Creativity is a skill in high-demand everywhere in the world, independently of the field. But for one reason or another, many people still believe that creativity is only reserved for a lucky few or that it has no place in non-artistic fields. With this minor, we will break away those myths. You will learn how to become more creative (individually, in teams and in larger contexts), gain creative confidence, apply approaches to creative processes and critically think in innovative and forward-looking ways.
When you finalise the Minor Connected Creativity, you will be able to bring a creative-leading edge to your own fields of expertise and future workplace. This is particularly important, as we consider that current and future jobs are becoming more interconnected, imbued with political, cultural, societal and technological dimensions.
For Whom?We aim for an interdisciplinary minor:
• 1/3 from the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (TU Delft)
• 1/3 from other TU Delft faculties
• 1/3 other disciplines
What will you learn?Deliberate approaches to creativity, which will support you in gathering knowledge, skills and attitudes to apply creativity from the individual, to teams, to organisations and larger contexts.
About the minor
This minor focuses explicitly on deliberate creativity in everyday contexts. This means that we will support you in reflecting upon your knowledge and disciplines, making you aware of your own assumptions and willing to approach problems from other perspectives. We will do that by guiding you towards a structured and reflective creative process. Our focus is to provide you the creative confidence, the skills, tools and approaches that you can take with you on your future educational and career steps.
As the name indicates, the minor Connected Creativity strives to connect different disciplines in an interdisciplinary manner. The focus on interdisciplinary domains is a direct response to the need to shape our future. Most current and future challenges are dynamic, constantly changing, involving multiple stakeholders and thus, not bound to a single field of expertise. With this minor, we will connect you across disciplines: you will work in diverse teams (in terms of studies, but also expertise, age, personal character or culture). Ultimately, you will be confronted with different viewpoints and will be encouraged to use each other’s knowledge and insights to arrive at creative insights.
The minor offers:
- A creative deep dive: a week full of creative activities and team-building exercises.
- A variety of learning activities, which include but are not limited to workshops, creative sessions, creative interventions, seminars and lots and lots of (virtual) post-its.
- A way to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes required to apply deliberate creativity in order to improve your capability of, and effectiveness in, handling real-life problems and challenges.
- Exploration of topics that enable you to reflect and grow as a creative person, but also as a team member and facilitator in creative settings, in a safe and brave space.
- You will be guided in translating practice, theory and reflection on your experiences back to practice.
- Interdisciplinary collaboration with students from different studies, teaching staff, experts and real-life clients, which will support you in becoming a creative innovator.
The minor is built up in two parts: The first quarter of 15 ECTS is block A - ‘Ignited’; and is all about the basics of Creativity. The second quarter (also 15 ECTS) is block B- ‘Electrified’; here we will dive deeper into the topic and can only be attended after participation in block A.
Deliberate Creativity (7.5 ECs): This is a practical course in which you will learn and experience the iCPS-process (Integrated Creative Problem Solving) through three cases from different domains, with real clients. The focus of this course is on creativity skills and attitudes.
CreativiTree (4.5 ECs): This is a knowledge-based course in which you will learn the theoretical background of creativity. You can apply this knowledge in the aforementioned course DC.
Creative Path (3 ECs): This is a course focused on reflection and on the development of your creative confidence, from the individual to the team level. We will do this by reflecting on your experiences and on creativity as a cognitive and social phenomenon.
Practice of Creativity (8 ECs): In this course you will apply knowledge from Block A within the organisational context, by looking at barriers and success factors of creativity within organisations. You will work in teams of 3 or 4 on concrete cases within the context of real organisations.
Contextualising Creativity (7 ECs): This is a knowledge and research-based course, where you will be confronted with creativity theories/practices in social, political and technological contexts. Driven by your curiosity, you will investigate how creativity has interacted with(in) a variety of topics and fields.
Students about this minor:
"I felt quite confidence about being creative before the minor and, therefore, was surprised how much it has increased. Now I feel like I have enough knowledge to tell people how creativity works and why it is so interesting and I feel more confident helping others in a creative process. I think my confidence has increased because we had the opportunity to try new things and get out of our comfort zone in a safe environment." - IDE student
"I have to say that I myself was surprised with how much this minor has given me, and it has become even more apparent that creativity is gravely undervalued in the engineering fields (or at least the IT field as I know it)" - EWI student
"Before, I was aware of the demand for creativity, but I did not know about the existence of these creativity techniques. The minor made me aware of them and made me appreciate them by making use of it as tools." - BK student
"I have improved my mindset of being a future ready innovator. This minor focused on developing a toolbox for deliberate creativity in an interdisciplinary context and, more importantly, helped me increase my creative/innovative attitude." EWI student
All disciplines are welcome in Connected Creativity. From engineering to psychology. From German literature to astrophysics. We aim for a division between students based on:
- 1/3 from the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (TU Delft)
- 1/3 from other TU Delft faculties
- 1/3 other disciplines
Enrolment for this minor
Minors of the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering are open only for students from academic programmes in the third year of their Bachelor studies.
For information about enrolment, go to: tudelft.nl/minor.