Combining BCII with your core degree
Interested in studying Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCII), but not sure how it will combine with your core degree at UTS?
We’ve asked seven UTS students from different disciplines and backgrounds to provide their experience on how the BCII has added value to their core degrees. You can check them out below.
Interested in combining your Business degree with the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCII)? Hear from recent graduate Sophie Phillips on how the BCII has added value to her Business degree at UTS.
Unknown Speaker 0:09
I went to Abbotsleigh school.
I graduated back in 2014.
And then I studied a Bachelor of Business
and Bachelor of BCII at UTS.
I wrapped up at UTS about a year and a half
And now I'm working full time as an analyst
at Accenture in the financial services industry.
Unknown Speaker 0:36
So I decided to study BCII with business because
I guess I always had a bit of an interest
And studying regular business degree obviously
gives you a great foundation for kind of all
those different areas, but I think BCII was
really where it kind of got exciting for me.
I'm actually quite curious about other areas,
obviously working in a transdisciplinary degree.
And I definitely say that when I was in high
school, I obviously had areas I was interested
in, but I wasn't necessarily particularly
good at one thing.
I kind of liked to have a bit of my foot in
a lot of different areas.
So something like BCII was going to keep me
interested and really, I guess in tune with
a lot of different other areas by studying
a transdisciplinary degree, so there you go.
Unknown Speaker 1:35
Life Changing, mind blowing, and uplifting,
I'd have to say those three words because
it's definitely one of the most incredible
experiences that I have kind of run with since
leaving school, and I came away from it with
a really inspiring network of people, that
I studied with, and they continue to inspire
me since leaving UTS, so I'd have to say,
those are the three words that I'd use.
Unknown Speaker 2:15
Now that I'm out, kind of working full time
in the real world, I have to say, it has never
really it didn't really resonate with me until
I got out and kind of started working full
The nature of like real world problem solving,
I suppose they tell you that in BCII, and
you do get to like interact with real life
clients and things like that.
But now that I guess I'm kind of out on my
It makes me super grateful for those experiences
that I did have in BCII.
Unknown Speaker 2:50
BCII really made me think quite differently
about my business degree particularly because
I chose a marketing major now the marketing
major at UTS does have quite a very strong
groupwork component to it, which, to many
other business students was quite intimidating.
But for a lot of the BCII business students,
group work was not overwhelming, it was not
something that was kind of something that
people will look forward to rather than dreading.
I think once you learn some really effective
collaboration styles and different methods
that are taught and you put into practice
in BCII, it makes group work that much easier.
And like I said, it's something you look forward
to so yeah, definitely really took me to the
next level in business.
Unknown Speaker 3:46
My favourite memory from BCII would have to
be in my final fourth year industry innovation
This was something that I feel I was so lucky
to experience that particular time I was lucky
enough to work with Merivale - transforming
nightlife for 18 to 25 year olds.
And at that particular point in time it was
there were quite contentious issues being
discussed around the lockout laws and how
I guess Sydney nightlife had taken a bit of
And so there were a lot of kind of complexities
behind the problem that we were trying to
And I suppose from Merivale's perspective,
I understand what that particular demographic
was looking for when they were going out on
a night out and I guess I did fall into that
particular target segment.
So there was a lot of research involved but
it was honestly so much fun.
Got to really kind of cement ourselves in
the Merivale team.
And funnily enough, this was quite a good
stepping stone in my final year of uni before
moving into consulting the following year
because it was really a great lesson in client
relationship management and, you know, building
expectations, try to take the client on a
journey and co create something.
So at the end, it's really an outcome that
everyone is after, and obviously solves the
problem at the crux of it.
So, yeah, that was definitely my most memorable
And I still catch up very regularly with that
group of people that I did that project with.
Unknown Speaker 5:41
Definitely been, obviously the incredible
lessons and methodologies and practices that
I've taken away from the degree but it would
also have to be the incredible network that
I've kind of developed over the course of
the four year degree, the BCII degree at UTS.
BCII is quite a unique course, I guess, in
that you're working with all these different
transdisciplinary people on completely different
problems spaces all the time, you get to understand
the nuances of how each person works and really
understand their skill sets and where they
kind of shine in different areas, very different
areas necessarily to what you might be interested
in or you excel at.
But just being able to kind of work alongside
these people, you learn the kind of intrinsics
of how they actually work.
