Have you ever wondered: Why are some people more creative than others are? What influences encourage creativity? Is it possible to teach creativity? This type of questioning drives the curiosity behind the MA in Creative Thinking. The course is intended for individuals who want to develop a specialised research interest in Creative Thinking without the necessity of on-campus attendance. This MA is about creating postgraduates who can interrogate, and eventually add to, research on Creative Thinking (particularly research related to the Creative Industries).
Questions like those above, however, are not new: although our understanding of these questions continues to change, research into Creative Thinking is an evolving and established multidisciplinary field of study. Recent developments in this field can be traced back to Guildford’s (1950) presidential address to the American Psychological Association -ascribed to have reinvigorated an empirical interest in creativity (Plucker, 2001). Prior to this, such research had its foundations in studies during the 19th Century (Becker, 1995). As such the MA in Creative Thinking intends to nurture postgraduates who can contribute to this established body of creativity research. For example, you can see some of our work on the Creativity Research Network: http://www.uclan.ac.uk/schools/adp/creative_thinking.php
The MA Creative Thinking offers:
• marketing advantages for your business, and/or your own career development;
• the opportunity, after the first year, to specialise in a field of your choice;
• support for students who, after a long period away from formal education, may find postgraduate study daunting at first;
• encouragement for indivduals who may not have formal entry qualifications - experience counts;
• assessment by 100% coursework in the form of concise project reports or academic papers. So, no examinations, summer school or on campus requirements.
Flexible Tutorial Support
We offer a clear structure of progression, balanced by flexible personal tutorials; it is this bespoke interaction with academic staff that our students tell us they find both supportive and inspirational. You can expect to have:
• Weekly one-to-one contact
• Tutorials based around your schedule
• Web based conferencing
• Chat rooms with fellow international students
Like any field of study, some ideas/theories/practices achieve notoriety more on being fashionable rather than through rigor and validity. Certainly, this is the case with such a wonderful area of enquiry as Creative Thinking. The only way to navigate through such confusing information is to become informed on the topic. This is fundamentally what the MA in Creative Thinking aims to help you achieve: informed understanding on Creative Thinking.
Furthermore, a significant difference between good quality research and poor quality research is in relation to research methodology. For this reason the course give you the opportunity to cover a broad range of methodologies and practices which belong within established areas of creativity research.
The MA in Creative Thinking (by Distance Learning) tends to attract adults in employment who want to take the course on a part-time basis to fit around their other working commitments. Part of the application procedures for entry to the course is to establish -through a written personal statement -why candidates want to do the course, and how this relates to their personal and career development plans.
Moreover, the course structure offers specific career progression through enabling individuals to apply themselves to one of three routes: academic publication, research funding, or research project management. Some take the course as an intermediate step towards securing a higher research degree, such as a PhD, or building their progression toward an academic post; others, due to their interests, want to build skills on project funding; those who want to gain first-hand experience of research project management undertake a pilot project within a specialist area of creative thinking.
For an informal discussion contact Karl K. Jeffries, the course director, at [email protected]
+44 (0) 1772 895 185