See also Diploma in Innovation course page
What is the Diploma in Innovation?
The Diploma in Innovation (48 cp) is the perfect way to add breadth to a core degree, beyond free electives (24cp). For an overview, see the course page above or the OpenDay slides from Aug 2017
Points of distinction include:
- Your graduation date stays the same. It can be completed within a 3-year degree via three-week Winter and Summer School sessions.
- It is equal parts (i) Creative Intelligence and (ii) Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
- It is transdisciplinary. You will learn through working with students from other disciplines.
- It is experiential. You learn by doing, usually supported by live briefs (e.g. industry partners whose organizations are live case studies)
- There is considerable flexibility in how the subjects can be timetabled. Many subjects have no or only one prerequisite, so that they can be taken as electives or in almost any sequence.
Why should I complete the Diploma?
This course enables students to gain exposure to real-world problems and collaborate with a diverse group of students, academics and industry partners, consolidating the course aims in their chosen area of study while developing the creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial practices sought by government, employers and society alike.
The Diploma has a strong entrepreneurial component, through which you get to learn the commercial context in which creative initiatives survive and thrive. This course will help (i) prepare you to be an entrepreneur, (ii) work directly for one, (iii) help you instigate entrepreneurial initiatives within corporate settings, or (iv) work within a corporation that helps entrepreneurial clients.
How is the Diploma different from the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCII)?
The BCII is a combined (double) degree, with the BCII subjects delivered in accelerated form utilising semester breaks, so it takes only one year longer to complete two degrees than for the core professional degree.
In comparison, to the BCII:
- The Diploma is available via direct application. Apply after you have joined UTS. To join the BCII you generally have to apply prior to joining UTS. Some Diploma students may be eligible to transfer into the BCII (details below).
- The Diploma is shorter. Some students want the 4th year for its internships, others prefer to finish with their core degree.
- The Diploma is a more balanced (50-50%) mix of Creative Intelligence and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. In the first 3 years, the BCII has one Innovation & Entrepreneurship subject, one elective in the 4th year, and an innovation project that can include working on your start-up idea (so ~75%-25% Creative Intelligence-Entrepreneurship).
- Exposes you to a broader network of students. You might take the subjects in the same sequence with the same students (i.e. forming a cohort), but you’ll also meet many other students taking subjects as electives or in a different sequence. This creates a more diffuse cohort-feel where you develop capabilities to quickly work with almost anyone, instead of getting to know a more select cohort of students really well.
Who can apply?
The Diploma is available to any undergraduate student at UTS with few exceptions.
You cannot simultaneously be enrolled in Diploma and:
- Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation combined courses (BCII)*
- Bachelor of Technology and Innovation (BTi)
How do I apply?
Applications for the Diploma must be made directly to UTS via direct applications.
Is there an enrolment cap?
When should I apply?
You can apply simultaneously to applying to UTS, or you can apply once you have started and ‘settled in’ to your degree. Students can apply for the Diploma prior to both summer and winters sessions.
Applications normally close one week prior to the start of the course. Please refer to the direct application form for details.
When do I graduate?
It is recommended to undertake the course during your first year to graduate simultaneously to your core degree.
You can apply later into the Diploma and recombine the subjects in a more intensive way for an accelerated completion, and still meet your core degree’s graduation date.
You cannot take only the diploma (with no core degree) or apply after graduation (that would also technically make it a post-graduate diploma).
Keep in mind, there’s no double counting of subjects. If you took the diploma subjects as electives, you’d probably need to take some other ones in their place, so that you can count the diploma subjects towards the diploma.
Can I do the Diploma on a full-time basis?
No, it cannot be taken full-time. The Diploma is integrated with the core degree, so it is designed to take 3 years to complete.
Can I complete it in a shorter timeframe?
While not intended to be taken in a shorter timeframe, there are ways to timetable the subjects to complete it in less than 3 years (see next question below).
All-in: Apply and commit to the whole Diploma
Dabble: Subjects in the Diploma are popular as free electives across all faculties. If you take Diploma subjects as your electives, you may be able to transfer them towards the Diploma and complete the rest of the Diploma. You will have to catch up on electives though. If you cannot self-enrol, submit an eRequest, which should be processed promptly.
Sub-majors: Some faculties have submajors that include diploma subjects, such as SMJ08233 Digital Creative Enterprise,SMJ10096 Entrepreneurship and Innovation, SMJ10097 Creative Intelligence and Innovation.
Sketches for pathways through the Diploma are available (Indicative only. Subject to changes in availability of subjects)
The only prerequisite structure is in the CI stream:
- 81539 Impossibilities to Possibilities must be taken first; followed by (i) either 81538 Frame Innovation or 81540 Technology, Methods and Creative Practice, and (ii) either 94666 Innovation Internship or 94657 Futures Thinking: Making Futures.
Innovation & Entrepreneurship subjects have no prerequisites and can be taken out of sequence.
What if I already completed The Navigator (or The Navigator+)?
Through our collaboration with the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship, we can offer credit for completing SSE’s "The Navigator" which may run during either main session. If you are enrolled in SSE’s subject, you can claim credit via either UTS subject code: 94684 The Navigator (6cp) or 94685 The Navigator+ (8cp). These UTS subjects are anti-requisites for 94663 in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship stream. So, if you complete The Navigator+ (8cp) via SSE, you can count it towards the Diploma. This option allows you to rethink your winter or summer schools.
I want more! Can I take more electives?
More Creative Intelligence? Yes, you can complete all the Creative Intelligence electives in the Diploma with the exception of taking either 81538 Frame Innovation OR 81540 Technology, Methods and Creative Practice since one is an anti-requisite for the other.
You can count three subjects towards the Diploma and the other can be taken as an elective in your core degree.
More entrepreneurship? Yes. There are complementary entrepreneurship subjects offered by other faculties (ask around, take a look through the UTS Entrepreneurs microsite or watch for the next UTS StartRail map for details), with new programs currently under design.
There are also extra-curricular options via The Hatchery.
I want even more Creative Intelligence! Can I transfer into BCII?
To transfer to the BCII, you:
- Are enrolled in one of 25 eligible core degrees for BCII.
- Have completed 81539 and either 81540 OR 81538 in the Diploma’s Creative Intelligence stream
- Scored a weighted average mark of 75 or higher across those two Diploma subjects.
- Scored a weighted average mark of 65 or higher across all subjects completed in their home discipline.
Applications can be made via internal course transfer.
Can I transfer out from BCII?
Students already in the BCII who don’t complete the fourth year will be able to graduate with the Diploma via the Internal Course Transfer (Graduating) process. Applications can be made via internal course transfer.
Please see the Academic Advice page for details.