Design drives innovation, creating new value and markets, and offering a human-centred approach to tackling societal challenges.

A workforce that is skilled in design can play an instrumental role in enabling our companies to remain competitive through innovation amid industry transformation.

The SIT Postgraduate Certificate in Design Strategy and Innovation (PGCert DSI) seeks to fill the industry need for design innovation training that is hands-on and applicable to current industry needs without being merely theoretical. Candidates do not need to be from the design industry. In fact, candidates who are experts in a particular field can be equipped with these transferrable principles and tools of design strategy and innovation.

The modules can be taken individually or stack towards a PGCert DSI, worth 3 credits for non-core modules, and 12 credits for the core module.

Haja Mydin
"This course opened my understanding of design thinking, which is applicable to real life."
Warren Teh
Attended DSI6101 Introduction to Experience Design
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Modules Available

Modules are stackable towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Design Strategy and Innovation. They can also be taken individually.

Candidates will be awarded an PGCert DSI if they pass the core module (DSI6000) and 4 modules totalling 24 credits with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of ≥ 2.5.

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline
  • Other candidates may be admitted on a case-by-case basis upon evaluation by the course director

    Core Module

    You are required to complete the following core module.

    Code Module Credits
    DSI6000 Company Applied Research Design Studio (CARDS) 12

    The above module is subsidised by SkillsFuture Singapore.


    You are required to complete any 4 modules from Design, Business, Technology, and Strategy.

    Design Modules

    Code Module Credits
    DSI6101 Introduction to Experience Design 3
    DSI6102 Service Design with Serious Play 3
    DSI6103 Healthcare Design Thinking and Personal Leadership 3
    DSI6104 Participatory Design: Co-Designing with Citizens 3

    Business Modules

    Code Module Credits
    DSI6201 Creative Entrepreneurship 3
    DSI6202 Business Testing through Lean Startup 3
    DSI6203 Language of Business for Designers 3
    DSI6204 Negotiation: Say No to Free Design 3

    Technology Modules

    Code Module Credits
    DSI6301 Design for Future Technologies 3
    DSI6302 Foresighting and Horizon Scanning 3
    DSI6303 Copywriting and Creative Communication 3
    DSI6304 Sustainable Innovation 3
    DSI6305 Making Ideas Tangible – Tech Experience Prototyping 3

    Strategy Modules

    Code Module Credits
    DSI6401 Cultural Brand Strategy 3
    DSI6402 Authentic Branding for Next Generation Consumer 3
    DSI6403 Systems Thinking and Scenario Planning 3
    DSI6404 Effective Advertising on a Small Budget 3
    DSI6405 Strategic Creativity 3

    The above modules are subsidised by SkillsFuture Singapore.


    Certificate and Assessment

    A Certificate of Participation for each module will be issued to candidates who

    • Attend at least 75% of each module; and
    • Undertake non-credit bearing assessment during the module

    A Certificate of Attainment for each module will be issued to candidates who

    • Attend at least 75% of the module; and
    • Undertake and pass credit bearing assessment during the module