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Digital Futures and Innovation - Professional Diploma - UL@Work

Course Details

Course Code: PDDFINTFCD

Available: Part- Time

Duration: 8 week summer school

Award: Professional Diploma

Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Major Award

Faculty: Kemmy Business School

Course Type: Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Application Deadline: Sunday, May 8, 2022

Contact(s):

Name:
Sharon Barrett
Email:
sharon.barrett@ul.ie

Brief Description

The UL @ Work Digital Futures and Innovation (DFI) is an immersive full-time 8 week summer school programme targeted at professionals looking for opportunities to be future change agents in their chosen sector.

Designed with industry partners, DFI offers an innovative studio-based learning environment, that enables learners to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes associated with the future of work with a focus on capacitating cross functional and cross disciplinary innovation.

This course is for the new style of thinker who wants to take an active role in enabling their organisation to adapt and strategize for a better future.

Download the Course Information Sheet here

This course is suitable to any learner who aims to take an active role in enabling their organisation to adapt and strategize a better future. The programme is particularly suited to future facing roles or those wishing to move into future facing roles (e.g., foresight, sustainability).

During the Digital Futures and Innovation Professional Diploma, learners will engage in activities that infuse their academic learning with the deep purpose of realising sustainable purpose across society, markets, and technology.

This unique professional expert-led and industry driven diploma presents a transdisciplinary perspective on capacity, freedom and requirement to change.

Upon completion you will be able to deploy an array of critical tools involving cross-sectoral foresight, systems thinking and market innovation to identify global trends, leverage uncertainties and deploy bold solutions becoming an embodiment of change.

The diploma provides learners with an opportunity to demonstrate independent and self-determined learning through the creation of their individual digital futures portfolio.

The 8-week intensive is broken down into three modules and one Futures Portfolio project that runs throughout the duration of the course. There will be 2 hours of Masterclasses per week and 4 hours of workshops. Students should expect to commit 16-20 hours of self-guided and studio time. 

  • Module 1: Futures mindset and competence portfolio: Enables learners to deepen their understanding of the futures mindset and how they embody change.
  • Module 2: Strategic Foresight and Systems Change: Equips learners with the ability to understand complex change.
  • Module 3: Designing Market Futures: Considers methods to intervene to address 'wicked' problems faced in contemporary markets and society, including, climate change, resource depletion, privacy and transparency, and many others.
  • Future Portfolio: This module provides learners with an opportunity to demonstrate independent and self-determined learning through the creation of their individual portfolio. The portfolio includes a range of activities that enable the learner to demonstrate: the development of their reflective practice, evidence-based excellence in applying discipline specific knowledge in different contexts, and leading discussion on the future of their respective discipline

Download the Course Information Sheet for more detail on the modules

Applicants are normally expected to hold a primary honours degree in a related discipline, or equivalent and have at least 5 years of relevant experience. We would also ask that applicants outline their suitability and interest in the course.

The course admission team may interview applicants at their discretion as part of the admission process.

Alternative Entry Route:

Candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria may be considered in accordance with the University's policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning. These candidates will be required to submit a portfolio to demonstrate their technical and/or management experience. Alternative Entry Route applicants will be required to undertake an interview and satisfy the course admission team that they have the experience, motivation and ability to complete and benefit from this course.

What to Include with your Application

  • Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number.)
  • Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.
  • A copy of your most recent CV.

English Language Requirements:

Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language requirements if your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:

  • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts

AND

  • English language competency certificate

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EU:€3,500, Non-EU: €4,750 

For information on funding and scholarships please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable to any learner who aim to take an active role in enabling their organisation to adapt and strategize a better future. The programme is particularly suited to future facing roles or those wishing to move into future facing roles (e.g., foresight, sustainability).

Will I be able to do this course while I work?

The study commitment is full time and flexible for a short period of 8 weeks. It is possible to complete this course while working full time however we do recommend that learners request study leave if possible.

What types of roles will they be working in before?

Anyone involved in strategic planning, innovators, engineers, technical thought leaders, marketers, planners, consultants, entrepreneurs, designers, IT professionals, public servants, policy makers.

In general terms any role than informs strategic decision-making and change management

What software/ programmes will I be using?

MS Teams, virtual collaborative tools such as Miro

Do I need to have access to any tools?

No all tools to be used are available via the internet