And I must say now, having worked with those
people, and still kind of remaining quite
close with that network once I've left.
It's awesome to follow the progress that they've
made since graduating and being able to collaborate
on many different things as well once leaving
Unknown Speaker 7:02
I'd have to say, studying combined degree
was extremely useful for me as I was seeking
jobs towards the end of uni.
BCII is absolutely something that stands out
on the resume.
And you'll often find that a lot of people
who I guess, do kind of work at these really
interesting jobs that you might be trying
They're working at the intersection of knowledge,
they're working in somewhat of a transdisciplinary
They might have studied, maybe not BCII, but
they have these two kind of different areas
of knowledge or maybe multiple that come together
and have an interesting way of bringing new
things to the table.
So BCII in itself, once I kind of explained
it to people as I was throughout the recruitment
process, they found that extremely, extremely
In a mindset, it's more of a mindset, really
then a skill set, as doesn't matter what your
core foundation of knowledge is, as long as
you are open and you know how to kind of collaborate
across different disciplines that in itself
is an extremely valuable and useful skill
once you have left uni.
Unknown Speaker 8:25
To other students who might be thinking about
studying BCII with business, it's an extremely
I have to say I was really interested in entrepreneurship
before starting uni.
However, once I actually got into BCII, I
came across this term intrapreneurship where
people might be doing, you know, some really
game changing innovative things but within
a huge organisation.
And so I'd have to say that if that's something
that interests you, or even just entrepreneurship
in general, it absolutely is a great combination,
and you'll take a lot from the experience.
Interested in combining your Communications degree with the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCII)? Hear from recent graduate Julia McNamara on how the BCII has added value to her Communications degree at UTS.
Hey, my name is Julia.
I've always really loved English and drama
So when I went to university, I really wanted
to both have the opportunity to explore that
further, but I wasn't quite sure what I wanted
So I wanted to do as much as possible, which
is why I decided to do a communications degree
with a double major in PR and Media Arts Production.
And then also do the Bachelor of Creative
Intelligence and Innovation as well.
I decided to study the BCII and combine it
with my communications degree because I really
wanted to add and enrich to what I was going
to learn in communications plus, like having
a degree in innovation sounded pretty snazzy.
And also, it was a relatively new degree,
when I first started it.
I think they just had their first graduates
And the news that was coming out of it was
Like I remember my careers advisor just absolutely
raving about what it could mean and the opportunities
that it could give me as somebody just starting
out their career.
If I had to describe BCII in three words,
it would be driven, relevant and absolutely
It's funny, even studying BCII actually helped
directly with my ability to succeed in my
core degree and my communications degree.
I know in particular, when we were doing group
assignments, and when we were having those
more intricate kind of strategy and pitching
Having that, again, that knowledge, that ability
to think creatively, to explore that problem
space and to work collaboratively in transdisciplinary
and multi-disciplinary team's totally changed
the way I approached those assignments and
meant that I was able to deliver a product
that was above standard.
Something that really struck home for me over
these past four years with BCII is that in
the future, I'm not only ever going to be
working with communications professionals,
it's going to be transdisciplinary.
We're going to have to work with people from
other disciplines who think in different ways,
and to be able to bring that knowledge together,
create something new and then move forward
So I think without having the understanding
of transdisciplinary skills, that skill set
and having learned that through BCII, it just
be another blocker to success.
That's why learning transdisciplinary skills
I think is so important.
I was lucky enough to be part of the first
honours cohort, so doing my honours in creative
intelligence and innovation, which, to be
very honest, is as cool as it sounds.
If you think it sounds cool I do.
But I was able to take my passion for theatre
in the arts, and then completely explore that
in this crazy cool way, with the help of the
faculty, my peers, and all this transdisciplinary
skill set that I just built over the past
three, three and a half years.
So I took that love, like brought in a bit
of resilience theory, got to travel to Geelong,
made a verbatim script, wrote a little thesis
and then had this again, what I think was
really fun, really cool and super interesting,
like something that I was super passionate
about body of work at the end of it, that
you know, put a little bow on their's my honours,
it's really fun.
Most interesting project that I was involved
in was the industry innovation project we
did in our fourth year, we were able to work
with an industry partner, again, like we do
for most of the schools.
