University of Technology Sydney

C06135v2 Graduate Diploma in Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation

Award(s): Graduate Diploma in Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation (GradDipCIStratInn)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus, Distance


This course is also available to international students by distance mode only. International students are not eligible for a student visa to study this course in Australia.

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information


This course is based on the master's program, but requires fewer units of study. In most circumstances, participants can choose to progress to the Master of Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation on satisfactory completion of this course.

This course focuses on providing a flexible professional learning pathway for organisations and individuals to support them in developing their innovation profile and strategic leadership capacity. Participants are offered the flexibility to select subjects that are relevant to their practice, and personalise a master's-level program of study that is aligned with their organisation’s strategic goals and their personal career aspirations. It also enables participants to engage in a lifetime of learning that is relevant to the circumstances and stages in their professional lives.

Career options

Career options include line managers, team leaders, middle and senior professionals.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Analyse and reconfigure established patterns, assumptions and understandings of real-world problem situations utilising frameworks of complexity and systems thinking
1.2 Devise imaginative interventions in complex dynamic problem situations within organisations and professional fields
1.3 Develop creative and sustainable strategies for participating in innovation networks and ecosystems
2.1 Draw on theoretical and philosophical perspectives to examine assumptions and the ways disciplines, paradigms and practices guide thinking in academic, professional and everyday contexts
2.2 Examine different fields of thought, including indigenous worldviews and cultures, to elicit insights for professional practice
2.3 Gather, adopt, adapt, apply and synthesise knowledge, principles, concepts, practices and methods from across various domains to generate new insights and practices
2.4 Reflect on their own professional practice and develop strategies for integrating different models of transdisciplinarity to inform innovation practices
3.1 Explore different patterns, frameworks, and methods to test their value for investigating and addressing complex challenges in professional fields
3.2 identify challenges and new developments in professional fields, and conceptualise transformations or new practices required to respond to emerging challenges
3.3 Create and execute experimental projects by drawing from a range of disciplines and fields of practice to examine the potential of proposals to inform professional practice
3.4 Engage with diverse worldviews and exercise ethical judgement in evaluating the impact of innovation on stakeholders, communities and the environment
4.1 Analyse the conditions required to develop the collective capacity across different levels of professional practice to respond to complex global challenges
4.2 Interpret, integrate and advocate for various perspectives to persuade relevant stakeholders to adopt change
4.3 Devise initiatives for nurturing new practices, paradigms and professions and propose pathways to change that sustain innovation potential within organization(s)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

In addition to the required academic qualifications, applicants need to have a minimum of two years' full time (or equivalent part-time) work experience demonstrated through:

  • a CV, and
  • a Statement of Service from the employer confirming the dates of employment and the position held within the organisation.

Applicants who do not satisfy the minimum admission requirements listed above may be deemed eligible for admission if they:

  • have a good understanding of the field and career expectation, and
  • completed prior learnings, and
  • demonstrated capabilities.

To support their applications, those applicants must provide a one-page Personal Statement outlining the above.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on an 18-month, part-time basis. It is taught in intensive mode in short sessions.

Course structure

Students must complete 48 credit points made up of 15 credit points of foundation subjects, 9 credit points of key enabling methodology subjects, 24 credit points of elective choices.

Course completion requirements

STM91870 Foundation Subjects (Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation PG) 15cp
CBK92303 Key Enabling Methodologies Options 9cp
CBK92305 Electives (Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation PG) Grad Dip 24cp
Total 48cp

Course program

The following example shows a typical part-time program.

Year 1
October session
94700 Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation - Masterclass   3cp
December session
94702 Thinking Complexly: Beyond Problem Solving   3cp
94706 Frame Creation and Co-Evolution   3cp
Year 2
March session
94712 Studio Project 1   3cp
April Session
94701 Practices and Transdisciplinary Action   3cp
May session
94711 Fields of Thought   3cp
June Session
94721 The Innovation Lab   6cp
August session
94704 Futures   3cp
September Session
94713 Studio Project 2   3cp
October session
94709 Future Value and Impact   3cp
December session
94705 Summing Up: Your Contribution   3cp
Year 3
February session
94703 Networks and Ecosystems   3cp
March session
94707 Theory of Change   3cp

Other information

Further information is available from:

Dr Barbara Doran

Course Director, Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation