Ignite Your Everyday Creativity

Creativity is an essential skill for the 21st Century that is innate in all people and can be nurtured. We constantly need new and better ideas for almost every aspect of our professional and personal lives. The goal of this course is to help you recognize, develop and act upon the creativity that you already possess.

About The Course

Course participants will:

  • Recognize the inherent creativity in yourself and others.
  • Identify characteristics of a creative person that relate to yourself.
  • Develop creative problem solving skills using the basic elements of the creative process.
  • Examine qualities of a creative environment in real world settings.
  • Evaluate an idea using the creative product criteria.

The course is taught by highly experienced professors from The International Center for Studies in Creativity (ICSC), a unique academic unit within SUNY Buffalo State. The Center is the oldest degree-granting program in creativity in the world, and its faculty focus exclusively on creativity.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best thing I am going to get out of this course?
By the end of this course, you will be more aware of your own innate creativity, and you will have further developed the skills needed to better employ it.

Why should I take this course?
As human beings, we constantly face problems to which we don’t have all of the answers. This course offers a way to develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills, which can be easily applied in day-to-day life.

Is this a course that has been taught before?
Although this course has never before been taught in this format (or under this title), it has been under development for the past 40 years as an undergraduate course in the Creative Studies department at SUNY Buffalo State . That undergraduate course, along with the International Center for Studies in Creativity (from which our instructors hail) were recently featured in a NY Times article. 

How will I be graded?
There are no exams or quizzes in this course. Your grades will be based on the peer and self evaluations for the Everyday Creativity Portfolio and Project-Based assignments, along with the final reflective response.

Will I earn a certificate of completion? - Yes. You can earn a Verified Certificate if you subscribe to the Signature Track and complete all assignments. You will have 2 weeks to enroll in signature track once the course starts.

Recommended Background

This is an introductory course and all are welcome.