But instead of it being within that two week
time frame, we actually were able to stretch
it out for a few months, I found that really
cool to be able to dive in and explore their
innovation strategies, how they thought, and
then how we could support that.
Yeah, it was super interesting like working
with my fellow BCII team, getting to completely
change both our mindset and theirs and then
to have this product at the end of it.
Which would then help them promote and increase
innovation into the future.
I'm working as a business designer for the
Australian arm of a global innovation consultancy.
Which is really cool, to be honest, I didn't
think this would ever be something within
my career trajectory.
Like especially I was working in marketing
for the past three years throughout University.
But the way it came about was actually through
Like the company I'm working at Business Models
Inc. did a workshop in class, I got a coffee
with one of the facilitators because I was
just really intrigued towards what they do.
And yeah, kind of all flowed on from there.
But it's crazy to think about because without
BCII without that innovation skill set and
without that transdisciplinary understanding,
where I've gone would be completely different.
And I'm really fortunate that I did have that,
and that i am on the path I'm on today
If you're thinking of combining BCII with
comms, you should definitely do it.
Our future is changing so rapidly.
And communications itself is in a constant
state of evolution like having the opportunities,
the skill sets the chance to connect industry
partners and the peer group that you have
in BCII will only ever enrich your understanding
of communications and the possibilities that
you'll have in the future.
So yeah, definitely do it would be my advice.
I'm a bit biased though.
Interested in combining your Design degree with the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCII)? Hear from UTS student Joel Meredith on how the BCII has added value to his Product Design degree at UTS.
Joel Meredith 0:10
So Hello, my name is Joel Meredith and I do
a double degree in integrated product design
and creative intelligence and innovation.
Joel Meredith 0:17
When I came out of high school in 2015, I
graduated from the Scotts college I was definitely
focusing a lot around design technology.
I enjoyed the whole major work I had so much
fun kind of developing that product over the
course of 12 months that I thought I would
take it into my Educational Studies, which
is why I elected to do the product design
and BCII double degree.
Joel Meredith 0:46
So I decided to take on BCII as a double degree
because I wanted to gain the additional skills
required to both understand these different
kind of parts of the industry and more importantly
to be able to collaborate with different stakeholders
in these projects moving forward as well.
So I thought BCII would give me the communication
problem solving skills to be able to facilitate
Joel Meredith 1:11
I feel like okay, if I was going to describe
BCII in three words, definitely collaborative.
That's it for me, like the biggest, biggest
like vain in BCII.
Second most would be, I think, forward thinking.
I don't know if that's gonna be allowed as
one word or two.
But basically, I think all the ideas that
I see my peers coming up with always feel
like they're ahead of the time, like, what's
it going to be in the future?
Like, how are we going to innovate here or
iterate on this.
So forward thinking is a big thing and definitely
the pedagogical on serendipitous, which is
a term used throughout BCII and I think there
are like a lot of lovely little opportunities
that you run into throughout the degree.
So for me, collaborative, forward thinking
I absolutely found BCII complimented my core
degree, even after the first, the very first
winter school that I partook in.
So I found, I guess like mapping the course
of my two degrees, I really found like I would
learn these technical skill sets in product
design, which was fantastic, can't speak highly
enough for that degree as well.
But then I would kind of go and partake in
the BCII school.
And I would come back with these kind of like
And I really found that as I was going through
projects, particularly in the later years
of product design, I was able to apply these
different perspectives, these different worldviews
and these different kind of workflows and
ways of approaching problems just through
like the sheer of osmosis of hanging out with
all these other super switched on kids that
were doing their own things in BCII and being
able to bring back some of those learnings
and workflows into product design.
I thought that was really nice.
Joel Meredith 2:47
kind of elevated.
I think it elevates like your technical skill
Because Product Design gives you the skills
to build things, and then BCII helped you
apply those products to the real world.
So I think for me, BCII was like the biggest
bridge between what I technically learned
in product design and the real world, I think
if I hadn't have partaken in BCII, I might
have, you know, still gotten like the technical
skillsets to get a design job, but I might
not have necessarily understood as clearly
like, the role I was playing as a designer
in the real world, and how my products, like
influence the things around me and I think
that's a really fundamental shift that I can
definitely attribute towards BCII.
Joel Meredith 3:30
Particularly for product design, it's important
to learn transdisciplinary skills, because
so often we find product designers playing
the role of stakeholder manager.
