Courses in Creativity & Innovation
Creativity & Innovation
Creativity is what fuels cultures and society, generates big ideas, challenges peoples’ way of thinking, and opens the door to new opportunities. “Creativity” and “innovation” are often used interchangeably, but are two separate concepts. Creativity has been defined by experts in the field as imagination applied to bring something new into being, and Innovation as novel and useful creativity that generates value [ideas into invoices].
Innovations have three general types: 1. Iterations – evolves the existing and makes better (e.g. cars and toothbrushes); 2. Hybrids – creating the new from multiple inputs (bookstore + internet = Amazon) and 3. Blue sky – innovations with a purpose that are later found useful (Post-it notes, Internet, social media). None of these can happen without imagination, which has been defined as the capacity to conceive of what is not.
As the sophistication of businesses, technology and consumers increases, the need to apply creative thinking to business models and strategies is critical for future success. But while creativity is a skill that can be taught to anyone and everyone, many employees are not given the permission, the environment or the autonomy to be creative. This must change and we can support that change.
Our courses and programmes are taught via a working relationship with The Learning Connexion in Wellington. Students will enroll and graduate in Learning Connexion Programmes, and be taught face to face in Nga motu New Plymouth.
New Zealand Certificate in Creativity (Level 4) – 6 months
GO1 Investigate media and creative processes when producing own work.
GO2 Present work for review that shows evidence of the application of creative processes.
GO3 Examine the role of creativity in practical contexts to change or improve outcomes.
GO4 Explore own creative practice in relation to wider contexts.
New Zealand Diploma in Creativity (Level 5)
GO1 Challenge conventions and discover new possibilities across a range of contexts.
GO2 Synthesise creative concepts/elements, experiment and test their viability.
GO3 Apply creative process to develop a series of works that demonstrate creative thinking and relevant technical skills.
GO4 Identify patterns of creativity that cross disciplines and cultures to create new understanding.
GO6 Manage and take responsibility for own practice.
GO7 Implement a project based on a creative concept.
New Zealand Diploma in Creativity (Level 6)
GO1 Initiate, visualise and develop creative projects.
GO2 Analyse patterns of creativity in diverse contexts and engage in self-directed research that contributes to creative.
GO3 Present an original project that shows the development of a creative theme or themes.
GO4 Apply professional planning and practices to facilitate creative outcomes.
GO5 Recognise the ways that different communities, cultures and disciplines view their creative practices to inform planning of own work.
Diploma of Art and Creativity (Advanced) Level 7