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Developing Creative Solutions to Tough Programs
Certificate Program Director: Steven Pritzker, Ph.D.
A complex and fast changing world demands new and creative approaches to everything from corporate strategies to household chores. That's why the importance of understanding and encouraging creativity has been widely recognized in many fields including education, business, healthcare, government, the arts, and science. There is a vital role for creativity studies in making the most of our self-awareness and furthering our human possibility in an endangered age.
The certificate in Creativity Studies is designed to meet the growing interest in this topic. This certificate will give you a broad understanding of creativity research and allow you to pursue specific areas of interest.
The certificate in Creativity Studies consists of four three-credit courses, a three-credit practicum, and a one-credit integrative paper. Required Courses: CSP 4500, CSP 4510, and two approved electives.
Practicum: A practicum equivalent to one month of full-time effort is required. The practicum, which must be directly involved with creativity, is a special project tied to your research interests and professional or personal needs. Examples of a completed research practicum include the exploration and documentation of the creation of a professional art project by the artist; a verbal and pictorial investigation of creativity demonstrated by individuals who custom design Harley-Davidson motorcycles; and a first-hand, introspective study of incubation in the creative process.
Integrative Paper or Project: The last activity in the certificate program is writing a final paper that integrates what you've learned from the four courses and the practicum. This culminating assignment also gives you an opportunity to assess your strengths, identify further learning needs, and develop a specific plan for continuing your personal and professional development in the area of creativity.
By the time you complete the six required courses, you'll have acquired a theoretical and practical understanding of the creative process. Key areas include significant theoretical models, psychological components, sociological implications, factors that encourage or discourage creativity, and creativity applied in particular domains of knowledge or work settings. You will have the skills to:
- Delineate your own conceptions about creativity based on the literature and your own experience.
- Discuss your individual creative process and factors that have stimulated or inhibited your creativity in the past.
- Discuss potential factors (e.g., personal, social, transpersonal) that might encourage or discourage creativity.
- Give examples of biological, psychological, and social factors that play a role in what society calls "creative," and how creative one can be.
- Explain differences between creativity in everyday life and eminent creativity.
- Describe whether creativity has a distinctly different quality in different domains of activity (e.g., arts vs. sciences).
- Demonstrate knowledge of ways in which questions of interest on creativity have been researched, including qualitative and quantitative methods.
- Explain several ways in which you might enhance creativity in your own particular area of interest at both the individual and societal level.
- Teach basic information about creativity to individuals or groups.
- Conduct a theoretical exploration of a particular area of creativity studies, and defend one's approach and conclusions.
- Know how to create a peer group for sharing, support, or engaging in group creative activities.
- Design, implement and evaluate an application of what has been learned in a particular area.
- Discover new and unexpected things about the nature of creativity and about oneself.
- Take a creative risk and have some fun!
You may complete a certificate in Creativity Studies with a team of co-learners who work together on various aspects of the certificate or in an independent study format.
Team Format: Learners in the team format complete the two core courses together in a virtual classroom. For each core course, this entails reading the assigned texts, spending an hour per week online adding to the team conversation, and writing and posting a minimum of one paper for other team members to comment on.
Independent Study Format: Learners in the independent study format download a syllabus, complete the assigned reading, and write three essays for each course. Elective courses and the practicum are planned with a faculty advisor.
Two-hour meetings for degree and non-degree students taking the Creativity Studies certificate are held at Saybrook Residential Conferences in the San Francisco Bay Area in January and August. You are encouraged to give a brief presentations of your work in at least one meeting. These meetings provide an opportunity to practice presentation skills, help build connections for joint projects, encourage resource sharing, and provide peer support. Meetings also include short, featured presentations by students who have earned their certificates.
The Practical Value of Creativity Studies
Professionals who will benefit from a certificate in Creativity Studies include the following:
- Consultants and teachers in government, educational, health or business settings.
- Coaches for individuals in the arts or business.
- Training directors or human resources executives.
- Psychotherapists able to work more creatively with clients.
- Mediators and conflict resolution negotiators with skills to help parties find new answers.
- Researchers in science and academia seeking answers to complex questions.
- Artists, writers, musicians, actors or photographers enhancing their own creativity by better understanding their work process.
For more information on this or other certificate programs, please complete the form on the right. You may check multiple options.
To enroll in this certificate as a non-degree student, go to Apply Online and select the desired certificate option. This certificate is available to current Saybrook degree students in certain programs as part of, or in addition to, degree classes. Please contact Admissions or your faculty advisor/mentor about enrolling or call 800.825.4480.