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Creative Intelligence Catalyser

How can embracing creative intelligence help you forge new, creative solutions to complex challenges? Expand your approach to problem solving and be inspired with a suite of game-changing creative methods and practices to help you generate new ideas, insights and solutions.

About this microcredential

Designed by UTS’s award-winning, global leaders in creative intelligence, this 6-week Creative Intelligence Catalyser course will propel your innovative practice to new heights, taking you through 24 creative tools and practices to add to your innovation toolkit.

With content drawn from the UTS TD School’s ground-breaking Master of Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation program, this microcredential will introduce you to new and novel approaches that will reinvigorate and reenergise the way you generate, discover and explore new ideas, insights and solutions (as well as uncover blind spots).

Over six weeks, you will examine cutting-edge insights drawn from a diverse range of professional domains, including fields such as creative arts and neuroscience, to inform and fortify the creative capability of both individuals and collectives. Using this unique transdisciplinary approach, you are encouraged to cultivate a culture of curiosity, experimentation, playfulness and inventiveness while developing analytical, sensemaking and creative practices.

You will also develop skills for communication and advocacy of new approaches, concepts and ideas to stakeholders; a critical step in innovation adoption.

Delivered in a series of weekly, highly interactive, online workshops (meet virtually face-to-face in real time) by leading practitioner Dr Barbara Doran, Creative Intelligence Catalyser will unleash your creative capability to forge new, inventive solutions to the most complex challenges.

Key benefits of this microcredential

Mastering structured approaches to develop innovative, creative solutions to complex challenges is an increasingly valuable skill in any professional context or industry.

This course will provide you with invaluable tools to catalyse personal and collective creative capacities, augmented by a suite of sought-after tools and resources that can be adapted and expanded into future professional contexts. Supportive collegial networks (creative kin) will be nourished along with new ways of being a changemaker.

This microcredential aligns with the 3 credit point subject, Creative Practices and Methods (94710) in the Master of Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation. This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.

Who should do this microcredential?

Whatever field you are in – whether you’re working in a professional role in a corporation or in the public sector, are experienced in accelerators and start-ups, or are working in the creative industries – using creative approaches to drive innovation is a highly valued skillset that crosses all industries.

This course is suitable for all people, even those who don’t identify as ‘creative’. The methods and practices covered in the content will help you find and develop your creative muscle and thereby transform your innovation practice.


Full price: $2,307 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Additional course information

Course outline

Creative Intelligence Catalyser consists of six, weekly, two-hour interactive online-facilitator-led sessions, with UTS TD School’s, Barbara Doran.

The microcredential will cover:

How to engage divergent thinking and ground new ideas in practical action by taking a journey that explores:

  • The value of play and how it fosters creativity
  • The art of thinking fast and questioning
  • Mobilising the power of visualisation
  • Harnessing communication as a research lens
  • Engaging with scale to find new perspectives.
  • Grounding insights through stories, metaphor and collective meaning.

Participants will also work collaboratively in teams to apply practices and skills to real-world problems, as well as engage with readings and reflections throughout the course.

Course delivery

This course will blend online workshops, ethnographic and ‘life as a lab’ experiments, interactive tools, discussion boards and a suite of curated resources.

Over the six weeks of the course, participants can expect a time commitment of approximately 10 hours per week, consisting of:

  • 2 hours of an online face-to-face workshop
  • 2-3 hours case study exploration and group work
  • 2-3 hours per week reading and reflection
  • 2-3 hours per week assessments.

Course learning objectives

Participants will:

  • Trial creative practices and methods from different disciplines, fields of practice and cultures to reveal new avenues for action
  • Propose an experiment that integrates creative approaches from a range of disciplines, and gauge its potential to generate new possibilities.


Participants will be assessed across the following two tasks during the course:

  • Task 1: Experiments & discoveries exercises - group work, individually assessed (30%)
  • Task 2: Design experiment with proposed methods and learnings, individually assessed (70%)

To complete this course a pass is required in both assessments.



  • To complete this online course, participants will need access to a computer or device with a reliable internet connection and Zoom for online classes.


  • There are no required texts or pre-readings for this course, but participants may benefit from the following: Pink, D.  2005 ‘A Whole New Mind. Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age’. Riverhead Books, New York.


Discounts are available for this course as follows: 

  • UTS alumni/students 10% discount with voucher code: TDIalumni 
  • UTS staff 10% discount 

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

How to enrol and obtain your UTS staff discount (UTS staff)

How to apply your discount voucher 

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni or student discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS student number in your UTS Open Profile (under “A bit about you”). If you are an alumni and have forgotten your UTS student number, email with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement.  
  • Add this course to your cart 
  • Click on "View Cart" (blue shopping trolley at top right of screen). You will need to sign in or sign up to UTS Open 
  • Enter your eligible code beneath the “Have a code?” prompt and click on the blue "Apply" button 
  • Verify your voucher code has been successfully applied before clicking on the blue "Checkout" button. 

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02 November




6 wks


Avg 10 hrs p/w

Meet the expert

Dr Barbara Doran

Dr Barbara Doran

Barbara Doran (PhD) specialises in identifying creative opportunities that respond to complex challenges and putting them in action.

She is an experienced speaker, mentor, educator, project innovator and artist who directs her energies to building our collective capacities to improve how we live.

Barbara has over 20 years’ experience in working in the realms of collective wellbeing, including public health, urban and regional planning, health psychology and the arts. Her skills are drawn from working across the arts, the tertiary sector and from project experience in the private, public and community sectors which bring together practical, scholarly, imaginative, playful and collaborative outcomes.

Barbara's work is directed towards knowledge translation and social impact and is specifically transdisciplinary. In this mix, she has exhibited artwork nationally and internationally, been involved in numerous film productions, performances, cultural events and community development projects.

Barbara's work seeks to amplify supportive social capital; environmentally sustainable systems in cultivation and exchange; practices linked to food, slow fashion and adornment; healthy built environments; mental health and value of the arts in sharing our stories.

Barbara is a lecturer in the UTS Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation, where she teaches into programs including the award-winning Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation and the Master of Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation.

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Book a session

Tue 02 Nov 2021 -
Tue 07 Dec 2021
Expert: Dr Barbara Doran
  • Facilitated online via Zoom sessions
  • Online
  • 6 sessions, 12 hours total

Participants will also need to undertake approximately 8 hours of self-directed learning activities during the week. Enrolments close Tuesday, 26 October 2021.

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