Introduction to Design Thinking

Design thinking is a problem-solving process that focuses on empathy, listening, collaboration, observation, critical analysis, and experimentation to drive innovation. Design thinking can be applied to a wide range of fields from product design to urban planning. This studio/seminar introduces students to design thinking.

Students will work collaboratively to explore real world problems through stages of the design process such as inspiration, ideation, and implementation. Topics include visualization, mapping, storytelling, prototyping, and testing. Students should have access to Adobe Creative Cloud design software to complete assignments.

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 OCAD U 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.

Contact for assistance with using your account.

Certificate options

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

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

  • Students will learn various forms of the collaborative design process
  • Students will learn how to visualize their ideas through mapping, storytelling, prototyping and testing
  • Students will gain the skills needed to foster and drive innovation
  • Students will learn how design can be used as a tool to tackle and address real world problems
Winter 2024
Date & Time:
7 Feb 2024 to 13 Mar 2024
  • 6 online sessions
Instructor: Price:
Registration Deadline:
January 28, 2024

Course Requirements

Basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator is recommended. Students are responsible for purchasing their own supplies. Contact UNBC Continuing Studies about the supply list for your course. Regular access to a computer with a webcam and microphone, high-speed broadband internet connection, and a digital camera or smartphone and is required.


Course Cancellations

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

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