So for me transdisciplinary skills at their
core are being able to communicate with people
from different backgrounds, different mindsets
and different worldviews and bring them together
and organise them in a way which promotes
like the maximum innovation and output or
whatever that project might be.
And my belief is that I think, like true innovation
and real innovation, this gets generated from
The relationship between two people, I think
you can come up with X amount of innovation
And then, you know, just by adding one more
person to the team, you can come up with 10
And we'll always get generated from the blurred
lines between those two people in that relationship.
So I think the better you are at communicating
with other people understanding where people
are coming from, and having a grasp on these
transdisciplinary style skills, I think you
can generate more innovation in your team.
Joel Meredith 4:33
I think the most rewarding project that I
worked on was, most recently we did our industry
innovation project, which is where you and
a team of students partner up with a real
company and they kind of bring a challenge
or issue that they're working on real time
and you help collaborate and iterate that
So we're working with a company called Live
education, who are responsible for you know,
a bunch of life education in Australia.
And you know, we developed something Initiative's
for them and then to see them, you know, kind
of like, respond positively to those initiatives
and try and take them forward in the real
world I think was positive because I felt
like in my core degree, at least while you
design a lot of things, and make a lot of
products, often it kind of ends there at the
end of the subject, which is, you know, normal
and expected but to actually take a BCII subject,
perform work with a bunch of students, put
it out into the world and then see it kind
of play out in real time and actually see
a real company benefit from it.
I think that was like really rewarding and
a really nice stepping stone into like the
Joel Meredith 5:41
So now I'm completing I'm halfway through
my final year of BCII.
I'm also working in my spare time so I work
for a company doing it's kind of like, it's
half way between product design and BCII.
So developing design systems and try to collaborate
between different stakeholders, giving them
the design tools that they need to prototype
And I'm also working for a startup as we're
working out of UTS startups as well.
So it's been really nice seeing kind of like
the corporate and startup side, and how BCII
can relate to both of those.
Joel Meredith 6:19
In my opinion,BCII, like definitely provided
me with skill sets that increase employability
I noticed like in all the internships I worked
across my degree, and then the roles that
I'm in now, I think, in like, particularly
in the interview process, people will try
and ask you questions to test like, how you
think and how you approach problems is a really
common in you know, like, most roles, but
particularly product design ones, as well.
And, I think I always felt like very comfortable
answering those questions, because in BCII
I am so used to trying to think about things
outside the box.
You're trying to think about how you can solve
things in a variety of different ways and
you think about how you can leverage stakeholders
or other team members and I think when an
employer sees that you are like a more employable
person, I think it's like a really important
soft skill that you know comes straight out
of BCII and luckily applies to a tonne of
Joel Meredith 7:16
I would recommend anybody looking, for me,
maybe most likely got a bias that I found
product designers just like crushed it in
BCII like excelled really well, because you
know, the basis of product design at UTS is
like design thinking design methodologies.
And the basis of BCII is like design thinking
and a lot of design methodologies.
So I found like product designers happened
to do really well in BCII.
And most importantly, product designers always
came back into product design with a bunch
of really applicable skills that they could
use like very tangibly on their products with
So not only do you get the kind of like technical
like design thinking skills, like how to approach
problems, how to organise teams, like agile
methodologies, lean startup methodologies,
you also get this kind of like more conceptual
world view on how product designers play a
role in teams and how product designers play
a role in the real world.
And I found looking at my peers and colleagues
that took the double degree path and didn't
I did find on average, the students doing
the double degree appeared to do better in
their final years of their product design,
because of these views and technical skill
sets they could bring to the table as well.
Interested in combining your Science degree with the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCII)? Hear from UTS student Clancy Beckers on how the BCII has added value to his Science degree at UTS.
My name is Clancy, I do a Bachelor of Science
majoring in chemistry combined with Bachelor
of creative intelligence and innovation.
I have grown up my whole life on the Central
So I commute to uni by the train, which is
kind of exciting sometimes.
I decided to pursue creative intelligence
Mainly, when I was in high school, I would
speak to my career's advisor, and I would
say, I like science, but I don't really want
to be a scientist.
I don't know what I want to do.
Whether I go to uni or whether I go to tafe,
or whether I work.
And I said that I liked doing art, I love
listening to music and I love just doing lots
of different stuff.
So my careers advisor basically just said,
if you don't really know exactly what you
want to do, then combine something that you
enjoy doing with this degree - BCII.
And I was like, what is BCII?
And she was like, honestly, I'm not sure.
But previous students have liked it.
So maybe you'll like it to.
And I gave it a shot.
I was very nervous going in.
But in the first school on the first day,
I fell in love practically straightaway.
Well, first off, I tell people, I'm studying
chemistry at university and they are like
- oh yeh chemistry.
And then I say I'm also studying BCII, creative
intelligence and innovation.
And immediately people say, what, what is
What is creative intelligence and innovation.
People think maybe it's about AI or robots
But I say it's about creative problem solving.
It's about finding your inner creativity,
So BCII for me, is very much about developing
myself into a person who can be fluid in any
sort of environment and not just a work environment.
It's teaching me how to be fluid in everyday
life as well.
So how I can overcome challenges in a creative
way, and use those challenges to create something
new and innovate it into a learning opportunity.
The Bachelor of creative intelligence in innovation
complements my chemistry degree, mainly by
letting me see chemistry and other aspects
of science in a different light.
Not just from the perspective of research
and not just from the perspective of exploring
the world around you.
But it allows me to kind of bring in different
fields of education and imagination as well,
when it comes to my studies.
So, when I'm learning about organic chemistry,
for example, I'm not just thinking about all
the processes that you have to learn and all
the synthesis that you have to learn.
But I'm thinking about how can I use these
and what other aspects of my life and other
people's lives will this impact with using
the knowledge that I've learned.
In the laboratory, when doing synthesis of
drugs, for example, and different compounds,
you have to be very efficient, and you have
to work really, really well with the equipment
and also with your team partner as well.
And we figured out a way to kind of streamline
And it was a bit like just making a recipe
I suppose, but seeing it from a different
light, so instead of seeing it as doing an
organic synthesis, we saw it as kind of a
game I suppose.
So we turned it into like, how fast can we
do this using this different technique?
And we figured out that we could do the synthesis
in a slightly different way to make it faster
and we could use less materials and we got
to leave the lab an hour earlier I suppose.
And plus we got to really enjoy, yeah.
My favourite project in BCII would have to
be, there is a subject called past, present
and future of innovation.
And you learn about the conditions involved,
which facilitate creativity and innovation
in individuals, but in groups as well.
And we had to look into a specific creative
intelligence hero that we had.
And I realised I didn't really have a creative
And they had to be from our own discipline.
And I was thinking, creative scientists who
innovate, immediately, I was like, oh, Elon
And I was like, oh, but everyone does Elon
So it got me to really, really explore the
path that I want to follow after university
and look at the leaders in that field and
how they use creativity.
And I started to realise that practically
all people who are leaders in the scientific
field are relatively creative and innovative
And it made me very optimistic for the future,
So that school was very transformative for
me because during the school, I kind of had
this uplifting experience of like, I can be
very creative in science, very innovative
In the name BCII, its creative intelligence
So people are immediately drawn towards it.
One because it has a pretty fancy name, but
because they see the word, creative, or innovation,
and they think, I'm a creative person.
I would like to follow some sort of creative
I'd be a creative person or be a innovator.
And there's other people that see it, and
they see the word creative and they think
I'm not a creative person.
I don't do art.
I don't like music.
I don't have really existential thoughts or
But BCII isn't necessarily for creative people.
And it's not for innovators as well.
It is for everybody.
And it doesn't require a predisposition to
being creative, but it does require effort,
And it has to require some sort of motive
to be able to create and also to create change
as well and to grow.
You walk into the first day of BCII school,
no matter what school it is, and immediately
you're immersed in this environment, which
just uplifts you and allows you to kind of
explore your own inner potential.
And make you realise that the path that you
may be expected to go on isn't the path that
you have to take.
And you get to create your own future, really.
So it's allowed me to create my own future
Instead of thinking about just research or
just working in industry, it's allowed me
to think about how I can explore different
opportunities, maybe create a startup, explore
completely different fields of science or
fields of science that don't necessarily really
exist yet because they will exist in the future,
but we're not quite there yet.
And maybe I can get a heads up on it and become
a leader in the field before the field even
exists, I suppose.
