ACP Creativity & Product Development

Capitalizing on innovation is essential to business growth, and knowing how to do so is essential to personal career growth. Addressing the developing needs of innovative organizations, this forward-thinking program focuses on design thinking and the nurturing of creative cultures within organizations for entrepreneurs. Students will learn to think about designing new products or creative updates to existing products, the logistics of implementing those ideas, and how to do it all in the corporate environment or entrepreneurial space. Designed with the promising creative professional in mind, this course series provides an intensive examination of the scope of demands of real-world innovation and product development, whether tangible object, system or service.

Who Should Enroll

This program is beneficial for those coming from several different backgrounds: international students and professionals who are pursuing innovative ventures; entrepreneurs who are challenged to find creative niches and problem-solving solutions; motivated individuals looking to start up a new project or way to handle their usual projects. This program will equip all of those in both creative and product design fields to approach business in a new way.

Program Benefits

  • Design new or updated products, services or processes to fulfill unmet needs
  • Learn to manage advanced projects to get products, services and ideas to market
  • Develop skills to analyze the viability of a new product or innovation
  • Utilize rapid prototyping and systems thinking to refine new products
  • Examine how customers perceive competitive products and services
  • Gain a competitive edge in the global job market through an internship in a U.S. company

Eligibility and Requirements

  1. Evidence of a university degree and/or substantial academic or professional experience
  2. Demonstration of English language proficiency (one of the options below). Please submit scores from tests taken within the past two years.
    • English proficiency tests accepted
      • 71 iBT TOEFL
      • 530 PBT TOEFL or 17 on each section
      • 685 TOEIC
      • 6.0 IELTS
      • B2 CEFR or ISE
      • 3.5 iTEP
      • 95 Duolingo
      • 50 Pearson Academic
      • Advanced Cambridge
      • EIKEN Japanese Test in Practical English “Grade pre-1”
      • GEPT “High-Intermediate”
    • Completion of English language school
      • UCI 10-Week Intensive ESL: Level 5
      • Kaplan International: Higher Intermediate
      • FLS International: Level 16
      • ELS Language Centers: Level 112
    • University degree was completed in the U.S., Australia, U.K., or another country where instruction was taught in English
    • Students must be at least 18 years of age or older

Students who do not meet our English requirement are encouraged to enroll in our Intensive ESL program.


To earn a certificate at UCI's Division of Continuing Education, students must complete all required courses with a grade of “C” or better.

Approximate Cost $7,900*
Format UCI Campus
Duration 3 months

*Program Tuition

Approximate Total Cost: $14,100 (reflects full estimated expenses for completing the program, tuition included)

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