Launching new Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovations

In today’s world, innovations require weaving together the knowledge, theories and skills of different disciplines. This Certificate introduces design as the creative and critical means to innovate — to define, to imagine, and to advance a globally just future.

The Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation 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 (College of Engineering, College of Environmental Design, College of Letters and Science – Arts and Humanities Division, and the Haas School of Business) 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 Design Innovation Certificate allows you to take a range of courses outside your discipline that introduces you to, or expands, your context for design. The courses include existing courses in a variety of departments as well as newly developed courses in Design Innovation (denoted by the DES INV course designation). Since not all DES INV courses satisfy requirements of the Certificate, students are advised to check the official listing of approved Certificate courses.

The current academic advisors include: Renee Chow (CED, Chair), Eric Paulos (CoE), Sara Beckman (Haas), and Kristen Whissel (A+H).”