The Chartered Society of Designers is to launch a Diploma in Design Business Management through its Design Association arm to help increase the range of business-related services it offers.
As part of a drive to offer designers and consultancies the skills to ‘operate in a global, professional, competitive market’, the Design Association has compiled 12 modules that build on the organisation’s existing courses, but can be combined to create the diploma. Previously, courses have focused on the ‘creative thinking’ aspects of design, according to Design Association business development executive Christina Onesirosan-Martinez (pictured).
‘We have had more requests for business-related courses. We looked at which of our courses were the most popular and built on those to create the diploma,’ says Onesirosan-Martinez.
The first module launches on 26 October and the first examinations are scheduled for this time next year. Each module will carry points towards Continuing Professional Development, which are also required by a consultancy to secure Design Association accreditation. The modules will be taught and examined by external tutors and require between one and three days’ study.
The Design Business Association already offers CPD-attributable training courses for its 350 members, covering management and professional practice. The Design Association did not examine the content of the Design Business Association courses when compiling the diploma, says Onesirosan-Martinez (pictured). The use of the term ‘diploma’ was approved by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.