Program Details

Learn to use and apply design thinking and participatory design process to co-create solutions to challenges faced by local residents Expand your resume, portfolio and yourself with international, impactful experience Work in multi-disciplinary teams an
Location:
Quepos, Costa Rica
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Graduate
Term:
MayMester Intersession, Spring Semester, Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

This unique certificate course offered by OCAD University is an opportunity for students to delve into the world of social innovation design while traveling abroad in beautiful Quepos, Costa Rica, for 10 days. Through direct community engagement, students will use design thinking and the participatory design process to co-create solutions to challenges faced by local residents.

Working in multi-disciplinary teams, students will apply lessons in the field to hands-on activities that will lead to the design of robust solutions. Overnight and day trips as well as a variety of enriching activities throughout the 10 days will allow students to be fully immersed in the local culture.

This course is open to students, with or without prior design experience, who are passionate about creating social change and learning to use design as a tool for social innovation. Students from any discipline are encouraged to apply and bring to the team their unique knowledge, skillset, and love for traveling off the beaten path.
 

Cost:
2,599 USD. Tuition: $3,499 Canadian Dollars + TAX (13%) + $382 CAD optional Weekend Trip $2,599 U.S. Dollars + TAX (13%) + $298 USD optional Weekend Trip (USD total is dependent on exchange rate on the day of payment) *Included in the cost of this course, is a $500 Canadian tax-deductible donation that will assist eligible students participate in a similar credit course abroad as part of their undergraduate studies at OCAD University. Tuition for the Social Innovation Design Certificate: Costa Ric

Additional Program Information

Requirements:
The course is open to anyone with an undergraduate degree or equivalent. Students, with or without prior design experience, are encouraged to apply. The course is designed for people who are passionate about creating social change and learning to use design as a tool for social innovation. Students from any discipline are encouraged to apply and bring to the team their unique knowledge, skillset, and love for traveling off the beaten path. You are asked to submit a short essay. After registering for the course, submit a 250-word essay describing why you want to be part of the course and how you see yourself contributing to a team of fellow students and community-based co-designers. This allows us to learn more about you and your interests in the course.

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