Introducing the UTS Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Innovation

Public sector organisations are looking for new ways of addressing the challenges of growing complexity, limited resources and high citizen expectations. Design-based innovation is playing an increasingly important role in responding to these challenges. 

The UTS Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Innovation enables professionals working in, and for the public sector to develop their capability to find solutions for the complex problems they face every day.

The first of its kind in Australia, this practical learning programme is aimed at equipping students with a design-based innovation methodology called Frame Creation, developed at UTS. Frame Creation provides a structure for exploring problems creatively and can be used to transform public engagement, practices, services, regulations, policies, organisations and communities. 

Students of this course apply design innovation theory to a project from their own professional practice. The learning environment offers a great opportunity for collaboration and idea-sharing with fellow students. 

The course is offered in part-time mode and takes one year to complete. Now in its second year following a successful inaugural programme, enrolment in this course will soon be open to a Spring Session intake of talented individuals. 


Course Structure:


Why study the Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Innovation?

  • Discover your potential for creative thinking and gain widely applicable skills in design innovation

  • Collaborate with and expand your network of likeminded professionals across the public sector and beyond

  • Apply your learning in a self-selected project situated in your own professional practice

Why sponsor your staff to study?

  • Invest in, and challenge your rising talent

  • Enable passionate staff to be effective transforming policy, programmes, services and organisational culture

  • Explore the opportunity for impact within your own organisation using a design-based problem solving methodology

What can students expect?

  • Complete your study in one year part-time

  • On campus learning in intensive block-mode studios and weekly classes

  • A course framework incorporating peer-based and practiced-based learning


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If you'd like to learn more about the course, we'd love to hear from you. 

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See the course listing on the UTS website for application and enrolment.

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