University of Technology Sydney

C11297v1 Graduate Certificate in Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation (GCCIStratInn)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
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
Inherent (essential) requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information


This course consists of five different types of learning activities delivered through a blended learning environment, combining the best of face-to face and online learning. It is one of the courses in the Master of Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation set.

The Graduate Certificate in Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation is a good entry point for students wanting to explore new ways of thinking. The course is anchored around the key concepts of Complexity, Transdisciplinarity, Networks & Ecosystems and Futuring. It enables individuals and organisations to reflect on, expand and interchange their practices. Participants can choose to progress to the graduate diploma or master’s course in Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation on successful completion of the graduate certificate.

Career options

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

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Analyse established patterns, assumptions and understandings of real-world problem situations utilising frameworks of complexity and systems thinking
1.2 Propose interventions in complex dynamic problem situations within organisations and professional fields
1.3 Articulate strategies for contributing to thriving and sustainable innovation networks and ecosystems
2.1 Draw on theoretical and philosophical perspectives to analyse 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 and apply 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 approaches 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 Create and execute experimental projects by drawing from a range of disciplines and fields of practice to examine their innovation potential
3.3 Engage with diverse worldviews and exercise ethical judgement in evaluating the impact of innovation on stakeholders, communities and the environment
4.1 Articulate the conditions required to develop the collective capacity across different levels of professional practice to respond to complex global challenges

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.

Inherent (essential) requirements

Inherent (essential) requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course. This Statement should be read in conjunction with the UTS Student Rules.

Prospective or current student concerned about their ability to meet these requirements should discuss their concerns with the Academic Liaison Officer in their faculty or school and/or UTS Accessibility Service on 9514 1177 or at

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

For course specific information see the TD School Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a 9-month, part-time basis. It is taught in intensive mode in short sessions.

Course structure

Students must complete 24 credit points made up of 9 credit points of core subjects, 9 credit points of key enabling methodology subjects, 3 credit points of studio choice and 3 credit points of electives.

Course completion requirements

STM91382 Core subjects (Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation PG) 9cp
CBK91828 9cp Key Enabling Methodologies GCCISI 9cp
CBK91829 Studio choice (Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation PG) 3cp
CBK91830 Electives (Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation PG) 3cp
Total 24cp

Course program

The following example shows a typical part-time program.

Year 1
March session
94700 Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation - Masterclass   3cp
April Session
94701 Practices and Transdisciplinary Action   3cp
May session
94711 Fields of Thought   3cp
June Session
94702 Thinking Complexly: Beyond Problem Solving   3cp
July session
94713 Studio Project 2   3cp
September Session
94712 Studio Project 1   3cp
October session
94709 Future Value and Impact   3cp
November Session
94725 Creating Innovation Ecosystems   3cp

Other information

Further information is available from:

Dr Barbara Doran

Course Director, Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation