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“Design thinking relies on our ability to be intuitive, to recognize patterns, to construct ideas that have emotional meaning as well as functionality, to express ourselves in media other than words or symbols.”

Tim Brown
17 Jan 2023
Design Thinking Course


 “Good design thinking was a key reason for Singapore’s successful journey from third world to first, and it will be critical in the country's future transformation, for it to remain an outstanding city in the world.”


Source: Quote by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

Develop Innovative Solutions To Approach Challenges With Design Thinking

Learn the on-linear, iterative process of Design Thinking to understand users, challenge assumptions, redefine problems and create innovative solutions.


  • Professionally Accredited Certificate
  • Beginner-friendly Curriculum
  • 100% Online, Live Guided Learning
  • Complete the Course in Just 4 Lessons
  • Hands-on Application: Build Portfolio with Capstone Project

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Design Thinking Course Fees

Course Fees: S$4,320 w/ 8% GST before subsidy


For Eligible Self-Sponsored / Company-Sponsored:
Nett Course Fees after 70% IBF Subsidy: S$1,520 w/ 8% GST (For Singaporeans that are 40 years old and above, capped at $3,000)


Nett Course Fees after 50% IBF Subsidy: S$2,320 w/ 8% GST (For Singaporeans below 40 years & PRs regardless of age, capped at $3,000)

📌 3 Months (Interest-Free) Instalment Option Available Via Our Payment Partner (PACE) for the remaining 30%/50% of the course fees 📌


All Singaporeans age 25 years old and above can use their SkillsFuture Credit to pay for the remaining $1,520 / $2,320.


For more info on your eligibility, click on the link below.

Lesson 1: Fundamentals Of Design Thinking
  • Course Introduction
  • Why Design Thinking?
  • What Is Design Thinking?
  • How Is Design Thinking Done?
  • Business Case For Design Thinking
  • Fintech Landscape
Lesson 2: The 5 Stages Of Effective Design Thinking – Stage 1: Empathize
  • Introduction To The 5 Stages Of Design Thinking
  • Introduction To Stage 1: Empathize
  • User Research Tools And Techniques
  • Competitive Audit
  • User Interviews
Lesson 3: The 5 Stages Of Effective Design Thinking – Stages 2 & 3: Define & Ideate
  • Introduction To Stage 2: Define
  • Making Sense Of Data With Affinity Maps
  • Creating A Persona
  • Empathizing With Empathy Maps
  • Revising Your Problem Statement
  • Mapping The User Journey
  • Introduction To Stage 3: Ideate
  • How Might Wes, Crazy Eights, Scamper Technique
Lesson 4: The 5 Stages Of Effective Design Thinking – Stages 4 & 5: Prototype & Test
  • Introduction To Stage 4: Prototype
  • Minimum Viable (Lovable) Product
  • Wireframes To Prototype
  • Introduction To Stage 5:Test
  • Testing & Iteration
  • What’s Next? The Product Road Map

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Why is Design Thinking important?

Design thinking has been used to solve business problems at companies like Toyota, Intuit, SAP, and IBM. One reason for the proliferation of design thinking in industries is that it's useful to break down problems in any complex system, be it business, government, or social organizations.

According to data from Emsi Burning Glass, job postings requiring design thinking skills significantly increased from December 2020 to December 2021. Not only are there more jobs requiring design thinking skills, but those that do, offer higher average salaries than those that don’t.

For training programmes commencing between 1 Jul 2022 – 31 Dec 2022 (both dates inclusive):


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S’poreans (below 40 years old) and PR (regardless of age): 70% funding of direct training cost


S’poreans (aged 40 years old and above): 90% funding of direct training cost


The IBF Standards Training Scheme (“IBF-STS”) provides funding for data analytics training in Singapore and assessment programmes accredited under the Skills Framework for Financial Services.


For our training programmes that are accredited under the IBF Standards, eligible Singaporeans & PRs can apply for funding support under the IBF Standards Training Scheme (IBF-STS), subject to all eligibility criteria being met.


Kindly note that from 3 Oct 2022, GST funding support will no longer be applicable for all courses.

Funding of training courses under the Critical Core skills and Future-Enabled skills categories will only be available to locals (Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents) employed in the financial sector (i.e. by financial institutions or SFA certified FinTech firms). For more information on the funding support, please visit IBF website.

For Singaporeans age 25 years old and above, you may use your SkillsFuture Credits to pay for the remaining course fees. A step-by-step guide will be emailed to you to guide you after you sign up.

Yes, the data analytics course is supported under the UTAP program.


Under this program, NTUC members can enjoy up to $250 course fee support (subject to eligibility requirements).

Upon successful completion of this IBF-accredited course, attendees will be awarded a professional certificate for Design Thinking.

The course curriculum is designed for beginners without any relevant background. There will be live guided learning assisted by experienced trainers and training assistants.

Are You Ready For Iterative Process of Design Thinking?