Interested in combining your Law degree with the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCII)? Hear from UTS student Megha Kapoor on how the BCII has added value to her Law degree at UTS.
My name is Megha.
I'm in my third year of studying a combined
Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of creative
intelligence and innovation.
My background and sort of what school I went
to like based in Western Sydney, so I was
like born and raised there.
I went to Penrith selective High School, in
terms of what subjects I enjoyed and what
I personally wasn't a big fan of science and
I was really interested in the humanity side.
So I studied a lot of history, I did both
ancient and modern history, I did society
and culture and legal studies.
Personally, I really enjoyed Legal Studies
and that's what led me to pursue law in University.
To be completely honest, I actually hadn't
decided what I was going to study with my
law degree up until the really last minute.
So that was like options day.
And I was going around to the different booths
at the stalls.
And I had received a really convincing elevator
pitch from the BCII stall.
And as I was going through the pitch, and
I was as I was listening, I realised that
this degree is so different.
And looking back I thought to myself, I was
like, it's so wonderfully wacky that I'd be
doing myself a disadvantage for not choosing
And at the end of the day, the driving factor
for me to choose it was the fact that I wanted
to stand out.
I wanted to be different from all the 10s
of Thousands of law students that are graduating
across the state.
And I knew the technical skills would make
me ready to enter the workforce.
I would get that from my law degree, but it
was the soft skills that I wanted to improve
on, I wanted to develop.
And BCII really would make that happen for
me, like its entire degree based in collaboration,
problem solving, and BCII in itself really
embodied that for me.
Words I would describe BCII with are - re-imaginative,
transformative and one specific BCII word
is - chaordic.
It's improved my confidence.
So that constant collaboration, teamwork and
liaising with a bunch of people from different
disciplines, has really given me the ability
to voice my opinions and engage in feedback.
And I've been able to take that same confidence
and apply it in a law degree setting.
So that would be, you know, feeling confident
to articulate my ideas and class discussions,
participating in law competitions from mooting
to client interview and negotiation.
BCII has really given me those soft skills
to really believe in myself and my self confidence.
BCII has made me think differently about my
core degree is especially relevant in terms
of the extra curricula I do throughout my
So that would be the various competitions
such as mooting, witness examination, and
in those situations, it's really integral
to think different to think in a way that
your opponent wouldn't think about, you know,
have a range of different arguments that take
And what BCII taught me is those skills essentially,
you know, we're not thinking inside the box,
it's really taking all your assumptions that
you know about that specific problem or your
client, putting a little box stepping outside
of it, and just viewing it from that perspective.
And it really gives you an advantage when
you know your opponent is really is only doing
a law degree and they've really been trained
in a specific way.
And this BCII allows me to provide a different
perspective to you know, I guess client briefs.
Why I think it's important to learn transdisciplinary
skills in my area.
So essentially transdisciplinary is actually
referring to a different range of disciplines
or faculties all working together in one group
or in one faculty.
So I had, for example, in a group assignment
for BCII, I'd be working with students from
IT, from business, from health, from engineering,
and you know, it's a whole range of different
perspectives in one group and you're working
on an assignment together.
And so the skills that I've learnt from that
area and applying it into my law degree, has
been really, really important for making me
future ready for when I enter the workforce.
So, lawyers don't always work with lawyers
and you know, you'll be liaising with a bunch
of clients with a bunch of different people
from different perspectives from different
backgrounds and to be able to articulate what
you want in a way that they will understand
is like important and it's so needed in the
industry at the moment.
Even perspectives of innovation, legal, the
legal industry is constantly evolving, constantly
changing and legal tech is an example of something
that's new, newly emerging and the perspectives
and the things that we learned throughout
BCII especially in terms of creating change
and driving innovation is something that really
gives you an advantage when you're going out
there and looking for a job and, you know,
attending interviews, you have something different,
something to talk about that other students
The most rewarding aspects of my studies overall,
specifically in relation to BCII has been
able to work consistently with industry partners.
So throughout each school or most schools
actually, we've always had an assignment briefed
by an industry partner.
So for example, in my first year, first subject,
it was, City of Sydney, they gave us a problem
and in our second week, we had to work together
in groups and find a solution.
In my second year, it was MasterCard.
In my third year, it's PwC.
So, like such high profile industry partners
and really providing solutions to their problems
is really cool.
And it's super fun.
And I guess it really sets you apart from
different from other students.
