centred innovation and real-life scenarios.
M1: DCD4001Y - Design Thinking Principles (12hrs)
M2: DCD4002Y - User-centred Research for Design (12hrs)
Elective Modules | 48hrs
To choose 1 out of 4 streams from below to obtain the respective Professional Certificate:
PC 1: Professional Certificate in Design Thinking (DE424141C)
QF Level: 4 | QR Registration No.: 19/001118/L4 | Validity Period: 01/09/2019 - 31/08/2026
Elective modules for the Professional Certificate in Design Thinking is designed to meet the need by adopting a think-and-do approach to equip those who are highly interested in innovation and user-centred problem solving methodology in planning an achievable and sustainable initiative especially in social or community project.
M3: DCD4003Y - Design Thinking Ideation Tools (12hrs)
M4: DCD4004Y - User-centred Innovation Project (36hrs)
PC 2: Professional Certificate in Design Thinking in Education (DE424142C)
QF Level: 4 | QR Registration No.: 19/001123/L4 | Validity Period: 01/09/2019 - 31/08/2026
Elective modules for the Professional Certificate in Design Thinking in Education is designed to meet the need by adopting a think-and-do approach to equip educators with the competences of education innovation.
M5: DCD4005Y - Design Thinking in Learning and Teaching (12hrs)
M6: DCD4006Y - Education Innovation Project (36hrs)
PC 3: Professional Certificate in Service Innovation (DE424143C)
QF Level: 4 | QR Registration No.: 19/001128/L4 | Validity Period: 01/09/2019 - 31/08/2026
Elective modules for the Professional Certificate in Design Thinking for Service Innovation is designed to meet the need by adopting a think-and-do approach to equip public service strategists and participants with the competences of human-centric service design.
M7: DCD4007Y - Design Thinking for Service Design (12hrs)
M8: DCD4008Y - Service Innovation Project (36hrs)
PC 4: Professional Certificate in Design Thinking and User Experience (DE424144C)
QF Level: 4 | QR Registration No.: 19/001133/L4 | Validity Period: 01/09/2019 - 31/08/2026
Elective modules for the Professional Certificate in Design Thinking and User Experience (UX) is designed to meet the need by adopting a think-and-do approach to equip UX strategists and designers with the competences of user research and UX innovation.
M9: DCD4009Y - User Journey Mapping (12hrs)
M10: DCD4010Y - User Experience Innovation Project (36hrs)
|Early bird (10% off)*||HK$12,960||
Elective Modules (48hrs)
* No discount for single module enrollments.
- Five HKDSE subjects at Level 2 or above, including English and Chinese Languages, or equivalent; or
- Five HKCEE subjects at Grade E / Level 2 or above, including English and Chinese Languages, or equivalent; or
- Completion of a QF Level 3 programme that is deemed acceptable to the respective Programme Board; or
- Relevant RPL qualification(s) at QF Level 3 or above AND a pass in an entrance assessment, which can be either oral or
- Other relevant verifiable prior learning and/or work experience that is/are deemed appropriate by respective Programme
Board AND a pass in an entrance assessment, which can be either oral or written.
(b) Applicants are required to have at least 1 year relevant working experience.
(c) An interview may also be required on need basis.
Mature applicants, i.e. those aged 21 or above with at least two years’ relevant working experience, can be admitted. Where appropriate, the applicant may be required to pass an entrance assessment, which can be in an oral and/or written form.
Documents Required for Application
1) Completed Application Form (Online)
2) Upload Copy of proof for Academic Qualifications
3) Upload Copy of proof for Working Experience
HKDI reserves the right to make changes to the schedule, course content and advertised course information.