Advanced Design Thinking, CERT

for the Campus Graduate Certificate in Advanced Design Thinking

school director: Alan Mette

associate director & director of graduate studies: Laurie Hogin

graduate studies advisors:

MA; PhD in Art History: Lisa Rosenthal

MA; EdM; PhD in Art Education: Laura Hetrick

MFA in Studio: Ryan Griffis and Emmy Lingscheit

MFA in Industrial Design: David Weightman

MFA in Design for Responsible Innovation: Molly Briggs

admissions: Ellen de Waard

overview of grad college admissions & requirements:

school website: School of Art + Design

school faculty: Art + Design Faculty

college website: College of Fine & Applied Arts

department office: 138 Art and Design Building, 408 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820

phone: (217) 333-0642

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Design Thinking provides an intensive introduction to the use of high-level design thinking in human centered design practice. Design thinking is now widely recognized as having application across a broad spectrum of professional, industrial, business and social sectors.

The Campus Graduate Certificate provides a project based practical experience in the application of design thinking methodologies in researching human needs and generating design proposals in response to identified opportunities. You will use a variety of research, analysis, ideation, prototyping and communication techniques in these projects.

The program involves study alongside students in the Master of Fine Arts in Art + Design, concentration in Industrial Design and forms the bulk of the first semester of that program. This enables students who graduate from the Campus Graduate Certificate in Advanced Design Thinking to use those credits towards an MFA ID or other graduate qualification in Industrial Design.

Graduate Degree Programs in Art & Design

Art & Design, MFA


Design for Responsible Innovation, Industrial Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture

specialization: New Media

Art Education, EdM

Art Education, MA

Art Education, PhD

Art History, MA

Art History, PhD

Art History Minor

for the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Design Thinking

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75

Minimum hours required for certificate completion: 12 hours

Students who have successfully completed this certificate may use the certificate courses to satisfy the following degree requirements, provided they apply and are admitted to the degree program:

12 hours of required studio coursework for the Master of Fine Arts in Art + Design, concentration in Industrial Design.

ARTD 501Industrial Design I6
ARTD 502Industrial Design II6
Total Hours12