And the fact that it's all done through like
a think tank simulation or a hackathon.
I find it rewarding that it's quite different
from traditional forms of learning.
So I'm really excited every time I come into
BCII school because I've just been doing lectures
and tutorials in my law degree, and I get
to try something new and immerse myself in
a new style of learning and I find that really
really fun and really rewarding.
So doing a combined degree with Law and BCII
is in itself already giving me a competitive
BCII is such an invaluable degree in itself,
because of things that you learn about, already
make you different, it already makes you stand
out from the thousands of other graduates
who you know are just doing normal things
like business or comms or, you know, this
traditional forms of learning and with law
to combine this innovative, this really creative
form of learning, it really sets you apart.
It gives you a competitive edge in your, you
know, interviews or in your recruitment process.
Specifically the industry partners that you're
constantly working with, the hackathon simulation
It's super, super practical, super future
focused and it really makes you like adaptive,
it makes you agile for the workplace of the
future, which is, especially in law constantly
evolving, constantly changing, especially
with things like automation and AI coming
into the field as well.
It's definitely challenging, it really stretches
you and pushes you to your limits.
And sometimes I think, gosh, I really want
a break right now, like I could do with a
month long break.
But, you know, at the end of the day, I look
back and I think, Wow, I've grown so much
in the past, like two and a half years.
And it's not even just as a person but as
My learning has changed and grown so much
and I honestly couldn't have done that without
Interested in combining your Health degree with the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCII)? Hear from recent graduate Chelsea Baker on how the BCII has added value to her Midwifery degree at UTS.
So I took some time away from uni to have
a good think about what I actually wanted
to get out of studying at University and within
about six months I settled on midwifery, I
expected that it would be a really nice balance
of challenge, but also something that I could
really become invested in and care about day
And so I looked at studying midwifery at UTS.
I applied for BCII, as well as Midwifery is
It was the name that grabbed me.
So I'd always been really creative and innovation
interested me a lot.
So when I saw that it was offered as a course
at UTS, I thought, why not apply?
And I didn't know that much about it.
It was a really new course at the time.
I think my year group was only the third year
to be offered the course.
And so I didn't really know what to expect
but I was interested in enough in it to give
it a go.
So during my BCII studies, we learned about
a concept called T shaped knowledge, which
is essentially like a capital T. And that's
the way that I can best describe how BCII
and my midwifery studies linked together.
So studying midwifery taught me how to become
an expert in a really specific area.
So that really deep vertical part of the T
type of knowledge and in BCII, I learned a
lot more of that broad, less expert but wider
And through BCII, I learned that you have
the ability and the licence to apply knowledge
that you may not be an expert in your area
I guess like if I'm talking about like a design
domain, so learning about principles of systems
design and being able to see the health system
through that lens has given me a really different
perspective of what it means to be a midwife
within that system.
And the part that I play in the bigger picture.
I think, for me, that has been the biggest
value that I've gained from BCII.
It's not so much that it impacts my clinical
practice on a day to day level, but it's changed
my perspective of what my role is and the
potential that I have in that greater system
as I move through my career.
So if I'm thinking about my favourite experiences,
in doing BCII, I would definitely have to
highlight my honours project, my honours research
project that I did in fourth year.
I always had in mind to go into research,
it was something that I really wanted to do
And when I learned that BCII was offering
a research honours project, in my final year,
I jumped on it straight away.
I think the biggest difference in doing my
project under the Faculty of Transdisciplinary
Innovation as opposed to under the midwifery
faculty is that it allowed me to explore areas
that I wouldn't have necessarily had the ability
to explore in midwifery.
So my project looked at, and i guess compared
in a way, women's experience in labour and
birth with peak mystical experiences that
people experience outside of that context.
And it's, I guess quite a creative and left
of field piece of research that I don't think
that I would have had the ability to look
at under a health specific faculty.
I think it's really important to learn transdisciplinary
skills in relation to health because I think
health is kind of like our foundation.
It underpins almost everything else that we
do in life, whether that's on an individual
level or as a community, if our health is
off our life and our society really struggles.
So I think it's important to have an understanding
of the relationship that health has to all
these other sectors in our society, and on
an individual level as well.
