UARTS 250 - Creative Process
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: University Arts (UARTS)
Department: CoE Undergraduate Education
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Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
CE
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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OVERVIEW
Creative Process is a course available to all University of Michigan undergraduate students. It provides a conceptual and experiential foundation for the cultivation of creativity within and across academic disciplines. It is designed to prepare U-M students to recognize, understand, articulate, and utilize their creative abilities.

More specifically, the course enables students to:

  • Recognize and demystify creativity, understanding that it is not the province of a select few, but an inherent potential of all humans.
  • Understand that creative expression in any field is a process that can take many different forms and has recognizable breakthrough moments.
  • Develop a first-hand knowledge of the interplay among creative impulse, media, modes of expression, and shared meanings in the creative process.
  • Develop a conceptual and contextual foundation for understanding the creative impulse and the processes for generating creative work, using examples from a broad range of cultures, disciplines, and historical periods.
  • Become more confident and more creative makers and doers, able and willing throughout their private and public lives to utilize creative process for positive, productive ends.

U-M Student Audience
Creative Process appeals to a great many U-M undergraduates, all of whom have considerable potential for creative expression, but only some of whom have much experience deploying it. Students welcome a course with a focus on a skill they know they need to survive in today's global culture.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND DESCRIPTION
Creative Process is a 4-credit lecture/discussion and studio/critique course with 4 sections offered by an interdisciplinary team of 8 faculty for 80 students. Led by a faculty course coordinator, faculty members from creative disciplines collaborate in teaching all sections. Over the course of the semester, students rotate through all four sections.

Lecture/Discussion Component
The lecture/discussion component provides students with conceptual, historical, and contextual information about creative processes across a wide range of human endeavors. Readings, films, and information in other media related to creative process are assigned each week. Following a presentation about the week's assignment, students participate in half-hour discussion groups of 10 students to discuss presentations and assignments. One faculty member leads each 1O-student group.

Creativity has been studied in many disciplines, including behavioral psychology, social psychology, anthropology, education, cognitive science, philosophy, cultural history, complex systems, and business. Examples from many of these disciplines are presented by guest faculty in order to establish a broad range of perspectives bearing upon creativity.

Studio/Critique Component In the studio/critique component, students create work in all four form categories listed below, then discuss/critique as a group both the creative process and results from each student.

Section 1 Verbal/Symbolic Language
Section 2 Visual Images/Objects
Section 3 Sound
Section 4 Movement

These four elemental form areas are domain-independent; that is, they do not necessarily engender expectations for results in any particular cultural domain. They enable a wide range of possibilities and allow for carrying out creative work with minimal facilities and resources. The four faculty teams each have particular creative expertise in one of the four form areas listed above. Students experience working with four different kinds of practitioners, and develop a sense of the vast range of options available for carrying out their own creative work.

The objective of the studio/critique component of the course is to give students hands-on experience in creative work through assigned projects. Specific parameters of the projects undertaken in each section are provided by the faculty teams, and reflect the particular form-focus of each section. Each studio module includes a variety of exercises - some short, others longer. Short exercises are carried out in class, under the close supervision of faculty. Longer exercises are carried out outside of class and brought to class for discussion of process and critique of results. Both individual and collaborative group projects are assigned. Faculty guide students through specific creative assignments, helping them to understand, discuss, and develop their creative process.

Course Journal
Students record their experiences in a comprehensive journal, including lecture/reading notes, project sketches, and culminating project plans. Digital documentation is encouraged. The journal plays a key role in developing the culminating project/presentation.

Culminating Project/Presentation
During the final weeks of the semester, students organize the documentation of their semester's work and prepare a theoretical and documentary project resulting from the overall course experience. The specifics of this assignment are dependent upon resources and skills available to the student and the planning of the faculty.

Student Evaluation
Criteria for student evaluation include the student's

  • development as a creator over the duration of the course,
  • intellectual development,
  • engagement in class,
  • journal, and
  • culminating project/presentation.

The entire faculty team evaluates each student.

UARTS 250 - Creative Process
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