RMIT Online aims to train hybrid designers


By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Friday, 28 January, 2022

RMIT Online aims to train hybrid designers

RMIT University’s RMIT Online has teamed up with global visual communications platform Canva to create three courses aimed at training hybrid designers.

The three human-centred design courses are targeted at students and mid-career designers. They provide participants with hands-on capabilities in design thinking, user experience and prototyping, in order to help them develop the strong technical skills and knowledge of design-thinking principles that employers are increasingly demanding.

“Our market research identified that most organisations have designers who can work on the tools and execute on a design brief, but businesses are looking for designers who can step back and make sure they are solving the right problems,” RMIT Online product director Li Tan explained.

“Design is more than just a skillset. It’s a way of thinking and we’ve developed programs that teach students both the theory and the practical skills to develop that.”

The courses comprise the programs of the university’s new Graduate Certificate in UX Design and the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Digital Product Design. As well as Canva, RMIT Online partnered on the design of these programs with Symplicit, REA Group and Accenture Interactive’s Fjord.

One of the main goals of the Graduate Certificate in UX Design is to help designers address challenges related to balancing a deep exploration of product, service and experience with the organisational and commercial realities of the design industry.

Collectively, the educational material is designed to give graduates the capabilities to pursue fast-growing and lucrative careers such as User Experience Researcher and Digital Product Manager.

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