Design for Manufacturing Innovation Certificate Program (DfMI)

October 13, 2017 - January 27, 2018
A customized, blended learning experience for Manufacturing Leaders

Manufacturing leaders manage complex challenges every day – shifting markets, cumbersome processes, inefficient systems and operations, expensive new product/project investment – in order to build efficient, competitive and innovative companies.

But in the speed of daily work, it can be difficult to see what innovation can look like at your company, where it can develop and how you can advance it.

Developed in collaboration with experienced manufacturers, designers and business leaders, the Design for Manufacturing Innovation Certificate Program teaches a design based approach and applicable methods for uncovering new business opportunities, developing strategic growth plans and creating a sustainable, innovation-focused culture.


Learn from experienced design innovators and manufacturing peers to see your markets, customers, products, capabilities and opportunities in new ways, and develop the leadership skills that foster innovation in your company today.


WHO: For senior leaders and managers in the defense manufacturing sector

WHAT: Certificate program to advance skills in strategy, innovation and diversification

WHEN: Schedule is designed to meet manufacturers’ needs, through onsite intensive weekend courses, independent online assignments and peer learning – October 2017 Curriculum Map

WHERE: Rhode Island School of Design campus and online

COST: FREE to qualifying manufacturers* in Rhode Island

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*The DfMI Certificate Program is piloted with funds from a Dept. of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment grant awarded to Commerce RI. Manufacturers with at least 10% of defense-related revenue qualify for free tuition under this funding stream.
Companies that do not meet this threshold can still participate and are encouraged to apply.
Developed by Rhode Island School of Design Executive Education in collaboration with Polaris MEP and the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association (RIMA), with consultation from national manufacturers, designers and Commerce RI.