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Digital Futures and Innovation - Professional Diploma - UL@Work

Course Details

Available: Part- Time

Duration: 8 week summer school

Award: Postgraduate

Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Minor Award

Faculty: Kemmy Business School

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

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Brief Description

The UL @ Work Digital Futures and Innovation (DFI) is an immersive 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. Learners will engage in mission-orientated learning to couple their academic work with deeper purpose towards realising sustainable futures across society, markets and technology.

The learning environment will be studio based and will incorporate both physical and digital/virtual studio learning environments. Building on existing work in the development of digital collaborative tools, the DFI  will develop a bespoke studio based digital learning environment, using a range of available tools including  (but not limited to)  MS Teams, Miro, Twitter,  and other social media. These tools enable a range of work practices vital in a successful studio learning environment,  including  visualization,  text, and video communications, and readily sharing of resources by learners themselves.  In this setting the learner’s  virtual  working environments  become  proximate  and a community of learners can be created.  DFI  will mainstream a transdisciplinary studio-based approach, in an innovative hybrid learning environment, across business, and STEAM. Transdisciplinary approaches advocate a focus on societally relevant problems, enabling mutual learning processes among participants aiming at creating knowledge that is solution-oriented and socially robust  (Lang et al 2012). The DFI actively foregrounds learner attributes or competencies, where curriculum is organised around skill competencies that can be used in many contexts over the course of a lifetime, rather than around traditional academic disciplines. Learners will also declare a mission and couple their academic work with the deeper purpose fuelling it (UNSDGs). This we refer to as purpose or mission orientated learning. The goal is to accelerate UL’s transformative contributions to the world by grounding the leaner experience in personal, shared and deeply felt meaning and purpose. The DFI fosters methods that put learners in the “driver seat”, allowing them to shape their own learning journeys and goals while actively developing the following attributes.

On successful completion of this programme, the graduate will be able to:

  • Apply their disciplinary knowledge/know how in complex situations and appreciate and how it functions at the boundary with other disciplines in realising possible futures.
  • Critically engage with and apply the following transdisciplinary perspectives: Futures Studies (Strategic Foresight), Transition Design and Designing Market Futures.
  • Collaborate in multidisciplinary teams in a dynamic, virtual environment. Actively involve citizens, stakeholders and 'silenced' or marginalised groups and mediate between different interests
  • Design and develop solutions for leading digital change in organisations. Engage with core disciplinary materials, models, theories, synthesised and applied meaningfully (Subject Competence);
  • Materialise ideas, share, take corrective action and iterate work within the team (Action Competence);   Identify and successfully enrol skill mentor and stakeholder networks (Relationship Competence);
  • Learn independently, to make a sense of and act within ambiguous situations and uncertainty (Change Competence).
  • Set learning goals, define pace and needs, attract and create necessary learning resources.

Applicants are normally expected to hold a primary honours degree in a cognate (related) discipline, (minimum H2.2), or equivalent and have at least 5 years of relevant industrial experience.

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
Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of 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.
- 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
    • English language competency certificate

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EU:€3,500, Non-EU: €4,750 

For information on funding and scholarships please click here.

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