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Design Ethnography Certificate

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    Online Certificate in Design Ethnography

    Complement your degree or advance your career with a flexible online certificate in Design Ethnography. Working with people to create better experiences.


What is Design Ethnography?

Ethnography is the analysis of human behavior based on direct observation, conversation, and interaction in naturalistic, real world settings.

Design is the process of fitting products, services, policies, and organizations to human needs.

Design Ethnography leverages multiple qualitative methods to develop insights into how real people interact with products, services, policies, and organizations. Design Ethnography has both public and private sector uses including human-centered design and user experience/UX research.

The Design Ethnography Certificate introduces you to essential ethnographic skills and ethical principles. The emphasis is on learning through practical exercises, culminating in negotiating, planning, and executing a capstone project that delivers insights to a real world stakeholder. Across the courses, you will develop your social media profile, expand your professional network, and evaluate your skill-set in relation to recent job postings.

Learn more about how Design Ethnography skills take you beyond a major in this Focus magazine article.


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