The (SCTP) Programme in Design Innovation held over three to four months is based on the Company Applied Research Design Studio (CARDS), an applied learning and research module established to investigate specific issues in a company and train individual participants in design innovation skills. During CARDS, companies send teams of individuals to address early-stage challenges, including a complex balance of user desirability, business feasibility, and technical feasibility.
The company sponsors these problem areas with slightly defined problem areas. The problem areas are then analysed to reach more accurately defined problem questions. These issues are addressed during the programme. This method aims to avoid constant traps in predefined solutions looking for undefined problems. In this course, solutions are often omni-channel, multi-layered. The solution focuses on the cyclical experience of stakeholders, users, or customers. These applicable solutions include, but are not limited to, business models, immersive spatial environments, and digital interfaces. Through multiple consultations with various experts, the innovation project team triangulates a set of solutions. This programme is cross-industry and applies if there is an interface between people and organizations. Because the program is based on the principles of design thinking and innovation, the CARDS programme provides a studio environment for identifying challenges in each industry. In short, CARDS is associated with all service-based sectors.
This programme equips mid-career individuals, including those employed, to transition their careers in all sectors.

This course is offered under the SkillsFuture Career Transition Programme.

Teaching Team

What You’ll Learn

  • Ideate in a disciplined manner and communicate these ideas via various forms of low to mid resolutions
  • Customise business strategies with multiple stakeholder networks in consideration
  • Identify zero-dollar solutions and explore cross-industry opportunities
  • Understand the impact of technology adoption on human experiences and touch points

Who Should Attend

Self-sponsored, mid-career individuals who wish to improve employability and pivot to new sectors or job roles.



  • Applicants should possess a relevant formal education in any discipline
  • Applicants may be subjected to a prequalification interview prior to admission to the course

Certificate and Assessment

A Certificate of Participation will be issued to participants who:
  • Attend 75% of the course
  • Undertake non-credit bearing assessment (during course)

A Certificate of Attainment for each module will be issued to participants who:

  • Attend at least 75% of each respective module; and
  • Participants who pass the Continuous Assessment

About the SkillsFuture Career Transition Programme

The SkillsFuture Career Transition Programme (SCTP) supports mid-career individuals in acquiring industry-relevant skills to regain and improve employability in new sectors or job roles. 

Self-sponsored, mid-career individuals will receive career advisory support from SITLEARN Professional Development to enhance employment prospects upon programme completion. 


Duration Information
9 Apr 2023, 2359hrs Registration closes
10 Apr 2023 onwards Interviewing of participants
4 May - 27 Jul 2023 Programme commences and lessons are scheduled every Thursday:
  • 4 May
  • 11 May
  • 25 May
  • 1 Jun
  • 8 Jun
  • 15 Jun
  • 22 Jun
  • 29 Jun
  • 6 Jul
  • 13 Jul
  • 27 Jul


Category Full Fee After SF Funding
Singapore Citizen (Below 40) $10,700.00 $3,120.00
Singapore Citizen (40 & above) $10,700.00 $1,210.00
Singapore Citizen who meets the additional funding support criteria* $10,700.00 $710.00
Singapore PR / LTVP+ Holder $10,800.00 $3,240.00
Non-Singaporeans Not Eligible Not Eligible
  • All figures include GST.
  • You can opt for either SkillsFuture Funding or Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy. Both cannot be combined.

» Learn more about funding types available

Terms & Conditions:

SkillsFuture Funding

To be eligible for the 70% training grant awarded by SkillsFuture, applicants must:
  • Be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident or LTVP+ Holder
  • Have not received any other funding from government sources in respect of the actual grant disbursed for the programme

SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy

To be eligible for the 90% enhanced subsidy, applicants must:
  • Be a Singapore Citizen
  • Be at least 40 years old
  • Have not received any other funding from government sources in respect of the actual grant disbursed for the programme

*SkillsFuture Additional Funding Support

To be eligible for the 95% additional funding support, applicants must be a Singapore Citizen and meet one of the following criteria:
  • Long-term unemployed individual (unemployed for six months or more); or
  • Person with disabilities; or
  • Individual in need of financial assistance – ComCare Short-to-Medium Term Assistance (SMTA) recipient or Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) recipient. Additionally, they should not have received any other funding from government sources in respect of the actual grant disbursed for the programme.

To be eligible for SSG funding, trainees must attain at least 75% training attendance and pass the associated assessment (i.e. attainment of certification) during the course.

SIT reserves the right to collect the balance of the course fees (i.e. the SSG course fee grant amount) directly from the trainees and/or their sponsoring organisations, where applicable, should the above requirements not be fulfilled by the trainee.

SIT reserves the right to make changes to published course information, including dates, times, venues, fees and instructors without prior notice.

Course Series

The (SCTP) Programme in Design Innovation is based on the Company Applied Research Design Studio (CARDS) offered in the Modular Certification Course – Design Strategy and Innovation.

Participants may choose to stack the module towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Design Strategy and Innovation upon completion of (SCTP) Programme in Design Innovation. 

Core Module

  • DSI6000 Company Applied Research Design Studio (CARDS)

Elective Modules (Design Modules)
  • DSI6101 Introduction to Experience Design
  • DSI6102 Service Design with Serious Play
  • DSI6103 Healthcare Design Thinking and Personal Leadership
  • DSI6104 Participatory Design: Co-Designing with Citizens

Elective Modules (Business Modules)
  • DSI6201 Creative Entrepreneurship
  • DSI6202 Business Testing through Lean Startup
  • DSI6203 Language of Business for Designers 
  • DSI6204 Negotiation: Say No to Free Design

Elective Modules (Technology Modules)
  • DSI6301 Design for Future Technologies
  • DSI6302 Foresighting and Horizon Scanning 
  • DSI6303 Copywriting and Creative Communication 
  • DSI6304 Sustainable Innovation
  • DSI6305 Making Ideas Tangible – Tech Experience Prototyping

Elective Modules (Strategy Modules)
  • DSI6401 Cultural Brand Strategy
  • DSI6402 Authentic Branding for Next Generation Consumer
  • DSI6403 Systems Thinking and Scenario Planning
  • DSI6404 Effective Advertising on a Small Budget
  • DSI6405 Strategic Creativity

There are a total of 19 credit-bearing modules, of which there is one core 12 CR module (DSI6000) and a choice of four out of fifteen 3 CR modules to meet the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Design Strategy and Innovation. Candidates who pass the core module (DSI6000) and 4 elective modules (totalling 24 credits) with a CGPA of ≥ 2.5 will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Design Strategy and Innovation by SIT.

Key Info

Venue SIT@Dover, 10 Dover Drive S138683
Time 01:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Date 04 May 2023 (Thu) to
27 Jul 2023 (Thu)
Register Before: 10 Apr 2023
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