Introduction to Creative Process is an immersive, studio-based interdisciplinary course taught by four faculty members at the University of Michigan (one each from Engineering; Music, Theatre and Dance; Art and Design; and Architecture and Urban Planning). As a project- and writing-based course, students are introduced to creative processes from across disciplines and are prepared to master their own creative process for use not just in other courses and academic projects, but also throughout their lives.
In particular, the course aims to:
• demystify creativity and demonstrate it to be an inherent potential of all humans.
• challenge common misconceptions of creativity – that it is only available to a select few “geniuses” and can only take place in the minds of individuals considered borderline “crazy.”
• assist students in developing a conceptual foundation for identifying creative approaches to arrive at their own creative process.
• foster the ability to recognize creative potential in unexpected contexts and understand that creative expression in any filed is a process that can take many different forms.