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CREATIVITY CURRICULUM IDEAS

CRE I - The Creative Process (4)

This course will ask the question ‘what is creativity?’  Students will explore the origins of the creative mind and process and how creativity is expressed.  They will also study how creativity is expressed in multiple disciplines. They will analyze the creative process through biography, interview, invited lectures, analytical reading, discussion, and hands on experimentation.

Students completing this course will be able to: 

  • Understand multiple theories and expressions of creative origins
  • Articulate clearly creative process models
  • Define creativity
  • Speak with conviction regarding the place of creativity in society (the world?)
  • Understand and communicate the diversity inherent in the creative process

CRE II - Creativity Practicum (4)

Students will work as a group (or groups) to complete a well defined project.  Examples might include planning a fundraising event, organizing a launch event for a product, program or organization, organizing a major event on or off campus.  Students will be expected to think creatively about how to achieve the desired outcome.  They will be mentored by faculty through the entire process during which they will question the feasibility of their ideas and the practical nature of their plans.  The first half of the semester will be spent in gaining an understanding of the creative process as it applies to the specific event.  The second half of the semester will be the execution of the necessary tasks to achieve the end result. 

Students completing this course will be able to:

  • Understand the steps necessary to take creative ideas to final fruition
  • Be able to develop schedules that allow for creativity to grow while keeping the project moving forward
  • Understand the importance of using the strengths contained within the group
  • Understanding the limitations of the group
  • Communicate clearly with internal and external constituents 

CRE III - Creativity Seminar (4)

In this semester students are introduced to creative individuals who have or are making a significant impact on the world.  During these interactions they experience creativity as it happens.  This may involve some travel to experience creativity in various settings.  Time will be given for reflection and group discussion.  Students are expected to define a way to creatively summarize the semester experience. 

Students completing this course will be able to:

  • Articulate practical examples of the creative process in action
  • Present seemingly disparate examples of creativity in a coherent manner
  • Articulate ever more specifically the place of creativity in society

CRE IV - Creativity Project (6)

By the end of the first semester students are asked to define a final project.  They work to refine the project during the subsequent semesters.  This final semester is dedicated to the full creation of the by now well defined project. 

Students completing this course will be able to:

  • Understand and articulate the creative process from a practical perspective
  • Employ planning skills in the development of a project from initial idea to final presentation
  • Understand the process of refining ideas to allow for external limitations and practical application
  • Understand how to maintain creative elements while refining and developing initial ideas into final outcomes 

Total Hours: 18


 

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