Creative Thinking

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Creative Thinking

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Creative Writing, Writing Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Creativity is about originality and innovation and not about repeating what has already been done. This means you expose yourself to the possibility of failure. There are risks associated with extending personal boundaries. There is a mindset needed to go beyond personal comfort zones. An understanding of risk, an acceptance of failure - and how to learn from it! - along with the mindtools needed to develop creativity, are the components of this course.

    Course Introduction
    Creativity is a key attribute in a world of rapid change where designers and visual communicators need to identify, define and solve problems using means other than straight line logic. Creative solutions involve making insightful connections between unlikely concepts and materials, of rearranging existing patterns, of being prepared to adopt and employ fresh ways of thinking. You need to know about these strategies and how to apply them. There is a considerable gap between being aware of creative strategies and actually using them. Using them can be risky and often outcomes are unknown until the process is completed. Sometimes you achieve amazing successes, and then there are also the occasional failures. Exploring new territory is always risky and exciting! This course uses an experiential approach to learning, which means you learn by doing. The theoretical framework is provided as a foundation for practice. At the end of the course you will have learned to use a range of creative strategies. This skill and knowledge is potentially invaluable to you for the rest of your career.

    Course Aims
    Visual Arts and Design programs expect their students to be creative. However, students are not always offered systematic approaches to thinking creatively. There are methods by which you can develop and expand your creative abilities. This course demonstrates different ways of enhancing creative thinking, and it will:
    demonstrate the value of creative thinking
    provide you with a range of strategies with which to think creatively
    encourage you to explore the unknown ? to take risks wthin your discipline and beyond.
    provide you with the opportunity to apply creative approaches to specific issues.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Understand the importance of creative thinking, on a personal, professional and societal level.
    2 Understand a range of creative strategies in terms of their theoretical framework and their practical application.
    3 Learn and apply various ways of creative thinking
    4 Provide evidence that you have explored, and risked using, new ways of thinking, through the explanation and demonstration of creative strategies.
    5 Demonstrate that you have explored, and risked using, new ways of thinking, through the production of a creative product.
    6 Apply these methods appropriately and in context to specific issues within your own discipline.
    7 Apply creative strategies beyond the confines of your own discipline to a diversity of situations/problems, to produce creative/innovative outcomes.


    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Presentation - technical or professional
    Seminar presentation


    Log of Learning Activities
    Reflective Journal


    Academic development holistic assessment
    Creative Outcome / Product



Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.