And I think that having the opportunity to
actually work with people who are becoming
experts in these different sectors as you
do when you do collaborative projects with
your peers in BCII gives you a different appreciation
for the value that those sectors bring individually
and also how they can bring value to your
profession and vice versa, that you develop
this appreciation for information and knowledge
exchange and sharing.
And it helps you to develop an understanding
of the interconnectedness between all the
Studying midwifery you have a really clear
idea of the direction that you're going to
go, you know that you're going to complete
your studies, get a job and work as a midwife.
Whereas studying midwifery and BCII, I know
that that is there for me as a pathway.
But I can be a midwife, and also be a researcher
and work on projects that aren't necessarily
midwifery specific, and go and also articulate
the value of midwifery practice to people
who work completely in totally different sectors
that may have not necessarily encountered
the concepts that we learn about in midwifery
and make them valuable and relevant to a really
And those are skills that I would never have
learnt or have in my toolkit if I hadn't done
the dual degree.
I can say from experience that although the
workload is heavy and it is demanding of your
time, you do still have time to have a life.
You can see friends, I went on holidays, almost
every semester, even though they were shorter
than what, you know, someone doing just a
core degree would have.
And I also got opportunities to do things
like global studio.
So at the end of my second year, I went to
India with BCII and spent three weeks doing
a community project there.
And although it was technically uni work,
it allowed me to see a part of the world that
I wouldn't have had the opportunity to necessarily
So when you're, you know, considering how
you're going to fit it all in, just know that
there is time to make it work.
You just have to be clever and committed to
your time management.
The impact that BCII had on me, it changed
completely the way that I see the world.
And it made me evolve as a person in a professional
and personal sense.
The people that you come across, the concepts
that you come across, the experiences that
you have, are, unreal and they they will change
you and for the better.
Interested in combining your Engineering degree with the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCII)? Hear from UTS student Juliet Hodgson on how the BCII has added value to her Engineering degree at UTS.
Hi I am Juliet.
I'm a second year engineering and BCII student.
I was born in Sydney but I grew up in England.
Honestly, the reason I took it in the first
place was it sounded kind of cool.
And with engineering doing BCII takes no extra
So it seemed like I was getting two for one,
which was a pretty good deal.
The reason I stayed was so much more.
I love the social aspects of the degree and
the range of the people you meet, the industry
exposure, but mainly I love solving problems.
As an engineer, it is our role to create a
better world, for the future generations,
and I think the BCII is really going to help
me do that.
Sometimes the ideas in BCII are quite abstract,
and I think it really complements the often
quite logical thinking that is needed in my
It's always important to have more than one
way to think.
BCII has given me the ability to think logically,
abstractly and critically all at the same
And it's been really helpful, especially in
group design projects.
In one of my engineering subjects this year,
we had to design something that would help
with the bushfires.
And I think BCII allowed me to bring a really
different perspective to my group.
The engineering process is often very linear.
And while this simplifies a lot of the more
complicated work, it can miss out key aspects.
Curing the symptoms but not the disease, so
Transdisciplinary skills help you dig a little
deeper and consider all the aspects of the
As the world gets more complicated, so does
its problems and it's very hard to actually
solve them with a linear mindset.
So there's so many favourite experiences to
choose from, from lunches with friends on
the alumni green to getting to do some work
with International Conference Centre Sydney
based off my first project in Winter School,
to satisfaction and group celebration when
you finally hit that submit button at 11:58pm.
With that being said, my favourite moment
has to come from the experience of being on
the executive committee with BCII connect,
which is our social society.
Every year during O'week without giving too
much away, the first year of BCII students
do a scavenger hunt and this year, I was tasked
with creating it.
A few weeks ago, someone posted in one of
our social Facebook groups that about how
they felt that doing the scavenger hunt had
been so beneficial because despite lockdown,
they felt like they had friends at Uni.
And they've been having zoom drinks ever since.
I don't mean to be dramatic, but it honestly
brought a bit of a tear to my eye.
The most rewarding element of my studies so
far hasn't been a single moment.
It's been, being able to create solutions
to real world problems in two days, and just
the knowledge and affirmation, if I can do
that, I definitely have the power to make
the world a better place.
Ask yourself what's holding you back?
Is the reason the lack of holidays because
I guarantee you there are still plenty.
Then you know if all these reasons are just
fear, ignore it and jump right in.
Without being too cheesy, my way of describing
the BCII in three words, would be just do