Creativity, Problem Solving and Design Thinking

Boost your creative skills and creative confidence with a structured approach to idea generation, exploration and development.

  • Duration

    6 weeks

  • Commitment

    8 hours per week

  • Price


  • Study mode

    Tutor guided

  • Certificate of Achievement

    Evidence your learning with a Certificate of Achievement from the University of Cambridge on successful completion

    • Start

      04 April 2022

    • Finish

      16 May 2022

    • Enrol by

      21 March 2022

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Explore Creativity, Problem Solving and Design Thinking

Course overview

Learn about the role of creativity in problem solving and the application of design thinking. Discover the characteristics of difficult problems, the thinking skills that are used to address them and the thinking biases that need to be overcome. Apply a general creative problem-solving process and discover the specific creative tools that can be used at each stage.

This course will help you to recognise and develop your creative skills, gaining confidence in them and in the capacity to develop them further. You will apply a structured process to identifying problems and generating wide-ranging ideas for solutions before selecting and developing one (or more) for communication and implementation. The course will be highly interactive, and you will be encouraged, through individual and collaborative work, to apply and manage a selection of evidence-based creative approaches.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you will have a broad understanding of the application of creative approaches, processes and tools, including how to:

  • Articulate the components of creative work, and the skills (and biases) that are involved.
  • Apply creative processes and tools yourself.
  • Manage the application of creative processes and tools by others.
  • Develop confidence in your creative skills, and in your ability to improve those skills.
  • Represent your own creative skills and experiences, and promote and elicit those of others.

Study commitments

  • 8 hours per week

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at mid-career professionals with a university degree (or similar experience or qualifications), who may have some experience of managing within the workplace.

What will I get on completion?

Evidence your learning with a Certificate of Achievement from the University of Cambridge on successful completion

University of Cambridge course leads

  • Nathan Crilly

    Nathan Crilly

    Professor of Design, Department of Engineering. Nathan Crilly has 20 years' experience in researching and teaching design, creativity and communication.

Course dates

  • 2022

    24 Jan - 07 Mar

    Enrolment ended

  • 2022

    04 Apr - 16 May

    Places available

    Enrol by 21 Mar


Level of knowledge

  • Participants should have a university degree or equivalent experience/qualifications.

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