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This answer is for the Design Thinking courses only. View the following links for the answer to this question for the other programs:

Can I take the courses out of sequence/out of order? Do I have to meet the prerequisites listed?

For the four RITx Design Thinking Courses (THINK501x, THINK502x, THINK503x. THINK504x), we do recommend completing the listed prerequisites or ensuring equivalent understanding of the knowledge of the prerequisites in order to be successful in the course work. However, there is nothing that prohibits you from taking the courses out of sequence. You can also take courses concurrently (at the same time), depending on the offering schedule. If you take the courses out of order, you will notice references to topics covered in the previous courses as we do build on concepts from course to course. View the edX About pages for each course (linked below) for details on prerequisites.

For the THINK525 Design Thinking Capstone, you should only take this capstone on the verified track if you have passed the four RITx Design Thinking courses (with a 80% or higher) on the verified track. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria, we recommend enrolling in a later session of the capstone.

NOTE: You are welcome to enroll in the capstone while you are still finishing up one or more of the courses (or while you are waiting for your final grade in one or more of the courses).  We will verify if you meet the criteria or not at the appropriate time closer to the capstone start date. Please only enroll in the capstone if you are close to completion of the four courses on the verified track

What is the recommended sequence of courses?

For the best learning experience, we recommend completing the four RITx Design Thinking Courses in the following order:

  1. THINK501x Design Thinking Fundamentals
  2. THINK502x Design Thinking: Empathizing to Understand the Problem
  3. THINK503x Design Thinking: Ideation, Iteration and Communication
  4. THINK504x Design Thinking: Prototyping and User Testing

You can only take the THINK525x Design Thinking Capstone on the verified track after you have completed the four courses on the verified track with a 80% or higher.