We Welcome Students of All Majors
Creating something new can feel out of reach, but when you take an Inworks course, the process of innovation is demystified. In our rapid prototyping lab, you can learn to 3D print a plastic component, solder a circuit, or grow a biomaterial. Because it’s important to make things that matter, you’ll learn the human-centered design process; it will guide you as you move from problem to prototype. But don’t expect to do it alone. Inworks is a space that catalyzes meaningful collaboration, and students of all majors will find a place here.
Why collaborate with students of different majors? The hardest problems we face need solutions, which are often found at the intersection of different disciplines. Without people from across the spectrum coming together, those solutions might not be discovered. Also, no matter what you’re studying, a focus on human-centered design will help you to deepen your understanding of the problems in your field, making you more effective as you navigate them.
Undergraduate Minor | Human-Centered Design + Innovation
The Inworks Minor in Human-Centered Design and Innovation [MHCDI] offers a broad, interdisciplinary perspective that integrates design thinking with collaborative problem solving. As you move through the program, you’ll learn to create impactful solutions to important human challenges, while reaching across disciplines to tap into diverse skills, ideas, and mindsets.
To graduate with the MHCDI, you’ll need to take six Inworks courses, including the foundational course, Human-Centered Design, Innovation and Prototyping, and a capstone to complete your experience.
Undergraduate Certificate | Human-Centered Design + Innovation
Providing a basic understanding of design and innovation processes, the Inworks Undergraduate Certificate in Human-Centered Design and Innovation [HCDI] will prepare you to contribute to interdisciplinary teams that seek to address complex human problems.
To graduate with the certificate in HCDI, you’ll need to take three Inworks courses: 1) Human-Centered Design, Innovation and Prototyping, 2) an Inworks course of your choice, and 3) a capstone to complete your experience.
Graduate Certificate | Human-Centered Design + Innovtion
Offering an advanced introduction to design and innovation processes, the Inworks Graduate Certificate in Human-Centered Design and Innovation [HCDI] will prepare you to add valuable contributions to interdisciplinary teams seeking solutions to complex human problems.
To receive the graduate certificate in HCDI, you’ll need to take three Inworks courses. We recommend: 1) Human-Centered Design, Innovation and Prototyping, 2) an Inworks course of your choice, and 3) a capstone to complete your experience. However, we’re happy to help you tailor your courses to your interests and needs.
We offer a broad array of courses that explore and encourage human-centered design, computational thinking, radical interdisciplinary collaboration, and disruptive innovation. But you don’t have to declare a minor or seek a certificate to get involved at Inworks. You can take a single course for elective credit or one of our many workshops to learn how to make things that matter! Take a look at our full course list, courses offered this term and next, or check out our workshop schedule:
How to Enroll
If you’re a current CU Denver or CU Anschutz student, you can enroll in Inworks courses through the CU Portal at passport.ucdenver.edu. To enroll in our minor or certificate programs, you’ll need to fill out a few simple forms, which you can find here. If you’re not a CU student, no problem – check out our enrollment FAQ to get the ball rolling. And, of course, you can always contact the CU admissions department for help with enrollment.