Taught course

Disruptive Market Innovation Through Design - Short Course

Royal College of Art · School of Design
Certificate of Participation

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Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Activities will be intense and stimulating but no prior knowledge or experience is required. Innovation is driven by difference and diversity, and we welcome people from all disciplines and backgrounds.

Participants must:

  • have a collaborative attitude, as the course will be carried out in teams
  • have a good level of English language.
  • be 18 years or over.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

This course explores the new thinking needed to achieve step-change innovation. The Disruptive Market Innovation Through Design course is split into two different stages:

  1. Evolutionary stage
    Participants will consider the role of iteration in product design.
  2. Revolutionary stage
    Participants will approach the product from an entirely new perspective.

A key outcome at the end of the course is that participants will compare and reflect on the two approaches.

What will I learn?

Through a mix of seminars and hands-on experience you will learn to:

  • objectively analyse the features and benefits of a product
  • create ideas that evolve products, taking them an iterative step forward
  • understand the need for step-change innovation
  • use extreme idea-generation techniques, such as idea mapping, analysis and identification
  • use sketch modelling and presentation skills
  • deepen confidence in step-change innovation techniques.

How will I learn?

The Disruptive Market Innovation Through Design course includes:

  • lectures
  • disruptive idea-generation techniques
  • hands-on exercises, and prototyping
  • testing and iterative development.

Participants will work in interdisciplinary teams.

Course outcomes

You will:

  • have access to subject experts and experienced professionals
  • return to your organisation with new tools for innovation and a greater ability to work collaboratively through interaction and networking with a diverse set of peers
  • strengthen ideation and visualisation skills to realise design innovations
  • learn prototyping skills.

Who should attend?

This short course will be useful for people interested in:

  • creative idea generation techniques for design
  • disruptive design innovation for real-world markets
  • experiencing the teaching style of the Royal College of Art.

In the past we have attracted delegates such as:

  • research and development teams
  • innovation managers
  • entrepreneurs
  • designers
  • marketing managers
  • creative directors
  • postgraduates.

See a video about this course on the RCA Short Courses YouTube.

Programme team

The programme is convened by Tim Corvin. Tim has over 20 years’ successful experience as an innovation and design consultant within leading international brand innovation and design agencies, working with global and regional clients including Unilever, Heineken, GlaxoSmithKline, Carlsberg and P&G. He has developed expertise in establishing and developing collaborative relationships and leading complex international multi-disciplinary innovation and branding projects, including new product development and creating 360-degree brand experiences, encompassing brand positioning and identity to maximise engagement in physical retail and on-trade channels.

Tim has led the Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) Master’s programme at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, and played a key role in establishing the RCA’s collaboration with the University of Tokyo – RCA–IIS Tokyo Design Lab.

The full list of academics and external practitioners names is to be announced.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Certificate of Participation
    part time
    1 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

RCA Short Courses