Ideation + Prototyping for Human Centered Design Micro-credential

Building on existing collaborative relationships between OCAD University and the University's industry partners, the Human-Centred Design Micro-Certification Series focuses on key skills in areas of product design and development.

This Micro-Certification is developed in collaboration with Myant Inc. and supported by eCampus Ontario. OCAD U conducted over 30 user interviews with companies working in the start-up space. This market research revealed an explicit need for this specialized training. The challenge in identifying workers with these skills is hindering the development and success of their businesses.

Key to growth of any business in the consumer product space is the ability to ensure these products are effectively designed to meet the needs of real people. The application of these skills to multiple industry contexts will be informed by an understanding of equity, decolonization, diversity and inclusivity.

Ideation + Prototyping is the second micro-credential in the Human-Centred Design Series. This Micro-Credential consists of one intensive course that builds on the observations and research gathered in the Empathy + Social Insight for Human-Centred Design Micro-Credential. Participants will develop a digital or physical prototype in response to the complex challenges and opportunities at the intersection of design, technology, and social theory.

This stackable micro-credential can be applied towards the User Experience (UX) Design and Development Certificate.

This course is offered in partnership with OCAD University to offer a wide range of courses for enhancing your career expertise in web, design, photography, analytics, and technology.

Working with your OCADU Account

As a student, you will receive an OCAD U user account, which will grant you access to the OCAD U learning management system, called Canvas. Your Canvas account will be enabled one week prior to the start date of your course.

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Certificate Options

Many OCAD U courses can be applied towards a certificate. Explore to learn more.

Note that students seeking a certificate must register with OCAD U via the APPLY link on the page for the certificate concerned.

Contact for questions concerning certificates available or to confirm your chosen set of courses will qualify.

Learning Outcomes

  • The ability to describe and embed the design principles of why, where, and how to use these skills
  • The ability to describe and embed the cycle of user research to iterate/validate ideas
  • The ability to embed iterative design around constraints
  • Design thinking
  • Create storyboards, flows, visual design
  • Plan for inclusive and accessible design
  • Present design concepts to the team, then discussing and integrating feedback
  • Conduct user testing, collect feedback, apply new findings to update assumptions
  • Transversal (Cross-domain) Attitudes and Skills
  • Trans-disciplinary collaboration to co-create a single design
  • Inclusive and accessible practices and articulation of their value
  • Emotional Intelligence to inform user focused design
  • Iterative problem solving
  • 6 online classroom sessions
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Course Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum of 80% class attendance per course Instructors assess the student’s work and issue a pass or fail grade (student must receive a passing grade to qualify for the micro-credential). Regular access to a computer with a high-speed broadband internet connection is required.


Course Cancellations

Please note that courses may be cancelled at any time due to low enrolment. Upon cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund.

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